Meet the Scientists

May 29, 2017 Bethanie Hestermann No comments exist

May 31, 2017


One of the best parts of writing Marine Science for Kids (which officially releases tomorrow, June 1), was interviewing marine scientists, finding out what inspires them, and getting a glimpse into their cool careers. While we don’t want to give away all the fun tidbits we uncovered in these exclusive interviews, here’s a preview of the inspirational people we included in our latest book.


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Andrea Marshall
Andrea Marshall. Courtesy of Andrea Marshall.

Andrea Marshall, PhD

Principal Scientist, Manta Ray Research Program

Marine Megafauna Foundation

Tofo Beach, Inhambane, Mozambique
Nothing keeps you going like seeing a problem and wanting to help solve it.  —Andrea Marshall
Asha de Vos
Asha de Vos. Courtesy of Steve De Neef.

Asha de Vos, PhD


The Sri Lankan Blue Whale Project

Colombo, Sri Lanka

My most important responsibility is to leave the planet a better place than I found it.  —Asha de Vos

Doug McCauley
Doug McCauley. Courtesy of Doug McCauley.

Douglas McCauley, PhD

Marine Biologist

University of California Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

Being a marine scientist is oddly like being a painter, a rock star, or a politician. It often doesn’t work out how you dreamed it would if you only put half your soul into it. —Doug McCauley

Emily Yam
Emily Yam. Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Emily Yam

Science Interpretation Supervisor

Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach, California

My favorite part of my job is figuring out how to help someone understand the planet better. Each time I talk to new people, I try to figure out what they know and how to connect to that. It’s like looking at a lot of little clues and solving a mystery. —Emily Yam

Peter Edwards
Peter Edwards. Courtesy of K. Desai.

I would like to be able to say that I have made the world a better place for dolphins by learning about their needs, what we can do to meet those needs and reduce threats to them, and sharing this information with others. —Randy Wells

To learn more about these marine scientists, we hope you’ll order a copy of Marine Science for Kids and share it with young, up-and-coming scientists with a passion for Earth’s watery places. Written for ages 9 and up, this in-depth, photo-filled guide to exploring and protecting our underwater world includes 21 hands-on activities, Cool Career sidebars, and tons of information about aquatic creatures and aquatic ecosystems.


Check out some early reviews from industry publications here!

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Bethanie Hestermann is a freelance writer and co-author of Zoology for Kids and Marine Science for Kids.




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