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Caitlin O'Connell

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Caitlin O'Connell

Dr. Caitlin O'Connell is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and a world renowned expert on elephants and vibrotactile sensitivity. She is the author of the internationally acclaimed nonfiction science memoir, THE ELEPHANT'S SECRET SENSE (2007, Free Press), which highlights a novel form of elephant communication as well as their conservation plight. Her narrative nonfiction photo book AN ELEPHANT'S LIFE (2011, Lyons Press) uses a graphic novel approach to revealing subtle and intimate aspects of elephant society. Her co-authored nonfiction children's book, THE ELEPHANT SCIENTIST (2011, Houghton Mifflin Children's Books) won five awards, including the Robert F. Sibert Honor and Horn Book Honor for 2012. A BABY ELEPHANT IN THE WILD (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers) is a Junior Library Guild Select, and ELEPHANT DON: THE POLITICS OF A PACHYDERM POSSE (University of Chicago Press) comes out April 6, 2015. Her debut blockbuster novel, IVORY GHOSTS, comes out with Random House, April 7, 2015. O'Connell is the co-founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization, Utopia Scientific (www.utopiascientific.org), dedicated to research and science education. She is also co-director of Triple Helix Productions, with a mandate to develop more accurate science content for the media. She has written five screenplays with science themes and has just finished her first co-authored novel to inspire girls with an interest in physics. She has taught Science Writing for Stanford University and The New York Times Knowledge Network. Contact her at ceoconnell@stanford.edu.

Also visit her elephant blog: elephantskinny.tumblr.com. And be sure to watch an award-winning documentary about her research on the Smithsonian Channel: www.smithsonianchannel.com/sc/web/show/3373743/elephant-king.

Caitlin O'Connell

Books by Caitlin O'Connell

Written by Caitlin O'Connell with photographs by Timothy Rodwell - Children's 10-12, Children's Nonfiction, Photography
Over five days we meet a menagerie of magnificent animals --- pandas, elephants, gorillas, meerkats, flamingos and more --- alongside the longtime animal lover, scientist and researcher Caitlin O’Connell. With inside access to the guidance and knowledge of their beloved zoo caretakers and with stunning photographs, we are able to see the day-to-day marvels --- and sometimes misfortunes --- behind the animals’ enclosures that often go unseen by the everyday zoo visitor.