Dan Gillick is an intern for QUEST. Originally from Boston, he’s been seduced by the Bay Area, where he’s working on a PhD in computer science at Berkeley. He teaches artificial intelligence to undergrads, writes and edits for the Berkeley Science Review, and occasionally makes small advances in the field of "automatic document summarization," which he hopes will be useful some day. When the weather is nice, he has trouble not thinking about playing volleyball on the beach.
The Farallon Islands, precariously perched just a few miles from the edge of the North American continental shelf, are home to an incredible array of wildlife, from tiny Auklets to Great White Sharks, The islands have played a surprising role in the cultural, economic, and technological development of the city of San Francisco. This timeline outlines the landmark events between Sir Francis Drake's landing in 1579 and the present day.