Conservation Tales is written by Tom J. McConnell, associate professor of Science Education in the Department of Biology, Ball State University. Dr. McConnell's teaching and research interests focus on inquiry science teaching. He has a lifelong interest in ecology and the environment. He created the Conservation Tales series to share stories of conservation with young readers to help them lean how they can help through local action
Barbara Giorgio Booher, MFA, is the Art Director for the Conservation Tales books. She teaches courses in drawing and Foundations of Art, and supervises the artistic team for the project. Her artistic endeavors feature a wide range of media, including printmaking, glass, and more. She has collaborated with the science community for other creative STEAM projects.
Sami Pfaff is an illustrator for the book series, and joined the team when the project was just beginning. She is an art student at Ball State University specializing in drawing and animation. She has a special interest in drawing animals, especially birds.
Sierra Hensley joined the team as an illustrator for the second book, and will continue creating drawings for the rest of the series. She is an animation student at Ball State, and specializes in human figures and characters.
Brooke Gabrek is the graphic designer for the Cerulean Warbler and Bat books. She is a 2017 graduate from Ball State, having just earned her B.A. in Visual Communications.
Sara DeMars and Janice Carter are also joining the team as illustrators beginning in the Fall 2017 semester! They will be joined by Natalie Rokosz, a Visual Communications student at Ball State who will handle graphic design work for the coming volumes. Watch the Extras page for samples of their work soon.
Support for the books includes grant and consulting services from several groups. Dr. McConnell wishes to extend his sincere thanks to the following groups:
Printing services are provide by CreateSpace.
CONTACT: Click here to email Dr. McConnell with your questions and comments.