Driven by curiosity and ruled by compassion, Brooke Bessesen has worked with wildlife for more than three decades—from veterinary medicine to field biology to rescue. When wanderlust carries her to far-flung habitats, she candidly shares her discoveries.
As a research fellow with Osa Conservation, she has conducted studies in Costa Rica, investigating the ecological lives of whales, dolphins and sea turtles, among other marine life. Her scientific work recently led to the naming of a new subspecies of sea snake in Golfo Dulce.
"Bessesen became interested in the yellow sea snake while surveying the biodiversity of the gulf in 2010. The region, she discovered, is a crucial habitat for many creatures, such as endangered green sea turtles." —Newsweek
Brooke is an occasional contractor for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Working afield with their dedicated Animal Rescue Team, she helps animals escape the cruel conditions of dog fighting, puppy mills, hoarding, and foreign dog-meat farms.
At the start of her career, she gained experience with hundreds of species at the Phoenix Zoo Animal Care Center, where she worked as a certified veterinary technician. Concurrently, she was the Zoo's on-camera naturalist, appearing on local and national television with a wide variety of animals. She later produced a weekly television series for KTVK and broadcast programming for National Geographic Channel and Discovery Health.
Bringing her love of wildlife to the writing table, Brooke strives to make science accessible to readers of all ages. She has been honored with a Celebrate Literacy Award from the International Literacy Association, as well as a Glyph Award, Judy Goddard Award, and Grand Canyon Reader Award nomination. She is a long-time member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). And the founder and director of Authors for Earth Day (A4ED), an international coalition of children's authors who mentor young readers through special conservation-focused school visits.
"With her in-depth experience visiting with and educating young people, Brooke Bessesen truly understands their almost-innate passion for nature, saying 'They are both environmentalists and idealists, so they are just the kind of crusaders we need to combat the challenges of our changing world,'" —Earth Day Network
Brooke lives in Arizona with her husband, Kevin. Both pilots, they built an airplane and flew for many years before hanging up their headsets. When time allows, Brooke still does wildlife rescue for Liberty Wildlife.