Canadian herpetologist, Kate Jackson has been passionate about amphibians and reptiles since before kindergarten. Since then she has traveled the world and worked in labs and museums puzzling over such questions as how venomous snakes evolved. In addition to many publications in specialized scientific journals, Kate has published "Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science and Survival in the Congo", a memoir about collecting snakes in the swamp forests of the Republic of Congo, and "Katie of the Sonoran Desert, a children's book about radio-tracking rattlesnakes. Currently she is working with Jean-Philippe Chippaux on a specialized and in-depth book about Central and Western African snakes, intended primarily for herpetologists. A sequel to "Mean and Lowly" is in the works. Kate Jackson holds a Hon.B.Sc and M.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University. She is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Whitman College.