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P&P Live! Alex Boersma and Nick Pyenson | THE WHALE WHO SWAM THROUGH TIME

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Alex Boersma and Nick Pyenson discuss their non-fiction book THE WHALE WHO SWAM THROUGH TIME: A TWO-HUNDRED-YEAR JOURNEY IN THE ARCTIC. Click here to purchase THE WHALE WHO SWAM THROUGH TIME: https://www.politics-prose.com/book/9781250803023

This is the story about a whale who will live for a very long time. Bowhead whales can live for over 200 years, longer than any of the other mammals in the world. Throughout their lives, they travel around the Arctic Ocean experiencing human’s imprint along the way. The Bowhead whale witnesses many changes: from an era of peace and solitude to one of oil rigs and cruise liners. The Whale Who Swam Through Time: A Two-Hundred-Year Journey in the Arctic pairs striking illustrations with scientific research about the world’s changing ecosystems.

Alex Boersma is a Canadian scientific illustrator living in Chicago. After studying geology and studio art at Vassar College in New York, Alex worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, conducting research on whale evolution. Articles on her research have appeared in multiple news outlets, including the New York Times, BBC News, Nature, and the Washington Post. Alex has since shifted her focus to working as an independent scientific illustrator. Her clients have included the American Museum of Natural History, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Stanford University, and Duke University Marine Lab, and her work ranges from scientific figures for research papers, to editorial illustrations and animation.

Nick Pyenson is the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. His work has taken him to every continent, and his scientific discoveries frequently appear in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Popular Mechanics, USA Today, on NPR, NBC, CBC, and the BBC. Along with the highest research awards from the Smithsonian, he has also received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the Obama White House. He lives with his family in Maryland.

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