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Mar 28, 2017 Commentary
Evolution of a public intellectual: coral reef biologist Jeremy Jackson

by Randy Olson

This commentary is both a case study of the evolution of one public intellectual, and an analysis of how he has broadened his voice beyond the standard academic bubble. His story gives a perspective on the question of, “How do public intellectuals get their start?” They almost certainly begin as “mere” intellectuals — the public part comes later. But how? How does a studious academic go from following the media to being part of the media?

Volume 16 • Issue 01 • 2017