About the Author
Ann Downer was born in Virginia but spent part of her childhood in the Philippines and in Thailand, where she journeyed to Chiang Mai to see an elephant roundup for her twelfth birthday. She is the author of five fantasy novels for young readers and two previous books about science, including Spring Pool: The Ecology of Temporary Ponds. For many years she worked as a science editor at a university press. The best part of that job was getting to meet and work with a lot of scientists, but she also got to spend five minutes in a playpen with a litter of tiger cubs and kayak up the Susquehanna River with eighty arachnologists. More recently she has been looking for ways to combine her love of science and story through blogs, podcasts, and graphic novels. She lives outside Boston with her husband and son and one guinea pig.