MEET THE AUTHORS
Nic BishopNic Bishop started taking photographs at age nine when he borrowed his sister’s box brownie camera—his family lived in Khartoum in the Sudan at the time. Ever since, Bishop has not only captured some of the most revealing and stunning photographs in our natural world, but he continues to capture an audience that transcends age. He holds a doctorate in the biological sciences, and is the photographer of many acclaimed books for children on subjects ranging from snow leopards to black holes. Nic was home-schooled in the highlands of Papua New Guinea when he was a teenager and often hiked into the mountains in search of adventure. Mr. Bishop has published numerous nonfiction titles with Houghton Mifflin—one being The Snake Scientist with Sy Montgomery, the first entry in the Scientists in the Field series, the winner of the Sibert medal, Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, with Sy Montgomery, The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Animal, with Sy Montgomery, and most recently, Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cats, also with Sy Montgomery. He lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Loree Griffin Burns, Ph.D. lives, writes, and watches bees in central Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and three children. You can visit her at www.loreeburns.com. She is the author of the award-winning Scientists in the Field titles Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion and The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe. Her next Scientists in the Field book is about beetles and trees.
Notes by this Author:
Still Tracking Trash
My Bees About Town
Tracking Trash and Making Art
Honey Bee News
15FXZ: Journey of a Ghost Net
Dolphin Video Part 3: A Trashy Sermon
The Adventure Continues
Messages in Bottles
Mary Kay Carson
Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman are the author and illustrator of Emi and the Rhino Scientist and The Bat Scientists. Mary Kay has written many books for children and Tom has been a freelance photographer for twenty years. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their dog Ruby where they wait each summer evening for the bats to begin circling above their backyard pond. Tom also shot photographs for Eruption!, a Scientists in the Field book about volcanoes by Liz Rusch. Mary Kay and Tom’s upcoming Scientists in the Field book is Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard, which is about America’s National Parks.
Notes by this Author:
Follow Along As We Storm Chase In Tornado Alley
Is It Tornado Season Where You Live?
It’s a Girl!
It’s National Park Week!
Last Sumatran Zoo Rhino Heads to Indonesia
Pluto Update from NASA Headquarters
Save the Date for Pluto
Celebrate World Rhino Day!
You’re invited to take a desktop vacation!
Andy Comins is a professional photographer based out of California. His first book with Houghton Mifflin and the Scientists in the Field series was the acclaimed The Frog Scientist, which featured many breathtaking photographs of frogs of every color, shape, and size. Andy recently completed photographs for the upcoming Stronger than Steel, and he was given the opportunity to shoot photographs of both spiders and goats for this Scientists in the Field entry. You can visit him online at www.andycomins.com.
Notes by this Author:
A Spider Story for Fans of STRONGER THAN STEEL
Keith EllenbogenKeith Ellenbogen specilaizes in underwater photography and videography, documenting marine life to showcase the beauty of nature, inspire social change, and protection of the natural world. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Kay Frydenborg fell in love with horses at an early age, and now she often writes about them. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three dogs, and rides her beloved horse, Remy, almost every day. The Wild Horse Scientists is her first book for Houghton Mifflin. Visit her website at www.kayfrydenborg.com.
Notes by this Author:
Wild Horses: A new video about an old problem
The Wild Horses of Spring Creek Basin, Colorado
And now a word from the wild horse scientist!
Wild Horses Okay After Sandy
Evolution, Climate Change, and the Future of America’s Wild Horses
News About Wild Horse Scientists
Bridget Heos has written many nonfiction books for young people including her first Scientists in the Field book Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope, with photographs by Andy Comins. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her family. Visit her website at www.authorbridgetheos.com.
Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. When she’s not writing about pachyderms and the scientists who study them, Donna enjoys reading, skiing, gardening, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with her family. She lives in Colorado. Learn more about Donna at her website: www.donnamjackson.net.
Peter LouriePeter Lourie is an author, photographer, and educator who has published over twenty nonfiction books for young readers, including three for the Scientists in the Field series, the most recent being The Polar Bear Scientists. He lives in Vermont with his family. Check him out online at peterlourie.com.
