Sea Story Books are created based on real science with the hopes of not only exposing young children to scientific findings, but also inspire kids to become scientists!
DR. DANIELLE DIXSON
Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware
As a kid from Minnesota, Danielle was only by the ocean when her family went on vacation to visit her grandparents in Florida.
Danielle decided she wanted to be a marine biologist after a trip to the aquarium when she was 5 years old. While there, Danielle asked a question to the guide and was given a book on whales. From that point on she kept asking questions and decided on her future career.
Danielle received her bachelors degree from the University of Tampa, her Ph.D. from James Cook University in Australia and worked as a postdoc in Fiji through the Georgia Institute of Technology.
She currently works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware in the school of Marine Science and Policy.
Artist – The Butterflyfishes' Journey to Find Delicious Food
Caroline's grandmother was a talented artist, so she spent much of her childhood surrounded by amazing art. As her interest grew into a passion, she quickly realized that painting bowls of fruit was not for her.
She wanted to create something with a bigger purpose and her fascination with science and hunger for knowledge combined when she realized that she could illustrate books.
Caroline has always been a storyteller, so using her images along with her words has been a rewarding method of talking to the world. You can see more of her work by visiting her website: carolinecook.weebly.com
Artist – How the Tiny Gobies Saved Their Coral Home
Maural has always loved both art and science. Growing up, she has especially enjoyed drawing mermaids, and at a young age, she originally decided to go into marine science in order to prove the existence of mermaids.
She was always greatly encouraged by her parents and others to keep drawing and to think scientifically, which is a great combination. Art and science are both very important, so Maural loves being able to combine the two.
She now enjoys studying and drawing all marine animals and is working on a degree in marine science with the hopes of going into aquatic veterinary medicine.
Meet the team of talented researchers and illustrators behind each story.
You can't be what you can't see
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields lack diversity. When kids are asked to draw or describe a scientist, descriptions usually depict an old, white man, highlighting the stereotype formed at an early age and perpetuating the feeling that a career in STEM may not something for an inquisitive child to aspire to.
BE curious. Ask questions. And explore! That's all science is… simply asking questions and finding answers.