Juli Berwald received her PhD in Ocean Science from the University of Southern California. The author of Spineless and a science textbook writer and editor, she has written for a number of publications including The New York Times, Nature, National Geographic, and Slate.
Praise for Life on the Rocks: An energetic investigation of the plight of coral reefs...with sharply drawn profiles and lucid renderings of ocean life. -Kirkus A courageous and passionate look at the exquisite symbiotic world of coral--and of the human spirit. In entwining deeply personal stories of love and loss and hope on the reefs and in her own family, Berwald offers insight that could not be more relevant to our lives. -Jennifer Ackerman, author of The Bird Way and The Genius of Birds Everyone who cares about the health of our planet should read these riveting, vivid, and information-packed pages. I recommend this book to ocean-loving humans everywhere. -Sy Montgomery, author of The Soul of an Octopus A personal and poetic dive into the watery wonders of coral. -James Nestor, author of Breath and Deep Part science, part memoir, Life on the Rocks is a compelling exploration of the decline of coral reefs and the solutions underway to save them-woven with a mother's search to cure her own child's illness. It is a saga of oceans and family, a story of grief and hope, and a call for bold action to save the seas and ourselves. Juli Berwald will have you rooting for her brave daughter and the tenacious corals of the world. -Cynthia Barnett, award-winning author of The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans Juli Berwald takes readers on a worldwide tour to meet some of the Earth's most fascinating animals, as beautiful as flowers and as vital to us as a mother to a child. A superb tour guide, Berwald is equally that a scientist, who sees the inner beauty of coral, as well as dire poverty for the world if that beauty is lost. Yet she is optimistic about gardens flourishing again and shows us how that can happen. -Jack E. Davis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea and The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America's Bird