WhaleTimes’ Board of Directors share their love and fascination of with the ocean through writing, researching, and teaching.
RUTH A. MUSGRAVE, WhaleTimes Director: Ruth created WhaleTimes, Inc. in 1995 with a goal of connecting kids to the ocean. Today Ruth is still the driving force behind WhaleTimes’ creative team. In her usual unusual approach to science, WhaleTimes continues to achieve its goals of connecting kids with ocean animals, research, and the researchers while raising awareness of conservation issues through programs such the wildly popular Hagfish Day.
Musgrave is also an award-winning nonfiction writer known for her entertaining and creative approach. Ruth is the author of 35-plus children’s books, including MISSION SHARK RESCUE (National Geographic Children’s Books, 2016) and EVERYTHING SHARKS (National Geographic Children’s Books). Her latest books include DINOSAURS and the best selling WILD ANIMAL SOUNDS (National Geographic Little Kids First Board Books, 2020, 2019); GATES OF THE ARCTIC (Rourke Educational Media, 2019); and several books in the BBC Earth Do you Know? Series (Ladybird 2020). Musgrave is also the contributing writer for National Geographic Little Kids Magazine an exciting magazine for 3 to 5 year olds. (www.ruthamusgrave.com).
TAMARA FRANK, PhD: Tamara Frank is an active ocean researcher and a professor at NOVA Southeastern University. She’s originally a California girl. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara. When she’s not exploring the deep sea, Tammy lives happily in Florida with her sweet pups, Tucker and Peanut.
LYNDA MANN: Lynda Mann is the mother of three sons, grandmother to 3, and great grandmother to six. She is proud to be owned by two wonderful Pugs, Pughrey Bogart and Abbey. Lynda’s organizational skills have helped many companies thrive. She is the heart of the WhaleTimes creative team!
CHRISTY PETERSON: Christy Peterson helped create curriculum for Creep into the DEEPEND and Journey into Midnight: Light and Life Below the Twilight Zone (NOAA-OER). She is actively involved in participating in WhaleTimes programs such as school visits, teacher training workshops, and special events like World Ocean’s Day at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
When not working with WhaleTimes, Christy writes nonfiction for children and young adults. She has written more than 30 books and articles for young readers, as well as “Nanoland,” a museum exhibit for Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, and resources for parents and teachers. Her latest books have earned starred reviews: INTO THE DEEP: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE QUEST TO SAVE THE OCEAN (April 2020) from Twenty First Century Books received a starred review from School Library Journal, as well as positive feedback from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. EARTH DAY AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT: STANDING UP FOR EARTH! (March 2020) also published by Twenty First Century Books earned a starred review from Kirkus, as well as buzz from School Library Journal and Booklist. (www.christypeterson.com)