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The Bug Scientists (Scientists in the Field)
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A capitivating and beautifully photographed Scientists in the Field title about a man trying to discover the effects pesticides have on frogs and, in turn, on us. When Tyrone Hayes was growing up in South Carolina, he didnt worry about pesticides. He just liked to collect frogs. Tyrones interest in science led him to Harvard University, and though he struggled at first, he found his calling in the research lab of an amphibian scientist.
Meanwhile, scientists discovered that all around the globe, frogs were dying. The decline has many causes, including habitat loss and disease. Tyrone discovered that the most commonly used pesticide in the United States, atrazine, may also play a role. Tyrone tested atrazine on frogs in his lab at Berkeley. He found that the chemical caused some of the male frogs to develop into bizarre half-male, half-female frogs. What was going on? Thats what Tyrone wants to find out.
Bug scientists, called entomologists, present information on insects and explain how they use that information in their work.
Small is beautiful—or so the bug scientists of the world believe. Insects, they say, boast qualities the rest of us have perhaps overlooked. They are among the earths best fliers and farmers. They have survived and adapted for 350 million years, whereas we humans have been around for a mere 10,000 years. There are millions upon millions of species yet to be identified. Indeed, insects are perhaps natures least celebrated but most successful creatures on earth.
By following the footsteps of several bug scientists, we take a closer look at the extraordinary bugs that crawl, swim, and whiz past us. We visit the morgue, drop by an outdoor classroom, witness a bug bowl festival—complete with a cricket-spitting contest (yuck!)—and travel to the rain forests of Costa Rica—all in pursuit of a better understanding of bugs, glorious bugs.
By following the footsteps of several bug scientists, we take a closer look at the extraordinary bugs that crawl, swim, and whiz past us. We travel from an outdoor classroom in Indiana to the rain forests of Costa Rica—all in pursuit of a better understanding of bugs, glorious bugs.
About the Author
Donna M. Jackson is the award-winning author of The Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature, a 2001 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children. Growing up, Jackson enjoyed watching monarch butterflies and collecting praying mantises. And although it didn"t lead her to a career as a bug scientist, it did lead her to write a book about them. Jackson lives with her husband, Charlie and son, Chris in Coloradowhere the state insect is the beautiful Colorado hairstreak butterfly.
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