Blair and Dawn Witherington

Blair and Dawn Witherington are professional naturalists. Blair is a research scientist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in Florida. He has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Florida. He has contributed numerous scientific articles and book chapters on sea turtle biology, and his books include two volumes on sea turtles and their conservation. Dawn is a graphic design artist and scientific illustrator trained at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Fort Lauderdale. Her art and design are prominent in natural history books, posters, and museum exhibits. Blair and Dawn have merged their art, writing, photography, and design in a number of projects, including Florida’s Living Beaches: A Beachcomber’s Guide, Florida’s Seashells, Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas: A Beachcomber’s Guide, and Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas: A Beachcomber’s Guide.
Each a Florida native, Blair and Dawn share a fascination with the wilder parts of the state. They had their first date on a windswept beach, married in 1998, and began satisfying their mutual compulsion to seek, collect, catalog, photograph, identify, and research the diversity of Florida’s beaches. Their quest left sandy footprints from the Florida Panhandle south through the Keys and northward to the Georgia border. They have learned that beaches are places where beauty abounds, wonders are spontaneous, and footprints fill quickly. And so the quest continues …

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