Recipe for the Ultimate Restoration of Urban Oyster Habitat

For the past ten years I have been working on a book with Meredith Comi of the NY/NJ Baykeeper which will be a handbook on sustainable reef restoration methods. Our experiments and findings will be published along with a how-to illustrated guide. The recipe below is our initial guidelines for what the book will be […]

Eulogy for My Mentor and Friend Dr. Claire Broadbridge August 2nd 1937-Sept 2nd 2017

Above Dr. Claire  Broadridge with her son Stephen in the garden in St.Ann’s Port of Spain Trinidad late 60’s Eulogy for Dr. Claire Broadridge: August 2nd 1937- September 2nd 2017 Dr. Claire Broadridge was a force of nature.   A woman forever on a mission she changed landscapes, buildings and lives. I know this because I […]

Long Live the Octopus!

The word Octopus is Greek in origin Octo meaning eight which stands for its arms or tentacles.  So for once and for all the plural of Octopus is Octopuses not Octopie which would be Latin. It is an ancient creature the oldest known fossil dating back 296 million years ago to the Carboniferous Period. They […]

Villefranche Sur La Mer: History, Plankton & Micro-plastic

Villefranche Sur La Mer: This fall I had the wonderful luck to stay in Villefranche Sur la Mer, an ancient coastal town on the Mediterranean right after tourist season ended for a week.  I first learned about Villefranche because of its famous marine biology station where many of the Tara, scientists, engineers and microscopists work.  […]

Musée Océanographique de Monaco Revisited

Musée Océanographique de Monaco I could not believe it I had not been there since hitchhiking across Europe at age 18 and being once again submerged it in treasure trove of 19thc. marine specimins and art and actually exhibiting there was overwhelming!  I realize my visit there has been informing my practice as an artist […]

Confessions of a Sea Creature Trapped in an Artists Body

    All my life like many artists I have felt alone out of place a misfit.  No I am not gay, overtly shy or a racial minority many of the other things that many people struggle with as they strive to be a functioning happy member of society its worse…I feel and have always […]


    I will be having an Open Studio as part of the DUMBO Arts Festival Sept 27th and 28th from 12pm -6pm 10 Jay St Suite 620 (6th floor) (corner of John and Jay St) Brooklyn, NY 11201 Description” I traveled the globe collecting microscopic plankton and even in the most remote place found […]

Uranium–For Art, Not Bombs

I first came acrossuranium-infused glass in the Millville Art Museum in New Jersey. They have a fine collection of tableware made with uranium-infused pressed glass. As a side note, Millville was the hub for pressed glass in the 1880s. When it was discovered that uranium could be used to create nuclear bombs, all uranium was […]

La Boheme–A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril

I’ve started to create a series of works based on my disturbing realization that all of my plankton samples contain tiny UV-degraded plastics from water bodies around the world, some very remote. The first of this series was collected in February-March 2011 off the coast of Chile aboard Tara Oceans. The first of the La Boheme […]


Over the past three years, I have collected plankton from all over the planet, using both some very rustic and more sophisticated microscopy. Thanks to Emmanuel Reynaud from UCD. Some of these images were taken at an artist-in-residency that I had in Dublin.

ECAD 2013!

We just had our annual dinner at the Explorer’s Club this past weekend at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC!  I was the guest of a great Heroine of mine Faanya Rose, female President of the Explorer’s Club! It was so much fun! Mara Daniel Billy and Faanya Rose Mara with Harvard’s Allen Counter H’orderves Mara […]

End of Pier 40

The end of Pier 40 on March 16th…still looks like Hurricane Sandy was just here. natural skin care zp8497586rq

The Siene Is Alive!

I am back on Tara Oceans no matter city or spot it is one of my most favorite places in the world. As I re-enter the main cabin the sounds of the engine room and smells of fresh baked bread flood my memory and I am unable to suppress my desire to capture plankton! Plankton, […]

Ultimate Substrate for the Urban Oyster: An Experiment

This is an experiment I conducted with my students at the New School and Cornell Marine Exchange in South Hold in the search for a substrate that would work in areas of low salinity and also did not use plastic or concrete. free credit The goal was to find alternatives for which surfaces the […]

Niki + Graffiti

This graffiti I saw near Union Square reminds me of Niki de Saint Phalle… buy generic propecia online zp8497586rq