Paul W. Richard grew up wild and free at 8,100 feet elevation on the Two-Bar Ranch on the northwest edge of Walden, Colorado. His love of the ranch’s rivers in the mountains and the outdoor life led him to eventually become a professor of biological science at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. He has happily taught junior high, high school, university, and adult students for thirty-two years. Even after studying nature in the Arctic and Antarctic on science expeditions and studying the Galapagos Islands, his heart and interests remain in educating others. As a professor emeritus of biological science from UNC, he lives and continues writing in Greeley, Colorado. In the last five years, he published Colorado’s North Park—History, Wildlife, and Ranching (Walden Press), Growing Up Wild (Trafford), and Smokey, a Dog of My Own, (Walden Press). Exploring the Galapagos Islands (38,685 words) is his fourth book. A serious writer of YA, middle grades, and adult books, Paul Richard has also done work on academic textbook projects with Addison Wesley and Random House in the past.