Sibert Medalist Sy Montgomery has studied pink dolphins of the Amazon; she has been chased by an angry silverback gorilla in Zaire; bitten by a vampire bat in Costa Rica; undressed by an orangutan in Borneo; and hunted by a tiger in India. She also worked in a pit crawling with eighteen thousand snakes in Manitoba; handled a wild tarantula in French Guiana; and mingled with the world’s largest and most unusual parrots in New Zealand. Along with photographer Nic Bishop, she created the first book published in the Scientists in the Field series: The Snake Scientist. Since then she has written The Tarantula Scientist, Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea, Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia, Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America’s Largest Mammal, and Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa’s Fastest Cats, all with photographs by Nic Bishop. In 2011, Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot was the Sibert Medal winner for most distinguished informational book. Her most recent book in the series is The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk, with photography by Keith Ellenbogen. She also wrote a book about animal and austim rights spokesperson Temple Grandin called Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism And Changed The World. She next writes about great white sharks. Visit her online at symontgomery.com. Author photo by Sam Marshall.
Sy Montgomery on Scientists in the Field
William MuñozThe children’s book photo-illustrator William Muñoz graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in history. He has provided photographs for more than eighty books. He lives in Montana with his family.
Caitlin O’ConnellCaitlin O’Connell, Ph.D., has passionately devoted the last nineteen years of her research career to the study of elephants. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed Elephant’s Secret Sense, as well as a photography book, An Elephant’s Life. She is a faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in the Stanford School of Medicine and teaches science writing for Stanford University and the New York Times. When she’s not studying elephants, Caitlin is running the nonprofit organization Utopia Scientific (www.utopiascientific.org) and coauthoring her first YA science-fantasy novel with her husband, Timothy Rodwell. Caitlin lives in San Diego with her husband and their dog, Frodo.
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent expands upon the knowledge gained while earning her Ph.D. in zoology from U.C. Berkeley by researching and writing nonfiction books for children. She lives with her husband Greg on the edge of a national forest just outside Missoula, MT. She has more than 140 published books to her name. Montana has provided the inspiration for many of them about subjects ranging from Native Americans to bison to wolves. The Call of the Osprey, with photos by William Muñoz, is her first Scientists in the Field book and relates research on ospreys by scientists at the University of Montana.
You can learn more about Dorothy on her website, www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com.
Notes by this Author:
Fall 2018 Osprey Update!
Ospreys in Missoula: Spring 2018 Update
2017 Osprey Update
Amazing, Chilling Video of Nature in Action
2016 Osprey Update
Montana Ospreys Update #2
Update on the Montana Osprey Study Birds
Update on Montana Ospreys
Elizabeth lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity was her first book for the Scientists in the Field series, followed by Eruption! – about vulcanologists – scientists who study volcanoes–and her newest book, The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans. You can visit Liz online at www.elizabethrusch.com.
Notes by this Author:
The Next Wave Update!
MARS SPACECRAFT MAVEN STUDIES ATMOSPHERE
Opportunity reaches TEN YEARS on Mars!
How Research Can Make You THROW UP!
Indonesian Volcanoes (Including Merapi) Erupt, Spurring Evacuations
No Methane! No Life? Not Necessarily . . .
Mars Missions Face Challenges From Government Shutdown
Curious about Curiosity?
Opportunity’s Ninth Anniversary
Mars Rover Opportunity is STILL Roving!
Steve SwinburneSteven R. Swinburne is the author of countless books for readers of all ages, including the acclaimed Once a Wolf, one of the very first Scientists in the Field titles. His newest book for the series is about Caribbean sea turtles, Sea Turtle Scientist. Steve also writes lots of very funny books. Steve lives in Vermont with his family; check him out at www.steveswinburne.com.
Pamela S. Turner lives in Oakland, California with her children and her husband. She has a B.A. in social science from UCAL-Irvine and a Master’s of public health from UCAL-Berkeley. She has written numerous books for young readers, including Hachiko and the Scientists in the Field titles Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes, The Frog Scientist, Project Seahorse, The Dolphins of Shark Bay and her forthcoming work, Crow Smarts. Visit her website at pamelasturner.com.
Notes by this Author: A New Species of Tool-Using Crow The Frog Scientist and the EPA The Sharks of Shark Bay The Sad Passing of Fearless the Gorilla New frog species from the wilds of…New York City! Report from New Caledonia Part 4: Crow Freedom Week! Report from New Caledonia Part 3: Are Crows Smarter than a First-Grader? Report from New Caledonia, Part 2: Searching for the Holy Grail Report from New Caledonia: Behind the scenes with CROW SMARTS! Greetings from New Caledonia!