Barry Rice is a scientist with many interests. He earned his PhD in astronomy from the University of Arizona, Tucson; by culture and philosophy he is a generalist scientist and educator. From 1997-2009 he worked as an invasive species specialist for The Nature Conservancy's [WWW]Global Invasive Species Team.

As of August 2009, Barry Rice works at Sierra College, in Rocklin, as Assistant Professor of Astronomy.

Rice is involved in many aspects of carnivorous plants—conserving them, studying them, and growing them. His research focus is on the distribution of Lentibulariaceae (especially Utricularia) in the western USA. Rice is science editor for Carnivorous Plant Newsletter, a peer-reviewed journal published by The International Carnivorous Plant Society. He was Managing Editor from 1997-2008, but decided to step down to have more time for his own research and writings. He was also Director of Conservation for the society from 1999 (when he created the position) until 2008.

He recently finished a young adult's book for Scholastic, which is an introduction to "extreme botany", i.e., weird plants such as carnivores, parasites, and myco-heterotrophs.

Rice is an active plant photographer, and his first book (Growing Carnivorous Plants) was published by Timber Press in 2006. His large web site, which includes many of his writings and a gallery of his plant photography, can be seen at [WWW] He can often be found working at the UC Davis Botanical Conservatory, helping to manage the carnivorous plant collections maintained there, or at the UCDavis Center for Plant Diversity (i.e. the herbarium) where he has an appointment as an associate scientist.

Rice is a practicing martial artist, with a third degree black belt in kajukembo earned under Shihan Richard Baciarini and Manoi Jim Trapani at Baciarini's Martial Arts, Davis. He also holds a black sash in Senkotiros, earned under Manoi Jim Trapani. His martial arts title is "Manoi Barry". He and his wife (Elizabeth Salvia, with the same ranking) are senior instructors at the school.

Rice and his wife moved to Woodland in 2008, but is active in both Woodland and Davis.


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I for one didn't think you were bragging just pointing out that with hard work and good instruction you can go far... what is your book called, and how are you carnivorous plants doing? The fly traps and pitchers are my favorites —StevenDaubert

2010-07-02 10:45:12   Hey Steven,

The carnivorous plants are doing well! And the ones at the UCDavis Conservatory are doing well well, too. The new book is called "Monster Plants," but it is only available through the book buying program at Scholastic.


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