Life on Surtsey (Hardcover)
Iceland's Upstart Island (Scientists in the Field Series)
HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544687233, 80pp.
Publication Date: November 14, 2017
Loree Griffin Burns follows entomologist Erling Ólafsson on a five-day trip to Surtsey, where since 1970 he has studied the arrival and survival of insects and other species. Readers see how demanding conditions on Surtsey can be, what it’s like to eat and work while making the smallest impact possible, and the passion driving these remarkable scientists in one of the world’s most unique fields ever!
About the Author
LOREE GRIFFIN BURNS, Ph.D., did her doctoral at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The author of Beetle Busters, Tracking Trash, and The Hive Detectives, she is an award-winning writer whose books for young people have won many accolades, including ALA Notable designations, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book Award, an IRA Children’s Book Award, a Green Earth Book Award and two Science Books & Films (SB&F) Prizes.
Loree holds a Ph.D. in biochemistry and her books draw heavily on both her passion for science and nature and her experiences as a working scientist. She lives with her husband and their three kids in a farmhouse in central New England, where she gardens, keeps chickens, and writes about science and scientists. She likes to think that one day she’ll fill the big old barn on their property with horses.
Learn more about Loree at loreegriffinburns.com and follow her on Twitter @loreegburns.
Praise For Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island (Scientists in the Field Series)…
★ "Burns clearly conveys the long hours and spare conditions for such work... as well as the research team’s unmitigated enthusiasm....Appendices offer insights into Iceland’s culture and extreme climate, all of which enrich this unique demonstration of life’s awe-inspiring tenacity." —Booklist, starred review
★"A plethora of curriculum connections make this a STEM title not to miss; budding scientists will return to this again and again."--School Library Journal, STARRED review
"Burns, who traveled with Icelandic researchers to Surtsey, meticulously documents every detail of life in a remote field station, from the particulars of trapping insects to the extremes taken to minimize human impact on the island."--Horn Book