Amanda Joynt is still in the early days of her professional life as an ecologist but already she has enjoyed a varied and notable career. She has conducted surveys of rare plants in the Black Hills of South Dakota, mapped vegetation in Tuktut Nogait National Park in the Canadian Arctic, helped round up Wood Bison at Elk Island National Park, worked as a field assistant for the Canadian Wildlife Service and is now enjoying employment as a nature writer for Lone Pine Publishing. Amanda, who grew up in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, received her B.Sc. In Environmental and Conservation Science (with distinction) from the University of Alberta in 2001.
Michael Sullivan is the provincial fisheries science specialist with Alberta Environment and a consultant to federal and provincial governments on fisheries management and protecting the aquatic ecosystem. He has conducted extensive research into the causes of fish stock depletion and the design of effective management strategies for maintaining fish populations. His strategies have been adopted by fisheries management agencies in British Columbia, Ontario and Wisconsin. An award-winning athlete in the biathlon, Michael is an all-round outdoorsman who enjoys scuba diving, fishing and hunting, bird-watching and ice-climbing. His research has sometimes kept him in the field year-round and he is as at home mushing a dog team in the frozen north as canoeing down a river.