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 designed the graphics and layout for the Cerulean Warbler and Bat books. She is a 2017 graduate from Ball State, having just earned her B.A. in Visual Communications.
Janice Carter joined the team as illustrators beginning in the Fall 2017 semester. She is an animation student, and has experience working on a short animated film. She is one of the illustrators on the Salamander book.
Sarah DeMars also joined the team in Fall 2017. She has been working with Janice to illustrate the Salamander book, and will be working on the Sea Turtle illustrations soon. She is an animation major who is interested in illustrating children's books.
Natalie Rokosz, a Visual Communications student at Ball State joins Janice and Sarah on the current team. She handles graphic design work for Salamanders and Bees, and for the coming volumes. She has also created the Conservation Tales logo and some promotional materials.
Support for the books includes grant and consulting services from several groups. Dr. McConnell wishes to extend his sincere thanks to the following groups:
Publishing services for the books are provided by Airway Publishing.
Printing services are provide by CreateSpace.
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