Richard Trout, an environmental biologist, consultant, and college professor, researches the details of his adventure tales to make them “meticulously
accurate” and relishes the fieldwork involved. He dives the Cayman coral reef; he spends time with elephants. More importantly, he knows his young-adult readers.
Mr. Trout spends countless hours in schools and libraries talking with young
people about his stories and his travels, environmental issues, the pleasure of
reading, and the craft of writing. He provokes lively discussions that engage
his audiences and help him better understand their interests.
Trout's Cayman Gold: Lost Treasure of Devils Grotto, the first
novel in his MacGregor Family Adventure Series, was chosen by National Geographic as a JASON literature selection. The author spoke at the Washington, D.C. JASON Action Summit in July 2006 as part of JASON's Monster
Storms curriculum. Trout's Czar of Alaska: The Cross of Charlemagne was selected as a 2006 finalist for the Teddy Award by the Writer's League of Texas. The title also earned him a finalist position for the Oklahoma Center of the Book Award in 2005.
Trout has degrees in biology and natural science and works as an Associate Professor of Biology at Oklahoma Christian University. The father of two grown daughters, he and his wife reside in Oklahoma City.
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