I’m the award-winning author and illustrator of Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands and How to Be an Elephant: Growing Up in the African Wild. I am also the illustrator for the Expeditioners series by S. S. Taylor and of Buried Beneath Us by Anthony Aveni. Forthcoming books include Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere, by Barb Rosenstock (Little, Brown), and Making More, a book about reproductive biology in the natural world (Roaring Brook).
I love science, history, and big adventures, and am endlessly fascinated by the way things live, so my books often focus on informational storytelling, science education, and conservation. An idea for a new project begins with weeks (or months) of reading and sketching, followed by an on-location research trip to meet scientists in the field and ask them questions about their work. Back in my studio, I use my research and experience to puzzle together a story by making draft after draft of the book. My work is that of a translator—transforming detailed information into words and pictures, as beautifully and accurately as possible.
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