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THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY
Coming in fall 2013 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt -- my latest in the "Scientists in the Field" series.
Crocodile skin, horsey head, kangaroo pouch, monkey tail, chameleon eyes...and the males get pregnant and give birth. Seahorses, an astonishing fish, are under threat from over-fishing and reef destruction. Project Seahorse's work in the Philippines strives to protect both seahorses and the fishing families who depend on coral reefs for survival.
THE FROG SCIENTIST
When Tyrone Hayes was growing up in Columbia, South Carolina, he didn't worry about pesticides in water. He just liked to wade in and collect frogs, snapping turtles, and snakes. But as a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, Tyrone discovered that the most commonly used pesticide in the United States caused male frogs to develop into bizarre half-male, half-female frogs. What was going on? That’s when Tyrone set out across America…
A LIFE IN THE WILD: GEORGE SCHALLER'S STRUGGLE TO SAVE THE LAST GREAT BEASTS
No one has ever had a career quite like George Schaller's--and no one will ever have a career like his again. George was the first person to conduct detailed field studies of the mountain gorilla, tiger, lion, and snow leopard, and was the first Western scientist to study the giant panda. His work led to the establishment of five new protected areas and inspired conservation efforts around the world. "A Life in the Wild" is the first biography of this legendary field biologist.
HACHIKO: THE TRUE STORY OF A LOYAL DOG
Hachiko was a real dog who lived in Tokyo, a dog who faithfully waited for his owner at the Shibuya train station long after his owner could not come to meet him. He became celebrated for his loyalty and was adored by many of the people who passed through the train station every day. This is Hachiko's story as seen through the eyes of Kentaro, a boy whose treasures his friendship with this very special dog.
GORILLA DOCTORS: SAVING ENDANGERED GREAT APES
The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project is a group of courageous and dedicated scientists working to save the gorillas of east-central Africa. The "Gorilla Doctors" treat injured gorillas, protect the apes from human diseases, and even act as foster parents to an orphaned baby gorilla named Fearless.
LIFE ON EARTH...AND BEYOND: AN ASTROBIOLOGIST'S QUEST
Astrobiologists have searched Earth's most extreme environments in their quest to understand what factors are necessary to sustain life. Dr. Chris McKay's scientific journey has taken him from the freezing cold of Antarctica's Dry Valleys to the rocky wasteland of the Atacama Desert in Chile to the permafrost-covered tundra of Siberia. By studying environments on Earth that resemble those on Mars and elsewhere in the solar system, Dr. McKay hopes that his experiments will help answer the ultimate question: is there life beyond Earth?
PROWLING THE SEAS: EXPLORING THE HIDDEN WORLD OF OCEAN PREDATORS
Most of the world’s great predators don’t live on the plains of Africa, or the jungles of India. Their home is the wild blue ocean. For many years scientists have longed to know more about ocean predators. Where do they go? How do they find food?
The dedicated scientists of the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project can now follow ocean wildlife swimming down in the deeps or flying high over the waves. TOPP’s high-tech tagging devices reveal the secrets of these fascinating animals and their remarkable hidden world.