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The Scientists in the Field series shows people immersed in the unpredictable and dynamic natural world, making science more accessible, relevant, and exciting to young readers. Far from the research laboratory, these books show firsthand adventures in the great outdoors—adventures with a purpose. From climbing into a snake den with thousands of slithering snakes to tracking wolves, swimming with hammerhead sharks, and collecting bugs, readers experience the thrill of discovering the unknown.

The Scientists in the Field series has been deemed consistently excellent, imaginative, engaging, and informative. The series provides a broad range of curricular opportunities that will both teach and entertain children.


★ “Of the same sterling quality as Sy Montgomery’s engaging The Tarantula Scientist (2004) or her exciting Quest for the Tree Kangaroo (2006, both Houghton), this new addition to a stellar series opens an upbeat window to the adult application of youthful enthusiasms.” —School Library Journal, starred review for The Frog Scientist

★ “The emphasis on reproductive science and zoo work both make this an unusual addition to the admirable Scientists in the Field series, one that should be welcome in high-school as well as middle-school libraries.” —Kirkus, starred review for Emi and the Rhino Scientist

★ “This fascinating title shows the thrill of scientific discovery up close. . . . This book is part of the consistently excellent Scientists in the Field series; it provides readers with an inspiring introduction to a little-discussed field and to biology in general.”
 —Booklist, starred review for Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants, and Birds

★ “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. . . . Tuason, a noted Asian marine photographer whose specialty is the Philippines, seems equally adept at photographing the land and people and the underwater world. This is another splendid demonstration of the work of Scientists in the Field.”
 —Kirkus Reviews, starred review for Project Seahorse

★ “An exceptional addition to a fine series that carries the same hallmark of quality as its predecessors.”
 —School Library Journal, starred review for Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks

Robert F. Sibert award winner, Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot and Sibert honors, The Tarantula Scientist, Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea, and The Elephant Scientist

Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Award honor Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion