Join author LILY SIMONSON and groundbreaking scientists DR. GRANT BALLARD and DR. CAMERON COATES for a discussion of the science that inspired Simonson’s new CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE novel for kids, Antarctica!
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Drawing on her experience living at a scientific research base in Antarctica, debut author Lily Simonson brings the stark continent to life in the newest release from the bestselling Choose Your Own Adventure® gamebook series. Dr. Ballard and Dr. Coates will discuss their research in the fields of ecology, climate change mitigation, and penguin biology—all of which informed Simonson’s interactive story of intrigue, treachery, and even zombie penguins.
The event will include an interactive reading (the audience will vote where the story goes), a question and answer session with panelists, and a book signing.
Lily Simonson works in tandem with scientists at the furthest reaches of the planet, from the deep sea to Antarctica. Through art-science residencies, she has collaborated with researchers aboard oceanographic exploration ships, on deep sea research submarines, and while scuba diving beneath the Antarctic sea ice. Her art and writing have been featured in a range of media outlets including Art21 Magazine, Interview Magazine, MTV, Atlas Obscura, Pacific Standard, the Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly and at galleries and institutions throughout the US and Europe. Antarctica! Simonson holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from UCLA. Antarctica! is her debut novel.
Dr. Grant Ballard leads Point Blue’s 160 scientists working to increase the pace and scale of climate-smart conservation. He is an ecologist with more than 100 scientific publications and expertise in evaluating the impacts of climate change on wildlife and human populations, as well as data science. Dr. Ballard has conducted research on a wide array of projects from California to Alaska, Antarctica, and the Virgin Islands. He has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Auckland and a B.A. in English from Cornell University.
Dr. Cameron Coates is a molecular biologist that works on making sustainable chemicals from microbes. Cameron has a B.S. in Biological science from UC Davis and a PhD in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. Cameron has studied a variety of ways that microbes can convert waste or CO2 into useful chemicals like fuel, plastics, films, medicine or food. Cameron currently works at a startup company in the Synthetic Biology or Biotechnology industry.