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Michael Shikashio, Prominent Dog Behaviorist Who Specializes In Aggression

Michael Shikashio—a dog behaviorist whose credentials include serving as past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), reportedly one of fewer than 200 CDBCs worldwide—describes growing up in “a Japanese family,” so they had dogs, but the pooches were required to live outside. Read more…

Dr. Neal Barnard, founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, professor, speaker, musician

Dr. Neal Barnard—founder and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, among other notable hats he wears—recalls growing up not particularly interested in being a doctor, like his Dad, then after becoming more inclined to pursue medicine, initially veering toward psychiatry. Read more…

Michelle Gadd, elephant expert, head of global conservation for Walters Conservation

Michelle Gadd—who heads global conservation for Walters Conservation, created and funded by philanthropists Mark and Kimbra Walter, and owner of White Oak Conservation, a 17,000-acre spread in northeastern Florida, which houses and cares for endangered and threatened species, among other animals—recounts how, at 19, she embarked on a three-month study abroad program in Africa…and ended up staying about 13 years. Read more…

Helen Macdonald, author of “H Is For Hawk” and now, “Vesper Flights”

Helen Macdonald—the naturalist, poet, and author best known for her acclaimed and award-winning memoir, “H Is For Hawk”; she’s published a new book, “Vesper Flights”—expands on a point she makes in the introduction of the new book about love being the subject that underlies her work, part of a broader observation that every writer has one subject that underlies theirs. Read more…

George L. Heinrich, biologist, educator, executive director of the Florida Turtle Conservation Trust

George L. Heinrich—a field biologist and environmental educator specializing in Florida reptiles; he also serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Turtle Conservation Trust—recounts growing up in New England, a childhood that involved spending hours each day outside, poking around in the woods, looking for salamanders and other critters, and tending to his pet box turtle, followed by a spotted turtle. Read more…