Scientist. Journalist. Champion of the Underdog.


Tetiaroa Atoll, French Polynesia. Once owned by Marlon Brando, this tiny archipelago is now the site of a research station.  

About Me

Brad Balukjian is a doctor, but not one who can write you a prescription (unless you're a sick insect). He hated school when he was little, but now loves it so much that after graduating from the 23rd grade, he has moved to the other side of the desk to teach natural history at Merritt College in Oakland, California. He has strong opinions about the value of education, exposure to nature, and utility infielders from the 1980s, and is pursuing a hybrid career of teaching, writing, and research to get the word out that science is accessible and (gasp!) fun. He chose this path because he never wants to stop learning and apparently has a strong aversion to money. This is his first time writing in the third-person. 

Journalism and Teaching

LA Times Bestseller: The Wax Pack

The journey of tracking down all the players in a single pack of 1986 baseball cards.

Magazine and Newspaper Articles

Check out my past work for Rolling Stone, National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.

Merritt College Natural History & Sustainability

I am the director of Merritt College's new Natural History & Sustainability program. Check out