These 15 women work with animals on land, air, and sea.
Corina Newsome is saving seaside sparrows while Michelle LaRue uses satellites to study Antarctic birds. Lizzy Lowe takes on what many fear in researching spiders, and Erin Ashe lives out the dream of many studying dolphins and whales. Kristen Hecht chases the elusive hellbender amphibian while Enikö Kubinyi uses robots to get information on wolf pups.
These women are working on issues that intersect with biodiversity, species conservation, biology, and more. They stand out for their work in their fields and are also dedicated to science communication to share their knowledge with others. They challenge the assumptions of who a scientist is and what a scientist looks like.
These diverse, modern women are pushing the boundaries of their scientific fields while empowering others to pursue their dreams.
About the Author
Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan has written several fiction books with Capstone, Heinemann Literacy Project, and KPS Storybook Development. She also writes for Highlights for Children, Muse, and Spider. She is the regional advisor for SCBWI Pennsylvania: West and won an SCBWI Merit Award in 2020. She lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
"This is the book I wish I had as a young girl interested in science! Reading the personal stories about these amazing women in biology and learning about their research and careers will without a doubt inspire the next generation of women scientists. This is a must-have book for anyone interested in animals and science." —Corrie S. Moreau, PhD, director and curator of the Cornell University Insect Collection
"Animal Allies inspires girls to explore a career in STEM through the biographies of trailblazing women in wildlife research. This book opens the windows of opportunities and doors of imagination for young women. Every child should have the opportunity to dream about a career path where they can create, imagine, and make a difference in the world." —Dr. Artika R. Tyner, author of Justice Makes a Difference: The Story of Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire
"A timely and terrific book about women in wildlife research. The portraits are fascinating; the additional resources and activities are fabulous. Animal Allies will inspire young nature lovers everywhere." —Deborah Hopkinson, author of Butterflies Belong Here
“I loved this book! The profiles are readable and personal, capturing the passion these women feel for their work protecting wildlife. The conversational style of writing makes science and scientists feel accessible, while connecting specific living creatures to larger environmental issues like climate change and social justice issues like racism and sexism.” —Mary Cronk Farrell, award-winning journalist and the author of Fannie Never Flinched and Pure Grit
“Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan makes STEM come alive with her captivating narratives of women scientists in the field. The detailed slice-of-life biographies written in accessible language, along with side bars that include fascinating background info and subtle calls to action, create an indispensable volume for the classroom or homeschool library.” —Teresa Robeson, author of Queen of Physics
"Delighted and honored to be part of this book. Thank you for including me amongst this group of inspirational, motivated and successful women.” —Dr. Helen Pheasey, lecturer at the School of Anthropology and Conservation
"The women highlighted in Animal Allies are funny, smart, and above all else tough. Reading was more than an inspiration, it was a reminder that women are out there, all over the world, learning, exploring, and figuring out how animals live—all while creating space for future generations of passionate women to work alongside us." —Dr. Michelle LaRue, associate professor, University of Canterbury