Dr. Joanne Settel is an award-winning writer of science books for children. Dr. Settel's most recent book, Exploding Ants: Amazing Facts About How Animals Adapt, was listed as one of the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children (2000) by the Children's Book Council. She also coauthored a popular series of children's books including Why Does My Nose Run?, Why Do Cats' Eyes Glow in the Dark?, and How Do Ants Know When You’re Having a Picnic?, which was also named an Outstanding Science Trade Book For Children (1986). Dr. Settel has a PhD in Zoology. She is a retired professor of biology, anatomy, and physiology at Baltimore City Community College. She lives with her husband in Maryland where she enjoys hiking, bird watching, and gardening.