Scientists in the Field

Ultima Journey Update

In their SITF title Mission To Pluto, author Mary Kay Carson and photographer Tom Uhlman took readers where no person or spacecraft had gone before: Pluto! An inside look at New Horizons, Mission to Pluto explores the first spacecraft mission to Pluto, which … Read more

Fall 2018 Osprey Update!

Here’s a happy update on the University of Montana Osprey Cam in Hellgate Canyon near Missoula. Good news—despite the early muddy high water in the Clark Fork River, osprey parents Louis and Iris were able to raise a chick this … Read more

All Hands on Deck to Support the Southern Residents

Late last week, The Seattle Times reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is planning a somewhat unusual intervention in the hopes of supporting J50, a 4-year-old orca whale and Southern Resident who is dangerously emaciated and ailing. Article … Read more

Ospreys in Missoula: Spring 2018 Update

It’s early April, and time for ospreys to get back to work remodeling their nests and starting new families. Iris, the female osprey at the Hellgate osprey cam in Missoula, Montana, and her mate Louis, have both arrived and set … Read more

SLJ Interview Gives Readers a Behind the Scenes Look

A big pile of volcanic rock stuck in the middle of the ocean may not seem like an obvious choice for a place to study plants and animals, but any Scientists in the Field reader knows that looks can be … Read more

Crows Aren’t the Only Smart Birds in Town

Readers of Scientists in the Field title Crow Smarts, by Pamela S. Turner and Andy Comins, know that being called a “bird brain” should be considered the highest form of flattery–especially where New Caledonian crows are involved! New Caledonian crows … Read more

Big News for Scientist in the Field Scott Dowd

Amazon Adventure is one of the latest installments in the Scientists in the Field series, which follows world class researchers, teams, and intrepid scientists as they investigate the science behind the world we live in. From award-winning team Sy Montgomery and photographer Keith Ellenbogen, … Read more


As Scientists in the Field readers know from inspiring titles like Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion, The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe, Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass and more, understanding … Read more

2017 Osprey Update

This spring brings a lot of news from the two Montana osprey nests featured in The Call of the Osprey.  I’ll get the difficult news out of the way first. As I wrote in 2016, Stanley, mate of Iris, the … Read more

There Was an Old Frog Who Swallowed a Cricket

If you’re anything like Dr. Tyrone Hayes, whose groundbreaking research is the focus of Scientists in the Field title The Frog Scientist, you might find frogs fascinating–or at least fun to look at when you’re out exploring! Dr. Hayes’ work … Read more

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