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Researchers to visit Mexico's Sea of Cortez 64 years after Steinbeck and Ricketts' fabled voyage

In 1940, novelist and Stanford alumnus John Steinbeck teamed up with marine biologist  Edward "Doc" Ricketts on a six-week journey from Monterey, Calif., to Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Part scientific expedition and part adventure, the 4,000-mile boat ride was immortalized in the book Sea of Cortez, co-authored by the two men. In March 2004, Stanford biological sciences Professor William Gilly and other researchers will retrace the Steinbeck-Ricketts voyage from California to Mexico. Other members of the expedition are Chuck Baxter, emeritus lecturer at Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station; journalist Jon Christensen, a San Jose State University Steinbeck Fellow; and marine scientist/filmmaker Nancy Burnett, a Stanford alumna. In December 2003, the research team formally announced the expedition at a San Jose State University forum on Steinbeck and Ricketts. Portions of that event are included in this video.

Video: Mark Shwartz
Archival Photos: Stanford University Special Collections