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Marty Crump




Marty Crump


Marty Crump was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She spent her early years in the Adirondak mountains of upstate New York where she was fascinated by nature. In ninth grade, she vowed to become a biologist. As an undergraduate at the University of Kansas, she worked in the herpetology division of the Museum of Natural History. After graduation, she participated in a faunal survey of amphibians and reptiles in a remote area of the upper Amazon Basin, Ecuador.

Marty did research for her masters degree (University of Kansas) on the ecological distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Brazil. She returned to Ecuador for her doctorate research on frog reproductive behavior and ecology. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, Marty was a professor at the University of Florida. During that time, she carried out research in Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Argentina, studying amphibian parental care, cannibalism, and reproduction.

Since 1992, Marty has lived in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she is Adjunt Professor at Northern Arizona University. Her current research focuses on conservation of Darwin's frogs from southern Chile. Marty teaches courses in Latin America on amphibian biology, conservation, and field monitoring methods. When she is not in the field or teaching, Marty shares her passion for nature by writing about natural history for children and the general public.

Marty's first book, In Search of the Golden Frog, published in 2000, chronicles her 30 years of fieldwork in Latin America--from dining on unusual foods, run-ins with an electric eel and a boa constrictor, to the natural history of frogs and other animals. She has written two books of essays for the general public: Headless Males Make Great Lovers (unusual natural histories) and Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers (unusual relationships among plants, animals, and microorganisms). Her two books for children are: Amphibians, Reptiles, and Their Conservation and Mysteries of the Komodo Dragon. She coauthored Extinction in Our Times: Global Amphibian Decline, published in 2009, and she coauthored the college textbook Herpetology.

Marty wrote Amphibians and Reptiles--An Introduction to Their Natural History and Conservation because she believes that children need to appreciate nature before they can be asked to protect it. With over 40 years' experience as a herpetologist, the author of several books on amphibians and reptiles, Marty is well-qualified to write this current book. Marty is a recipient of the Distinguished Herpetologist Award given by The Herpetologists' League in 1997.

Marty is available for general book signings and talks at libraries, museums, cultural centers, etc. Please contact her directly for more information.


1. Amphibians and Reptiles.


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