Author of books for kids about wildlife, nature, space, weather, and more!

Mary Kay Carson

Mary Kay Carson

Author of books for kids about wildlife, nature, space, weather, and more!

Inside Biosphere 2

Earth Science Under Glass

Mary Kay Carson with photos by Tom Uhlman

In the Arizona desert, scientists conduct studies and experiments aimed to help us better understand our environment and what sort of things are happening to it due to climate change. The location is Biosphere 2, an immense structure that contains a replica ocean, savannah, and rainforest, among other Earth biomes. It's a unique take on the Scientists in the Field mission statement — in this case, the lab is a replica that allows the scientists to conduct large-scale experiments that would otherwise be impossible.

Check out the Scientists in the Field website

Reviews & Awards

"This enlightening title adeptly connects Biosphere 2’s past with its present and future. Stunning photographs, clear and colorful graphics, and illuminating insets enhance the appeal...Highly recommended for all middle school science collections." 

—School Library Journal  starred review

"An encouraging example of earth scientists working to understand and deal with climate change in new and amazing ways."—Kirkus

"From examining how forests handle climate change to the impact of the ocean becoming more acidic, to developing a deeper understanding of the water cycle for soil erosion, and to predicting climate conditions, the scope of the research is vast...Truly eye-opening." 

—Booklist starred review

A Junior Library Guild selection

Winner! 2016 Green Prize for Sustainable Literature

2016 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students (NSTA/CBC)