Bruce Alpine is a science writer based out of the Kapiti Coast in New Zealand. Renowned for his ability to explain complex and technical issues in a way that is both easy to understand and fun to read, Bruce has gained a small but devoted audience since he published his first book, A History Of Life On Earth.
Born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1958, Bruce was the only son of a former college instructor. His mother was born in Britain and immigrated to New Zealand when she was 21. She encouraged Bruce and his three sisters to read often and study hard in school, and when it became clear that Bruce had an affinity for science, she encouraged that too.
Bruce’s key interests revolve around the Earth and the life that inhabits it: how it sprang up, how it’s come to be the way it is, how it functions now, etc. In addition to his work as a writer, Bruce is employed in the health support industry. He has two children, one son and one daughter, both of whom are grown up.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in small town New Zealand. I guess thats the best term to describe it. Just north of our capital city, Wellington, on the Kapiti Coast. Paekakariki. A small sea-side town. I can't claim it influenced my writing in any way, but it was a great place to grow up.
When did you first start writing?
This was actually completely by accident, or more a result of circumstance. It all began over a debate about the state of the world and especially climate change, with a client of mine, from my day job. After some discussion, she suggested, I should write a book. Thats how my first publication "A History Of Life On Earth" was first conceived. In doing so, I decided to introduce the many different changes the Earth has experienced over its four and a half billion years and how the changes have effected the forms of life that have previously thrived, then due to the changes, died out. Paving the way for all the many modern life forms occupying the earth today. Including, at the end, pointing out a widely believed scenario that could severely effect life as we know it.
Natural selection has taken us a long way since our common ancestors with other species alive on Earth today. What will be the face of evolution in the future?
Evolution is definitely, A work in progress.
As the planet constantly evolved, so to has life. From the smallest organism, every stage along the way. Through ideal conditions for life, to conditions that have severely compromised and threatened the chances for all life to continue.
We have succeeded, where many of our earlier ancestors didn’t, as did every other living thing on Earth today. This is us, this is the modern world.
Mammals evolved on earth during the reign of the Dinosaur. Now, with their larger competitors gone after the mass extinction at the end of the cretaceous period, these small nocturnal creatures are free to diversify into the mammals we see today.
After the most rapid and widespread diversification of species the world has ever experienced, during the Cambrian Explosion. Conditions are now ripe for rapid growth, of living creatures. The Dinosaur.
The Planet, we call earth looks very different from today. But soon, the landmasses will look very similar. Life is now possible on land. The geological, atmospheric and environmental conditions are about to trigger the most rapid and widespread diversification of life in Earth’s history.
As oxygen levels were rising, many changes were occurring among early life on Earth. Land formations were changing, creating new habitats for life to establish.
It certainly seems life was beginning to flourish as the world changed. Or was it?
We all know that life on Earth is possible! We are here and so is every other form of life that we know. Three-point five billion years ago, Earth’s atmosphere and environment was very different from today.
The biggest question ever asked was: Where did everything come from? That question has been answered. Origins - The Universe, Everything And Evolution presents the scientific evidence and explains the origins of that evidence.
The biggest question ever asked by science is: Where did everything come from?
Science has answered this big question for nearly one hundred years. Everything was created after the big bang. If the Big Bang created the Universe and everything. What was it that created the Big Bang originally?
What is it that went, Bang?
Distinctly Human, An Evolutionary Journey is the journey from our pre-primate ancestry, through to pre-human ancestry along with other lineages that have come before us. Lineages that have thrived, then died out due to climatic and environmental changes that helped shape the Human of today.
A History Of Life On Earth, is a guided tour from the beginning of time until modern times. Taking the reader from the origins of everything, without which life on Earth would not be possible. To the origins of life, through the different Eons and Geological Periods, explaining the diversifications and adaptations of all life. A History Of Life On Earth presents the scientific evidence and explain