Super Science Books for Teens

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to track gila monsters by microchip or develop IQ tests for octopuses? Find out in one of the books in an amazing nature series called Scientists in the Field. Targeting middle and high school students, the series is informative enough for adults too. Many of the books in this series have won multiple awards. 

Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard, Mary Kay Carson

This book is about scientists who do research in our national parks – such as putting GPS collars on grizzly bears at Yellowstone National Park to find out where they hibernate or collecting DNA samples from salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains Park to study population genetics. Find out how the work of park scientists benefits wildlife.

Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass, Mary Kay Carson

Biosphere 2 is a three acre mini-Earth under a dome that scientists have created in the Arizona desert. It took four years to build and includes ocean, desert and rainforest ecosystems. It’s like an immense lab that helps scientists study our environment and factors that may impact it such as climate change.

Sea Turtle Scientist, Stephen R. Swinburne

Sea turtles have existed for 110 million years. But in the past 500 years, all seven species of sea turtle have become either threatened or endangered, largely due to human activity. Scientists are working on St. Kitts Island in the Caribbean to preserve leatherback turtles and their nests. Learn about some creative ideas scientists developed to help them.

The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk, Sy Montgomery

Octopuses don’t live long, but scientists are discovering how clever they are- especially considering they don’t have much time to learn! Octopuses can solve puzzles and individuals will find unique ways of solving problems. They can distinguish between faces of scientists wearing the exact same uniform. Peer inside the mysterious minds of these mollusks.

More recent titles in the series include:

Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt, Mary Kay Carson
Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird, Pamela S. Turner
The Great White Shark Scientist, Sy Montgomery
The Call of the Osprey, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

- Suzanne LaPierre, City of Fairfax Library

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