Stephanie M. Dloniak

Writing about science, nature, and adventure for children and adults.




Great work done around our Mara home by the Mara Elephant Project: ... See MoreSee Less

MEP completes monthly aerial monitoring flights to check in on all of our 22 collared elephants. Yesterday, Courtney, who was gravely injured and successfully treated, was spotted with her calf looking very healthy. These flights are essential to MEP for confirming, not only the health and well being of our elephants, but also help us collect data on their location, herd size and ensure the proper function of their collar.

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Stephanie M. Dloniak shared A Mighty Girl's photo. ... See MoreSee Less

Astronaut Peggy Whitson set a new record today for the most time in space by any NASA astronaut, having spent 534 days off-planet! Whitson, who recently became the first two-time female commander of the International Space Station, is currently on her third long-duration mission and will remain in space until September. In speaking from the space station today, Whitson said, “It’s a huge honor to break a record like this. It’s an honor for me, basically, to be representing all the folks at NASA who make this spaceflight possible and who make me setting this record feasible.” Whitson recently broke another record when she completed her eight spacewalk, setting a new record for the most spacewalks performed by a woman. She has now spent a record-setting 53 hours spacewalking. With a doctorate in biochemistry, Whitson often conducts life sciences and microgravity studies during her missions. At 57 years old, she is the oldest and most experienced female astronaut. And, although she has set a new record for the longest cumulative time in space by an American, she still has a way to go to beat the world record-holder, Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka with 878 days in orbit. As she signed off from space today, Whitson shared words of encouragement to young people interested in science: “I want all the young people out there to recognize that the real steps [to getting to Mars] are going to be taken in a few years,” she said. “By studying math, science, engineering, any kind of technology, you're going to have a part in that, and that will be very exciting.” Congratulations to Peggy Whitson on her record-setting feats! To introduce kids to many pioneering women of science, we highly recommend the excellent illustrated biography, "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers," for ages 9 and up at For a wonderful new early chapter book about Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space, for ages 6 to 9 at For a fascinating picture book about the first American woman in history to go on a spacewalk, Kathy Sullivan, we highly recommend "To The Stars!: The First American Woman to Walk In Space," for ages 5 to 9 at To inspire your Mighty Girl with stories starring girls who love science, check out our blog post, "Celebrating Science: 50 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls," at And, if you'd like to encourage your children's interest in science, you can find many girl-empowering science toys and kits in our post, "Top 50 Science Toys for Mighty Girls" at

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More anti-venom needed in Kenya! ... See MoreSee Less

On behalf of the Trustees of the #JamesAsheAntivenomTrust ( we can now confirm receipt of our latest batch of 50 vials of Polyvalent #SnakeBiteAntivenom. Thank you to all our supporters including #RunningForRangers who made considerable donations to make this batch possible. With the onset of the rains here now, the arrival of this antivenom will save many lives. We would like to thank Geoff Bell and Peter Newland in particular for helping us achieve our goal before the end of April this year. #SAVP #SnakebiteAfrica #MafundiWaNyoka #VisitWatamu #BioKenSnakeFarm #SavingLifeAndLimb #AntivenomTrust #GlobalSnakebiteInitiative #SAIMR #PolyvalentAntivenom #Antivenom #Snakebite #SnakebiteSeason

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Stephanie M. Dloniak shared Neil deGrasse Tyson's Science In America. ... See MoreSee Less

Dear Facebook Universe I offer this four-minute video on "Science in America" containing what may be the most important words I have ever spoken. As always, but especially these days, keep looking up. —Neil deGrasse Tyson

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I am an American biologist slowly morphing into a science-nature-adventure writer. I am ultimately interested in our relationships with the natural world, and I mainly write features about wildlife research and conservation, the environment, and travel in wild (and some not-so-wild) places.

I was born and raised in the small town of Titusville, Pennsylvania. Titusville’s main claim to fame is the world’s first oil well, drilled by Colonel Edwin L. Drake in 1859. Ida Tarbell, a muckraker of note, also called Titusville home for a number of years.

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