LIFE IN HOT WATER: WILDLIFE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN
A children's book about the amazing ecosystem that thrives in the most extreme environment on Earth--hydrothermal vents at the bottom of the sea. Here toxic fluid hot enough to melt lead gushes from vents in the mid-ocean ridge, the longest mountain range on the planet. Yet over millions of years, many organisms--from chemical-eating bacteria to eyeless crabs and iron-shelled snails--have evolved to live here. (Peachtree 2022) Book 2 in the "Life in the Extreme" series. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez.
LIFE IN A FROZEN WORLD: WILDLIFE OF ANTARCTICA
A children's book about the creatures that evolved amazing adaptations that enable them to thrive in the coldest, windiest, driest environment on Earth. Yet even the frozen continent is affected by climate change that is already causing sea and air temperature to rise, melting glaciers and impacting penguins and other wildlife. (Peachtree 2020) Book 1 in the "Life in the Extreme" series. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez.
SPIT: WHAT'S COOL ABOUT DROOL
A children's book about saliva, one of the most amazing fluids in the body (Firefly Books 2019)
A children's book about a baby orca and her life in the family pod (Penguin Random House 2016)
ALIENS FROM EARTH: WHEN ANIMALS AND PLANTS INVADE OTHER ECOSYSTEMS
A children's book about invasive species, how they get into ecosystems where they have no predators and often cause damage to native animals and plants (Peachtree 2002; Updated 2016)
WHO HAS A BELLY BUTTON?
A children's book about why humans and other mammals have belly buttons (Peachtree 2004)
A children's book about the wild large cats, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, and others (Penguin Random House 2002)
ANTHROPOLOGIST: SCIENTIST OF THE PEOPLE
A book about anthropologist Magdalena Hurtado and her work with the Ache, a group of hunter-gatherers in Paraguay. Names "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12" by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council (Houghton Mifflin 2001)
A children's book about carnivorous plants. Used by Chicago Public Schools Summer Reading Program 2001. (Random House 2000)
A young children's book about a year in the life of a baby wolf (Grosset & Dunlap 1998) Selected by Scholastic and Troll Book Clubs.
SEXUAL STRATEGIES; HOW FEMALES CHOOSE THEIR MATES
A popular science book about the female's role in evolution. Reviewed in The New York Times, appearances on OPRAH, TOM SNYDER SHOW, and others. (Tarcher/Putnam, New York 1992; Paperback 1994; updated and reptinted by the Authors Guild Backinprint program 2008)
SHARK ATTACK ALMANAC - (Random House 1997)
Beyond the myths and misconceptions about sharks. The real facts about this fascinating family of animals.
THE 25 SCARIEST HAUNTINGS IN THE WORLD - (Lowell House 1996)
NATURE'S TRICKSTERS - (Sierra Club Books/Little Brown, Boston 1992)
A children's book about deceit in nature. Reviewed in the New Yorker.
THE TROPICAL FOREST: ANTS, ANTS, ANIMALS AND PLANTS -(T.Y. Crowell, New York)
A young people's book about tropical forest ecology.
DISCOVERY BY CHANCE (Funk & Wagnalls)
A collection of ten biographical stories about scientists who made great discoveries as a result of chance or error.
"Busy Beavers," ASK, February 2018.
"Making It to the Top," ASK, September 2017
"The Book of Everything," ASK, January 2017.
"Body Talk Beneath the Sea," ASK, January 2012.
"The Art of Science," ASK, April 2009, pp. 22-27.
"Doctor Moms: Southern Farmwomen Knew to Avoid Drafts, Night Air and Other Health Hazards," PrimeTime, 2008, published by Hampton Roads Magazine, pp. 11-13.
"Reducing Risk: The Real Skinny on Dietary Fat and Breast Cancer." PrimeTime, 2008, published by Hampton Roads Magazine, pp. 17-18.
"At Home in the Dark," ASK, October 2007,pp. 17-21.
"Daddy Dearest: Father's Day Salutes the World's Great Dads, But It Takes Science to Explain Why Some Aren't So Great." By Sarah Blaffer Hrdy with Mary Batten. TIME, June 18, 2007; p. 60.
"Maria Sibylla Merian: Drawing from Life." MUSE, July/August 2007.
"Without Gas" - ASK, July/August 2007.
"Water: The Liquid of Life" - Ask, April 2007.
"Do Animals Lie?" - about deception among animals. ASK, October 2006.
"Perfect Partners," about the coevolution of animals and plants. ASK, May/June 2005.
"War: A Culture of Death." North Atlantic Review. No. 15, 2003/2004.
"Wild Goats." ZooNooz, May 2002.
"Cheetahs: The Fast Cats." ZooNooz, May 2001.
"The Wheel Thing." National Geographic World, May 2000.
"Splash Dancers." National Geographic World, March 2000.
"Practice Re-creation." Orthopedic Technology Review, August/September 1999.
