CHRIS FISHER is a university-educated naturalist with a research background in endangered species management and wildlife interpretation. He has conducted extensive birding expeditions throughout Canada, the United States and Thailand, and he has authored or co-authored several bird books.
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.
Dr. Brooks received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Illinois. He has been a faculty member at the University of Guelph since 1970. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus. He is co-chair of the Amphibians and Reptiles sub-committee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). He is also a member of several other committees for recovery of species at risk and is a member of the Ontario Endangered Species Assessment Panel. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed articles and hundreds of scientific reports on research for government and industry. Dr. Brooks is a recent recipient of the Mike Rankin ďDistinguished Canadian HerpetologistĒ Award from the Canadian Association of Herpetologists.