ellisRichard Ellis is one of America’s leading marine conservationists and the author of On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear (Knopf). He is generally recognized as the foremost painter of marine natural history subjects in the world. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Book of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises and Imagining Atlantis. His paintings of marine life have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and have appeared in Audubon, National Geographic, National Wildlife, Australian Geographic, the Encyclopedia Britannica, and numerous other national and international publications. He has been asked to advise on many museum installations, including a 35-foot long whale mural for the Denver Museum of Natural History in 1978, and a 100-foot-long mural of Moby Dick for the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts in 1986. One hundred and six of his paintings were selected by the Smithsonian Institution to form a traveling exhibit of the marine mammals of the world, and these paintings are now in the permanent collection of Whaleworld, a museum in Albany, West Australia. Ellis is the author of more than eighty magazine articles which have appeared in such journals as Natural History, Animal Kingdom, Smithsonian, Science Digest, and National Geographic. Ellis is a special advisor to the American Cetacean Society, a member of the Explorers Club, and a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History.

Richard Ellis’ Kentucky Author Forum conversation-  about the implications of global warming for the polar bear- was shared with  Jeff Corwin, globe-trotting wildlife biologist.  Corwin is the  author of 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species. He is a biologist, Emmy-winning producer, and host of television shows which are seen in 120 countries around the world, including Animal Planet’s Jeff Corwin Experience, Corwin’s Quest, and King of the Jungle; Disney’s Going Wild with Jeff Corwin; Investigation Earth for the Discovery Network; NBC’s Jeff Corwin Unleashed, which was nominated four times for an Emmy and won an Emmy for Outstanding Host; the Travel Channel’s Into Asia and Into the American West, and the Food Network’s Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin. For the Discovery Health Channel, he hosted Pets and People, the Power of the Health Connection.

Corwin co-created and co-hosted CNN’s Planet in Peril with Anderson Cooper in 2007. He is the producer of the MSNBC documentary 100 Heartbeats, based on his book 100 Heartbeats: The Race to Save Earth’s Most Endangered Species. His previous book was Living on the Edge, Amazing Relationships in the Natural World. He has been working for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the world since he was a teenager.

Corwin holds a bachelor of science degree in biology and anthropology and a masters degree in wildlife and fisheries conservation.Corwin