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My nonfiction comics are works of synthesis for young readers, and I’m indebted to a host of researchers, writers, and educators for each project. Bibliographic information is listed below. I encourage you to use this as a starting point for further reading — there’s always more to know.

THE AMERICAN BISON: The Buffalo’s Survival Tale (2021)


American Bison: A Natural History, Dale F. Lott. University of California Press, 2002.

Bison and People on the North American Great Plains, edited by Geoff Cunfer and Bill Waiser. Texas A&M University Press, 2016.

The Buffalo Book, David A. Dary. Avon Books, 1974.

The Buffalo Hunters, Mari Sandoz. Bison Books, 1978. Originally Hastings House, 1954.

Buffalo Nation, Ken Zontek. Bison Books, 2007.

The Destruction of the Bison, Andrew C. Isenberg. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

I Will Be Meat for My Salish, Robert Bigart, ed., Salish Kootenai College Press & Montana Historical Society Press, 2001.

Last Stand, Michael Punke. HarperCollins, 2009.

Mr. Hornaday’s War, Stefan Bechtel. Beacon Press, 2012.

Period publications available online

American Bison Society. Annual Report of the American Bison Society, 1905-1907. American Bison Society, 1908.

Hornaday, William T. Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1894.

Hornady, William T. Popular Official Guide to the New York Zoological Park. 10th ed., New York Zoological Society, 1909.

Hough, Emerson. “The Account of Howell’s Capture”. Forest and Stream, vol. 42, no. 18, 5 May 1894, p. 3.

“Protection of Buffalo”. Congressional Record, House of Representatives, 43rd Congress, 1st Session, 10 Mar. 1874, p. 2105-2109. (deep link unavailable)

CATS: Nature and Nurture (2019)


Bradshaw, John. Cat Sense. Basic Books, 2013.

Hart, Benjamin L. and Lynette A. Hart. Your Ideal Cat. Purdue University Press, 2013.

Francis, Richard C. Domesticated. W. W. Norton & Company, 2015.

McNamee, Thomas. The Inner Life of Cats. Hachette Books, 2017.

Sunquist, Mel and Fiona Sunquist. Wild Cats of the World. University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Tucker, Abigail. The Lion in the Living Room. Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Turner, Alan and Mauricio Antón. The Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives. Columbia University Press, 1997.

Turner, Dennis C., and Patrick Bateson, editors. The Domestic Cat: The biology of its behaviour. 3rd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2014.


Allen, William L., et al. “Why the leopard got its spots: relating pattern development to ecology in felids.” Proceedings of the Royal Society B, vol. 278, 2011, pp. 1373-1380.

Banks, Martin S., et al. “Why do animal eyes have pupils of different shapes?” Science Advances, vol. 1, no. 7, 2017.

Kuo, Zing-Yang. “The genesis of the cat’s responses to the rat.” Comparative Psychology, vol. 11, no. 1, 1930.

Kuo, Zing-Yang. “Further study on the behavior of the cat toward the rat.” Comparative Psychology, vol. 25, no. 1, 1938.

Ottoni, Claudio, et al. “The palaeogenetics of cat dispersal in the ancient world.” Nature Ecology & Evolution, vol. 1, no. 139, 2017.

DOGS: From Predator to Protector (2017)


Coppinger, Raymond, Lee Spector, and Lynn Miller. “What, if anything, is a Wolf?” The World of Wolves: New Perspectives on Ecology, Behaviour and Management, edited by M. Musiani, L. Boitani, and P. Paquet. University of Calgary Press, 2009.

Coppinger, Raymond and Lorna. Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution. Scribner, 2001

Francis, Richard C. Domesticated, Norton, 2015.

Hare, Brian and Vanessa Woods. The Genius of Dogs, Dutton, 2013.

Horowitz, Alexandra. Inside of a Dog. Scribner, 2009.

McConnell, Patricia B. The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs. Ballantine Books, 2002.

Miklósi, Ádám. Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Morris, Desmond. Dogs. Trafalgar Square, 2001.

Serpell, James. A. and Deborah. L. Duffy. “Dogs Breeds and Their Behavior.” Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior, edited by A. Horowitz. Springer, 2014.


Parker, Heidi G., “Genomic analyses of modern dog breeds.” Mammalian Genome 23 (2012): 19-27.

Svartberg, Kenth, and Björn Forkman. “Personality Traits in the Domestic Dog (Canis Familiaris).” Applied Animal Behaviour Science 79 (2002): 133-55. 

Svartberg, Kenth. “Breed-typical behaviour in dogs–Historical remnants or recent constructs?” Applied Animal Behaviour Science 96 (2006): 293-313.

Turscán, Borbála, et al. “Trainability and boldness traits differ between dog breed clusters based on conventional breed categories and genetic relatedness.” Applied Animal Behaviour Science 132 (2011): 61-70.

vonHoldt, Bridgett M., et al. “Genome-wide SNP and haplotype analyses reveal a rich history underlying dog domestication.” Nature 464 (2010): 898-902


Understanding Evolution. University of California Museum of Paleontology, 2016, Accessed 24 August 2016.

Liou, Stephanie. An Introduction to DNA and Chromosomes. Stanford University, 5 Feb. 2011, Accessed 24 August 2016.

ROCKS & MINERALS: Geology from Caverns to the Cosmos (2020)


Bjornerud, Marcia. Reading the Rocks. Westview Press, 2005.

Hazen, Robert M. The Story of Earth. Penguin Group, 2012.

Fortney, Richard. Earth: An Intimate History. Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

McPhee, John. Annals of the Former World. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

Prothero, Donald R. The Story of Earth in 25 Rocks. Columbia University Press, 2018.


Rock Cycle Processes. The Geological Society of London, Accessed 1 June 2018.

TREES: Kings of the Forest (2018)


Chamovitz, Daniel. What a Plant Knows. Scientific American / Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2012.

*Have I used the correct formatting for books with original publication vs. domestic publication?

Raven, Peter H., et al. Biology of Plants. 6th-8th ed., W.H. Freeman and Company, 1999-2013.

Tudge, Collin. The Tree. Crown Publishers / Random House, 2005, 2006.

Wohlleben, Peter. The Hidden Life of Trees. Translated by Jane Billinghurst, Greystone Books / David Suzuki Institute, 2015.

Journals & Other Publications

Gorzelak, Monika A., et al. “Inter-plant communication through mycorrhizal networks mediates complex adaptive behaviour in plant communities.” AoB Plants 7 (2015).

Gumtow-Farrior, Daniel, and Catherine Gumtow-Farrior. “Wildlife On White Oaks Woodlands.” Portland, OR: Woodland Fish and Wildlife Project, 1997.

Karban, Richard. “Plant behaviour and communication.” Ecology Letters 11 (2008): 727-739.

Marosvӧlgyi, Marcell A. and Hans J. van Gorkom. “Cost and Color of Photosynthesis.” Photosynthetic Research 103 (2010): 105-109.

Trewavas, Anthony. “Intelligence, Cognition, and Language of Green Plants.” Frontiers in Psychology 7:588 (2016).


Feldman, Lewis J. “Plants and Fungi.” Biology 1B. University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA. Spring 2015.

Moen, Gary. “Tree Biology: Their Structures and Their Functions.”  Boise Public Library, Boise, ID. Lecture. 5 March 2014.

Simmard, Suzanne. “How trees talk to each other.” TEDSummit. Banff, AB, Canada. June 2016.