Scientists in the Field
Spiral Notebook
The Frog Scientist controversy
by Pamela Turner
February 18, 2014
The Frog Scientist controversy
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Dr. Tyrone Hayes, star of THE FROG SCIENTIST, is the subject of “A Valuable Reputation”, a recent New Yorker article by Rachel Aziz. When Dr. Hayes spoke out against atrazine, a pesticide made by Syngenta, the company began a campaign to discredit Dr. Hayes that went well beyond disputing his scientific findings. Way, WAY beyond. An NPR interview with Rachel Aziz provides a short introduction. The revelations are stunning. Teachers will find much here to discuss with upper middle school and high school students.

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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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