Welcome! Please browse my website to learn more about me and my books.
I write for kids and young adults, mostly about science and nature. I also have a strong interest in multicultural literature because I've lived in and worked in Kenya, South Africa, Japan, the Philippines, and the Marshall Islands.
Pursuing the stories I want to tell has sent me spider-catching in San Francisco, frog-hunting in Wyoming, tuna-tagging in North Carolina, seahorse-diving in the Philippines, and beer-bottle-searching in Death Valley (hey, it was a science experiment). I've huddled at the feet of a silverback mountain gorilla and watched in awe as a fifteen-foot white shark investigated our twelve-foot dinghy.
The people I meet inspire me, too. I've gotten to know George Schaller, the Zen master of field biology, and Tyrone Hayes, the rap master of frog research. I have the immense pleasure of turning my experiences into articles and books that I hope will make light bulbs go on in children's brains.
Right now I'm working on a new book, DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY. It will be my fourth title in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's "Scientists in the Field" series. After you read it, you'll see bottlenose dolphins in a whole new light....I promise!