Pamela S. Turner

Project Seahorse

“[T]he real sto­ry here is the pro­file of sus­tain­abil­i­ty, as sci­en­tists, fish­ers, and prac­ti­tion­ers of tra­di­tion­al med­i­cine align efforts to pre­serve the coral reef ecosystems.”

The Horn Book, starred review

Project Seahorse

About the Book

Sea­hors­es, some of the ocean’s odd­est yet most charm­ing fish, are in trou­ble. Over the past twen­ty years sea­horse pop­u­la­tions have declined sharply. In Han­du­mon, a com­mu­ni­ty in the Philipp­pines, vil­lagers and con­ser­va­tion­ists have joined togeth­er to pro­tect the sea­horse and the coral reefs where these quirky fish live. Sci­en­tists Aman­da Vin­cent and Heather Kold­ewey, founders of Project Sea­horse, work tire­less­ly with Fil­ipino col­leagues and local fish­ers to pro­tect both Handumon’s sea­hors­es and the liveli­hood of local fish­ing families.

Awards and Recognition

  • Kirkus Reviews starred review 
  • Nation­al Sci­ence Teach­ers Asso­ci­a­tion Out­stand­ing Trade Sci­ence Book
  • Cybils Non­fic­tion Nominee
  • Junior Library Guild Selection


Kirkus Reviews starred review
“With strik­ing images of coral-reef inhab­i­tants, this pho­to-essay intro­duces Project Sea­horse, an inter­na­tion­al effort to pro­tect and reha­bil­i­tate the Dana­jon Bank, a dou­ble reef off a Philip­pine Island where sea­hors­es once flour­ished … In infor­ma­tion-rich chap­ters and more nar­row­ly focused dou­ble-page insets, the author explains the curi­ous sea­horse biol­o­gy (males give birth), the devel­op­ment of Marine Pro­tect­ed Areas, the lives of local fish­ers and their fam­i­lies, the use of sea­hors­es in tra­di­tion­al Chi­nese med­i­cine and local efforts to improve these refuges … anoth­er splen­did demon­stra­tion of the work of Sci­en­tists in the Field.”

Bul­letin of the Cen­ter for Chil­dren’s Books review
“Turn­er capa­bly blends the nat­ur­al sci­ence and advo­ca­cy top­ics; there’s a gen­er­ous amount of infor­ma­tion about sea­hors­es and a thought­ful assess­ment of the chal­lenges of real­is­tic envi­ron­men­tal protection.”

The Horn Book review
“In Turn­er’s lat­est con­tri­bu­tion to the Sci­en­tists in the Field series, we fol­low a con­ser­va­tion group—Project Seahorse—in their efforts to pre­serve sea­hors­es, coastal reefs, and the fish­ing-based liveli­hood of the res­i­dents of Han­du­mon, in the Philip­pines … although our entry point is the del­i­cate­ly appeal­ing sea­hors­es, por­trayed beau­ti­ful­ly by Tua­son’s under­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy, the real sto­ry here is the pro­file of sus­tain­abil­i­ty, as sci­en­tists, fish­ers, and prac­ti­tion­ers of tra­di­tion­al med­i­cine align their efforts to pre­serve the coral reef ecosys­tems with­out com­pro­mis­ing the liveli­hoods of peo­ple in the Philip­pines and China.”

Project Seahorse

pho­tographs by Scott Tua­son
Sci­en­tists in the Field
Houghton Mif­flin Har­court, 2010
hard­cov­er ISBN 978–0547207131
paper­back ISBN 978–0544225800

Seahorse scientists at work
Sea­horse sci­en­tists at work

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