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Caitlin O'Connell

Dr. Caitlin O'Connell has been called a modern renaissance creative. She is currently on the faculty at the Eaton Peabody Lab at Harvard Medical School studying elephant low-frequency hearing while also overseeing a non-profit foundation (Utopia Scientific), which promotes the importance of science and conservation. She is an award-winning author and photographer and has been studying elephants in the wild for the last 30 years, having written dozens of scientific papers and numerous feature magazine articles and two memoirs about her experiences. She taught creative science writing for Stanford and The New York Times and co-developed the award-winning Smithsonian documentary, Elephant King. O'Connell is currently developing a new elephant docu-drama, Elephant Crown, and working on several feature movies and television scripts aimed at getting real science into popular media. She has authored eight popular books about elephants, including an award-nominated thriller series about the ivory trade that is also being released as a graphic novel.