"Building Bridges." Orthopedic Technology Review, June/July 1999.
"Customizing Treatment to Fit the Patient." Orthopedic Technology Review, April/May 1999.
"Facility Profile: St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center." RT, The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. October/November 1997.
"Driving Costs Down," an article about nurse-driven case management to promote healthy seniors. Home Health Care Dealer, Septmber/ October 1997.
"Hey, Stretch," an article about the dinosaur Diplodocus. Dinosaurus. Sept/Oct. 1997.
"Facility Profile: St. Charles, Pt. Jefferson, NY." Rehab Management. August/September 1997.
"Facility Profile: Chicago Center for Spine, Sports & Occupational Rehabilitation. Rehab Management. April/May 1997
"Love Potion #9." Ladies' Home Journal. May 1997.
"The Spectacular, Infinite Variety of Sex," Cosmopolitan, April 1996.
"Come into My Bower," ZooNooz, January 1996.
"Back to the Future: Home Health Care in Appalachia," Home Health Care Dealer, January/February 1996.
"Alien Invaders," Dolphin Log. January 1996.
"Time to Take Our Darwinian Medicine," Discovery OnLine, Oct. 25, 1995.
"Marvelous Mustaches," Dolphin Log, September 1995.
"Sex Lies and Natural Selection," Discovery OnLine, Aug. 28, 1995.
"Take Charge of Your Pain," Modern Maturity, Jan.-Feb. 1995.
"Biological Literacy: Going Beyond the Genetic Drive to Reproduce," Calypso Log, June 1994.
"The Winking, Blinking Sea," Dolphin Log, May 1994.
"Dinosaurs: Just When You Thought You Knew Everything About the Big Rascals . . .," Cosmopolitan, January 1994.
"When Animals Make Love, They Do It Their Way," Cosmopolitan, July 1993.
"Cave of Skulls," Calypso Log, Feb. 1992.
"Rebuilding the Health of the Planet," Calypso Log, June 1992.
"A Conversion Opportunity," Calypso Log, June 1992.
"Lowering Births through Education," Calypso Log, June 1991.
"The Trochus: A Shell of Hope for the Bardi," with Stephen Arrington, Calypso Log, June 1991.
"What Kind of World Will They Inherit?" with Steven Krolak, Calypso Log, Aug. 1991.
"Rendezvous with Pilot Whales," Calypso Log, Aug. 1991.
"Keeping Democracy from Going to Waste," Calypso Log, Oct. 1991.
"The Danube: Nature's Resilience Put to the Test," with Bertrand Charrier, Christine Laurent, Denis Ody, Thierry Piantanida, and François Sarano, Calypso Log, Dec. 1991.
"Streams in a Frozen River," Calypso Log, April 1990.
"Keeping the Planet Cool," with Véronique Sarano-Simon, Calypso Log, April 1990.
"Recycling Paper: It's More Than Saving Trees," Calypso Log, Oct. 1990.
"Recovery from the Ashes," Calypso Log, Oct. 1990.
"Eye to Eye with the Great White Shark," Calypso Log, Dec. 1990.
"Momentum for Protection," Calypso Log, Dec. 1990.
"Achieving Energy Independence," Calypso Log, Dec. 1990.
"Froggie Fathers," Dolphin Log, March 1988.
"The Ultimate Recyclers," Calypso Log, April 1988.
"Restoring Wetlands: The Great Dismal Swamp," Calypso Log, June 1988.
"Legacy of Pearls: Broome, Western Australia," Calypso Log, Dec. 1988.
"Underwater Mating Games," Calypso Log, December 1987.
"Life Spans," Cover story, Science Digest, February 19 "The Ant and The Acacia," A profile of ecologist Dan Janzen, Science '84, April 1984.
"Weirdos of the Animal World," Cosmopolitan, August 1984. "Slaughter of the Innocents: The Evolution of Infanticide," Science Digest, Jan. 1983.
"How to Have Sex if You're Not Human," Cosmopolitan, May 1983.
"Biologists Battle the Killer Bees," Science Digest, Sept. 1983.
"Sexual Choice: The Female's Newly Discovered Role," Science Digest, March 1982. Winner of the Newswomen's Club of New York's Front Page Award for the best feature story of 1982.
"The Snoozing Zoo," Science Digest, July 1982.
"Why Men Rape," Science Digest, July 1982.
"Mating Strategies," Science Digest, Jan.-Feb. 1981. Was invited to appear on the Tom Snyder TOMORROW show on NBC Network Television twice as a result of this article.
"Survival Tactics," Science Digest, April 1981.
"Earth's Odd Couples," Science Digest, Nov.-Dec. 1980.
"Charting Life's Unpredictable Pathways: Stephen Jay Gould," Calypso Log, August 1988.
"Stabilizing the Human Family: Julia Henderson," Calypso Log, Oct. 1988.
"Captain Jacques Cousteau: Educating the Public," Calypso Log, Feb. 1989.
