Talking with a Habitat Scientist

Talking with a Habitat Scientist uses the story of one scientist to introduce students to the concept of a habitat and to the work of a habitat scientist. John Harte is a scientist who investigates what happens when the elements of a habitat change. The book describes how a habitat is a place where a plant or an animal gets everything it needs to survive, that a habitat isn't just a place but includes a collection of things that all together meet the basic needs of an organism. The book communicates John's love of nature and passion for science and provides examples of how sometimes habitats change and the organisms can no longer survive there, that these changes are sometimes caused by humans, and that scientists help us understand and protect habitats. Talking with a Habitat Scientist extends students' growing understanding of habitats and shows how scientists work to understand and ultimately protect habitats.