Susan E. Quinlan • Naturalist/Author/Illustrator
Most Recent Book Title
One Single Species: Why the Connections in Nature Matter
Book Description
Millions of species of plants, animals, fungi and other living things occur on Earth. So why should we be concerned about the future of any individual one?

How could the loss of just one single species even matter?

Discover some of the fascinating creatures that live on the wave-scoured rocks of the Washington coast as you learn about the historic research of Dr. Robert T. Paine. His remarkable experiment in the intertidal zone helped answer this question and changed forever the way scientists look at nature.

"Useful, informative, beautifully illustrated, and well written—a superior introduction to understanding ecosystems.”— Kirkus Reviews

“One Single Species is a gem, in its clearly-written text and revealing art. It describes pioneering research–on an ocean coast–that led to a new understanding of the interconnections of life in an ecosystem. ... This book will be useful in STEM programs, and there is nothing quite like it in school libraries." – Laurence Pringle, Author of 120 books for Children.

"What a vibrant resource for young people to learn the vital role of a keystone species in an ecosystem!" – Janet Carrier Ady, PhD. , Environmental Educator
Additional Book Titles
The Case of the Mummified Pigs and Other Mysteries In Nature
The Case of the Monkeys That Fell From the Trees and Other Mysteries in Tropical Nature
Birds of the Rocky Mountain Front Range: A coloring book for aspiring naturalists
Location (city/state/country)
Author bio
A naturalist, artist, and author, Susan E. Quinlan brings a lifetime of nature exploration and research to all of her writing and illustrations.

Quinlan’s books for young readers have earned several prestigious awards including recognition from the National Science Teacher’s Association, the International Reading Association, and the Junior Library Guild. These include: The Case of the Mummified Pigs and Other Mysteries in Nature, The Monkey Who Fell From the Trees and Other Mysteries in Tropical Nature, Puffins, and Caribou.

Quinlan trained as a wildlife biologist, obtaining degrees from Colorado State University (B.S.) and the University of Alaska (M.S.) She worked as a biologist for various federal and state wildlife agencies in Alaska. In these positions, she conducted wildlife research in several parts of the state and developed award-winning educational and curriculum materials about Alaska’s natural history. Quinlan went on to work several years as a naturalist guide for Lindblad Expeditions. In this position, she explored diverse environments around the world, from the high arctic tundra to neotropical rainforests, arid deserts to oceanic islands.

After 30 years of living in Alaska, Quinlan returned to her native Colorado. She now enjoys sharing her passion for nature and conservation with others through writing, artwork, school programs, and public speaking.

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Natural history and ecology topics for adults and children
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How to see more in nature
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