"Saving Energy to Save Ourselves: Amory Lovins," Calypso Log, Oct. 1989.
"Confronting a Violent Past to Chart Future Peace: David Hamburg, Calypso Log, Dec. 1989.
"Voice of the Everglades: Marjory Stoneman Douglas," Calypso Log, Aug. 1990.
"Running on Oil: Charles DiBona," Calypso Log, Dec. 1990.
"Paul Ehrlich: Stemming the Human Tide," Calypso Log, Feb. 1991.
"George M. Woodwell: Taking the Planet's Temperature," Calypso Log, June 1991.
"Henry Kendall: Calling Nuclear Power to Account," conducted with Steven Krolak, Calypso Log, Oct. 1991.
"Chernobyl Aftermath--A Soviet View," Interview with Chief Russian Ecologist, Alexey V. Yablokov; conducted with Steven Krolak, Calypso Log, Oct. 1991.
"Nafis Sadik: Making a Difference in Global Population," with Steven Krolak, Calypso Log, Dec. 1991.
"Jacques-Yves Cousteau: Stepping Up the Pressure to Protect the Future," Calypso Log, December, 1992.
FILM & TELEVISION CREDITS
Children's Television Workshop - 3-2-l CONTACT
Nominated for Emmy as writer on this science series. Scripted 13 shows.
Walt Disney Educational Media Co.. - Scripted two science films for children: one on earthquakes; the other on physical forces.
National Geographic - Scripted three films
FOREST IN THE CLOUDS
THE SUN--EARTH'S STAR
THE SOLAR SYSTEM - Winner of Chris Plaque Award, Columbus Film Festival & Lawrence Science Award,
Oakland Educational Film Festival.
Time-Life Films - WILD WILD WORLD OF ANIMALS
Wrote 30 films for this syndicated television series, including entire first season. Now in reruns. Titles include:
WILDLIFE IN NEW YORK CITY
CHIMPANZEES: PART I: MAN'S CLOSEST KIN
CHIMPANZEES: PART II: LINKS TO MAN'S PAST
THE SOCIAL CAT (About lions)
THE LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS
SENSES FOR SURVIVAL
HUNTERS IN THE REEF
ANIMALS OF THE AFRICAN SAVANNA
ANIMALS OF THE TUNDRA
MONKEYS OF KOSHIMA (About macaque monkeys)
THE MINK POND
WILD ANIMALS OF EUROPE
WOODPECKERS: THE FOREST PROTECTORS
KONRAD LORENZ AND HIS GEESE
RED SPOT FOR SURVIVAL (About the work of Nobel Prizewinners,Karl von Frisch and Niko Tinbergen)
TOO MANY ELEPHANTS?
SWANS: THE ROYAL BIRDS
VILLAGE OF THE STORKS
IN SEARCH OF A MATE
RIDDLE OF THE ROOK
SEALS OF THE ATLANTIC
BETWEEN THE TIDES
TRACKS AND TRACES
THE GRACEFUL IMPALA
TROPICAL WEB OF LIFE
THE AMAZING KANGAROO
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF THE MAGELLAN PENGUIN
THE SPECIALIST (About the bird, the oystercatcher)
Scripted seven films for the Time-Life television series, OTHER PEOPLE, OTHER PLACES, sponsored by Miles Laboratories. Peter Graves, narrator. Series was about remote cultures and people with unusual occupations in far corners of the Earth. Titles
THE ROOTS OF YOGA
PYGMIES OF THE CAMEROON
DIVING TO DANGER
Also wrote for Time-Life Films' award-winning nature/science TV series, THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. Titles include:
THE NOT-SO-SOLID EARTH - Winner
American Film Festival Blue Ribbon 1972
LIFE IN A TROPICAL FOREST
SHOULD OCEANS MEET? - Produced and wrote this
film dealing with the possible ecological
consequences of a sea-level canal across the
Isthmus of Panama.
OTHER PLANETS, NO PLACE LIKE EARTH
Kitt Peak National Observatory - STARS, GALAXIES AND THE SOUTHERN SKIES, a documentary about Kitt Peak's astronomers and the building of the observatory of Cerro Tololo, Chile.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - CD-ROM: Family Medical Guide to Common Diseases - Produced by Future MedEX - 1996-97
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center - CD-ROM: Cedars-Sinai- The Heart Produced by Future MedEX - 1995
American Association for the Advancement of Science - KINETIC CITY SUPER CREW - Dramatic radio series to teach scientific principles to children; involved characters & dialogue.
In 1991, Calypso Log received a Global Media Award from the Population Institute for Best Population/ Environmental Reporting Effort. In 1992, the military conversion theme issue of Calypso Log was nominated for the Utne Reader's Alternative Press Award.
Newswomen's Club of New York - Front Page Award for the best magazine feature of 1982.
Nominated for Emmy as writer on Children's Television Workshop series, 3-2-1 CONTACT, 1980