Terri Cook is a freelance science and travel writer and member of both the National Association of Science Writers and the Society of American Travel Writers. Her career is focused on exploring, explaining, and celebrating the 4.5-billion-year history of the remarkable planet we live on. Terri earned a master’s degree in geology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied rocks from deep-sea hot springs, and an undergraduate degree in archaeology from Tufts University. She writes about geology, geoheritage, ecology, and the environment – as well as wine, hiking, and travel – for an unusually broad range of publications, including Avalon Travel, 5280 Magazine, Scientific American, ScienceNews, NOVA Next, Eos, EARTH, GEOExPro, Tea Time, and Boulder Magazine. From the remote Australia Outback to the depths of the Grand Canyon to the mist-shrouded summit of Bali’s Mount Batur, Cook’s reporting has taken her to 25 countries on 6 continents.
Lon Abbott is a geology faculty member at the University of Colorado at Boulder whose recent research has focused on the cutting of the Grand Canyon and the formation of the Colorado Rockies. Lon received a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in earth science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he specialized in the study of mountain building inspired by his childhood explorations of the Rockies. Lon’s research has taken him from remote mountain peaks in Papua New Guinea to a 15,000-foot-deep trench near Costa Rica.