The Polar Bear Scientists   -     By: Peter Lourie
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The Polar Bear Scientists

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 2012 / 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 how polar bear scientists research their animals, what tools they use, where they go, and about the behavior and long-range changes they're so interested in. Learn about how polar bear studies can not only teach us about how individual polar bears are faring, but also about how conditions in the arctic are affecting them. Scientists Dr. Steven Amstrup, Dr. George Durner, field biology Kristin Simac, and "helo" operator Joe Fieldman have the exciting job of "chasing" polar bears to tag them, take samples, and analyze their data in order to uncover patterns; discover how their important work directly led to placing polar bears on the endangered species list, and how people can help them to stable levels once more. 80 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 80
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 11.2 X 9.0 X 0.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0547283059
ISBN-13: 9780547283050
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Ages: 8-12
Series: Scientists in the Field

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Publisher's Description

Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures.
It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team—the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart—is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data such as height, weight, and body fat measurements and samples such as blood, hair, feces, and even teeth. All this information goes into a
large database studied by scientists such as Drs. Steven Amstrup and George Durner, the former and current leaders of the Polar Bear Research Project. For more than forty years, scientists have been capturing bears in order to get information. What has this information been telling scientists about polar bears and global warming?
 

 

Author Bio

Peter Lourie is the author and photographer of Whaling Season,which received two starred reviews, and The Manatee Scientists.  Peter lives in Vermont with his family and he is an avid traveler.  He visited Alaska numerous times to write and shoot photos for The Polar Bear Scientists and has been traveling to Africa to work on his next book about the Leakey family.

Visit Peter Lourie's website at http://www.peterlourie.com/ .

Editorial Reviews

"The full-color photographs are nothing short of stunning."--School Library Journal

"An informative, vicarious trip to the Arctic for polar bear enthusiasts and future scientists."--Booklist

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