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Update July 2021: This page has been dropped from the website, but if you've happened to find it, check out the July 2021 update on the About Russell page.

Although I now identify myself as a Lightworker, my understanding of what I call the larger reality, is based on methods I learned and practiced as a scientist. The "map the territory" of this larger reality that I have developed using this approach includes many features that were completely outside the frame of reference I held most of my life. Consequently, I am very aware how much of a stretch the contents of much, if not most, of this website present for the skeptically inclined. When I began this project I had a skeptical audience uppermost in my mind. It turned out that many who found out about my work didn't need convincing that a Great Shift is happening, but welcomed the positive perspective I have developed despite my own long-held belief, based on a lifetime's work as an environmental scientist, that a catastrophic dying of humans was inevitable.

This website is designed primarily for those who feel ready to more actively participate in the Great Shift. Nevertheless, I value and respect the skeptic's perspective, and invite those who have delved far enough into this website to reach this page to judge for yourself the methods I have developed, and the conclusions that I have drawn. You might find some of the geophysical data I present in No Catastrophic Earth Changes of interest. For those who are interested, I give more detail below about my own technical qualifications. Back to Top

Russell Boulding's Technical Qualifications:  I majored in geology at Antioch College and by the time I graduated in 1970, thanks to its work-study program, I had explored for uranium in Colorado, done laboratory work at the Geophysics Department at MIT, worked in a gold mine in north-central Ontario, mapped soils in the deserts of Arizona, and mapped geology around the Maya ruins of Tikal in northern Guatemala. In 1973, after a year-and-a-half "grand geological tour" of Europe and Africa, I helped set up the Environmental Defense Fund's Denver Office. In 1975 I received a Master's degree in Water Resources Management with a minor in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, and from 1977 to 2003 I worked as a free-lance environmental consultant. During that time my clients included many national and local environmental organizations (such as the National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, and Hoosier Environmental Council), and a variety of government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne and Sandia National Laboratories. From 1993 to 1997 I chaired the American Society for Testing and Material's Section on Site Characterization for Environmental Purposes, and was the principal author of five ASTM standards.

I have gone into some detail in describing my professional history to establish my qualifications with skeptically-inclined readers as someone who has spent most of his life grounded in physical reality. The accomplishments for which I take the greatest pride as a scientist include three documents I wrote for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which are standards for the field: Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring Techniques (2 Volumes, EPA/264/R-93/003a&b), Use of Airborne, Surface and Borehole Geophysical Techniques at Contaminated Sites (EPA/625/R-92/007), and Description and Sampling of Contaminated Soils: A Field Pocket Guide (EPA/625/12-91/002). My greatest honor was receiving the Ivan A. Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award for significant contributions to ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock in January 2001. Back to Top