Ellen Prager is currently the chief scientist at the world's only undersea research station, Aquarius Reef Base in the Florida Keys, and a freelance writer. Among her publications are The Oceans and Furious Earth: The Science and Nature of Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis, a series of children's books including Sand, Volcano, and Earthquakes with the National Geographic Society; and a children's novel, Adventure on Dolphin Island.
"As an unorthodox handbook for would-be ocean scientists, this title is invaluable." - "Booklist." "Prager... uses breezy, accessible prose to evoke the beauty and magic of the underwater world." - "Wall Street Journal" "With tongue only slightly in cheek, Prager offers advice for any field scientist: always bring spare pencils and be prepared for things to go wrong, from pirates to valuable equipment getting lost or damaged.... Focused on adventure rather than in-depth science, this entertaining book will appeal most to casual and younger readers." - "Publishers Weekly" "Prager's book brings alive the moments of wonder, surprise, enlightenment, frustration, humor, camaraderie and danger involved in fieldwork on and beneath the waves.... Her book assembles anecdotes from colleagues such as marine biologists, geologists and engineers. Their tales range from divers chasing parrotfish poo with plastic bags to oceanographers seeing an actual step in the surface of the sea at the edge of the Gulf Stream. In bringing these briny tales together, Prager explores some of their common themes to convey why many of us study the ocean - and why it matters." - Jon Copley, "Times Higher Education"