A Conversation With Richard Ellis.
The career of Richard Ellis advances the maxim that scientific knowledge is often moved forward by the work of committed amateurs.
Mr. Ellis, an unpaid member of the paleontology department at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, where he has an office, researches the habitat, activities and daily lives of animals, past and present.
He then weaves that research into books, 14 so far, that describe and illustrate what he has learned.
Extinct species - and how they got that way - is the subject of his latest effort, "No Turning Back: The Life and Death of Animal Species" ... New York Times