Elephant Scientist   -     By: Caitlin O'Connell, Donna Jackson
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Elephant Scientist

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2011 / Hardcover

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"Being a scientist" is such a vague concept---what field? What specialty? It's difficult to find a passion in the sciences with such generalities; scientists fall in love with their field of science, and young students are no different!

Give students a brilliantly enlightening example of what an elephant field biologist researches, how they research, what tools they use, where they go, and about the elephant behavior they're so interested in. Learn about the lives of elephants-their family structures, eating habits, and day-to-day life, as well as how research science works. Caitlin O'Connell had an idea that the dense fat at the heel of an elephant helped with more than cushioning their feet, but rather might help with the transmission of low-frequency signals to and from the ground. Follow her work as she tracks elephants, conduct experiments, and tests whether her hypothesis is correct! 70 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 70
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN-13: 9780547053448
Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours.
Ages: 8-13
Series: Scientists in the Field

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In the sprawling African scrub desert of Etosha National Park in Namibia, they call her "the mother of all elephants." Holding binoculars closely to her eyes, American scientist Caitlin O’Connell could not believe what she was seeing from these African elephants: as the mighty matriarch scanned the horizon, the other elephants followed suit, stopped midstride, and stood as still as statues.

This observation would guide the scientist to a groundbreaking discovery about elephant communication: elephants actually listen with their limbs.

The Elephant Scientist was named a 2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.

Author Bio

Caitlin O’Connell, Ph.D., has passionately devoted the last nineteen years of her research career to the study of elephants. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed Elephant’s Secret Sense, as well as a photography book, An Elephant’s Life. She is a faculty member in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in the Stanford School of Medicine and teaches science writing for Stanford University and the New York Times. When she’s not studying elephants, Caitlin is running the nonprofit organization Utopia Scientific (www.utopiascientific.org) and coauthoring her first YA science-fantasy novel with her husband, Timothy Rodwell. Caitlin lives in San Diego with her husband and their dog, Frodo.

Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her works include the critically acclaimed Elephant Scientists, Bone Detectives, Bug Scientists, and Wildlife Detectives—all honored by the NSTA/CBC’s Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children award; ER Vets, an Orbis Pictus and ASPCA Henry Bergh honor book; and Extreme Scientists, named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2009. 
When she’s not writing about scientists in the field, Donna enjoys reading, skiing, gardening, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with her family. She lives in Colorado. Learn more about Donna at her website: http://www.donnamjackson.net.

The photographers Caitlin O’Connell, Ph.D., and Timothy Rodwell, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., are scientists and professional photographers that have blended art and science to help make science more accessible and engaging. Their photography has appeared in National Geographic, National Wildlife Magazine, Discover, Science News, Africa Geographic, and many other international magazines, scientific journals, and newspapers. More of their elephant photography will appear in their forthcoming photography book An Elephant's Life, which will feature every aspect of an elephant's life in rich detail. Caitlin is on the faculty in the Stanford School of Medicine and Timothy is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.

Editorial Reviews

"This intriguing volume from the Scientists in the Field series will interest readers." --Booklist "The many color photographs, predominantly from the Namibian field sites, capture the majestic elder elephants, their always-appealing offspring, and the dusty, rugged landscapes in which the scientists and research assistants camp and work."--Horn Book  "This amazing presentation is a must-have for all collections." --School Library Journal, starred review


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