Monthly Archives: January 2016

Meet the world’s most famous lizard, Green Fruit Loop!

Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, the United Kingdom, Israel, India, China, and Singapore–our new mascot has made headlines everywhere! When a lizard was brought into my science lab on Friday, January 22, by a kindergartener named Faye, I hadn’t the slightest idea of the media attention “Green Fruit Loop” might garner. When reporter Cristina Rojas called me on Monday, January 25, not

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He’s healthy and eating!

One of the greatest proofs of a healthy animal is if it will actively hunt down its food, and I’m happy to report that Green Fruit Loop (GFL) is eating on his own! From now on, I will refer to GFL as a male, because I’ve been told that’s what the head shape suggests, although we can’t be 100% certain until he (or she)

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Book coming soon!

For updates on my first children’s novel, which is full of adventure and shape-shifting animals, please enter your email in the form below. Earning My Spots will be released by SkyPony Press in 2016! P.S. Your data will not be shared with anyone besides Mark Eastburn–I promise! You’ll also receive a great e-newsletter filled with all sorts of animal (and other science) stories each

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The turtle that started it all…

I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, close enough to the city that the zoo and museums were within a short ride in the car or train, and yet far enough out that I remember finding at least one box turtle wandering the neighborhood of my youth. Of course, back then, every box turtle that was discovered instantly became someone’s pet, which might

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Oh, what progress we’ve made!

So far, I’ve learned two things from this project: (1) that children will work tirelessly to answer a compelling question, and (2) any “bug” in a computer program will immediately become clear. With regard to the first issue, science lab time has recently centered around using the “new and improved” computer program that I developed over winter break, with students in grades 2-5 working

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