The Octopus Scientists

by Sy Montgomery and Keith Ellenbogen Part of the Scientists in the Field Series

A team of five researchers, led by 69-year-old psychologist Jennifer Mather, have... read more

A team of five researchers, led by 69-year-old psychologist Jennifer Mather, have gathered on the island of Moorea, near Tahiti, as part of ongoing research into octopus behavior. Jennifer is interested in how octopuses think, solve problems, and develop individual personalities. Author Sy Montgomery and photographer Keith Ellenbogen have joined the group and chronicle efforts first to locate octopuses, which are accomplished masters of camouflage, and then to observe and document what the octopuses do. Four of the five researchers in the group are women, and all of them share appreciation for these intelligent, fascinating, and incredibly diverse creatures. As with other best books in the Scientists-in-the-Field series, Montgomery’s narrative introduces each scientist and chronicles the frustrations and success of their field research, in addition to aspects of octopus biology and behavior. The author’s enthusiasm for her subjects—human and octopus alike—propels a narrative of significant length accompanied by captivating color photographs. (Age 11 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

show less