Scientists in the Field
Spiral Notebook
The Frog Scientist and the Atrazine Controversy
by Pamela Turner
April 10, 2014
The Frog Scientist and the Atrazine Controversy
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The controversy over the safety of the pesticide atrazine (the most commonly used agricultural chemical in the U.S.) continues. Global News has a new report on the debate that features Dr. Tyrone Hayes, the subject of the Scientists in the Field title THE FROG SCIENTIST. Teachers and parents may want to pair THE FROG SCIENTIST with this follow-up video to spark a debate about environmental health, public policy, and what one person can or should do when confronting powerful interests.

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About Pamela Turner

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


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