In December, my third Scientists in the Field book “The Lizard Scientists: Studying Evolution in Action” will come out. It follows scientists studying evolution in the anole family of lizards as they adapt to new environments in the Caribbean islands. I’d seen a wildlife film, “Laws of the Lizard” and …
In 1995 wolves were brought back to the Yellowstone ecosystem after an absence of about 70 years. Since then, the wolves have thrived, and the ecosystem has continued to become more diverse as other keystone species such beavers are returning and adding new habitat for a huge variety of living things.
The inspiration for book topics can come in surprising ways. When U.S. Navy Seals Team Six killed El Quida leader Osama bin Laden, the crew included a military working dog. When people learned a dog was involved in the raid, they wanted to learn everything about it–what breed, gender, and what work such dogs do.
This book’s text and gorgeous photos show how beavers create an environment for thousands of living things. Their ponds become homes for microscopic life, fish, birds, turtles, and more.
One of the great satisfactions of researching and writing nonfiction is learning to be able to see the world through the eyes of people with a variety of views on a subject.
Learn how scientists are studying this unique species to help it survive an unusual kind of cancer that has been ravaging the Tasmanian devil populations. They study the genetics, ecology, and immunology of the devils to unravel the disease’s secrets.
Young readers can peer into the private lives of these powerful birds as they feed and protect their chicks with gentle care. They’ll also learn how scientists are using osprey chicks to study contamination in a river from heavy metals from earlier mining.