Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard by Mary Kay Carson with photographs by Tom Uhlman explores three of America’s National Parks: Yellowstone, Saguaro, and Great Smokey Mountains.
Our national parks are places of relaxation, adventure, and enjoyment for citizens. They are also living laboratories in which scientists can study the natural world from the geysers of Yellowstone to the fireflies of the Great Smokey Mountains.
Each of the three sections of the book focuses on a particular locality and opens with a fact sheet that provides basic information about the park’s history and environments before joining scientists as they delve into some of the most notable features and creatures.
Readers receive an in depth look at how rangers, geologists, biologists, herpetologists, and entomologists - alongside citizen scientists and volunteer researchers survey, study, and work to preserve the wonders that attract thousands of visitors each year.
Meticulously researched, carefully organized, and smartly written, this Scientists in the Field entry offers detailed looks at the experience of a diverse group of men and women as they pursue their scientific endeavors.
Stunning color photography ranges from dynamic panoramas to exquisite close-ups. Maps, charts, graphs and drawings augment the text.
Future scientists in grades 4-8 will find a wealth of experience and encouragement here.