Paul Schullery

Paul Schullery

Paul Schullery's books embrace natural history, human history, conservation, outdoor sport, and fiction. Paul has an M.A. in American History from Wittenberg University, a B.A. in American History from Ohio University, an honorary doctorate of letters from Montana State University, and an honorary doctorate of literature from Ohio University. Paul has written for such diverse publications as the Encyclopedia Brittanica Yearbook of Science and the Future; BioScience; The New York Times; Highlights for Children; and Outdoor Life. Paul's many books about nature include The Bears of Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon, American Bears, Mountain Time, Searching for Yellowstone, America's National Parks, Real Alaska, and Lewis and Clark Among the Grizzlies. Paul and his spouse, the artist Marsha Karle, have collaborated as author and illustrator on seven books, most recently This High Wild Country, The Fishing Life, and Yellowstone Bear Tales. Besides his two honorary doctorates, Paul has received numerous other honors and awards for his work as a nature writer and conservationist, including: the Wallace Stegner Award from the University of Colorado Center of the American West (1998); the Communications Leadership Award from the U.S. Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee for "extraordinary work in grizzly bear recovery" (2008); and the Communications Award from the George Wright Society for "outstanding contributions to conservation history, national park policy, and the understanding of wildlife, which have significantly advanced science-based resource management" in the national parks (2011). Paul was executive director of The American Museum of Fly Fishing, in Manchester, Vermont, from 1977 to 1982, and is now a trustee emeritus of that institution. His series of books on the history and culture of fly fishing includes American Fly Fishing: A History, Royal Coachman, Cowboy Trout, The Rise, If Fish Could Scream, and Fly-Fishing Secrets of the Ancients. H is honors for this work include the Roderick Haig-Brown Award from International Federation of Fly Fishers' (2006). In 2014 he was inducted into the Fly-Fishing Hall of Fame. Paul wrote and narrated the PBS film "Yellowstone: America's Sacred Wilderness" (2001), for which he received the prestigious Panda Award for scriptwriting from Wildscreen International (2002). He was both an advisor and an interviewee for the Ken Burns film "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" (2009). He has served on advisory groups for many organizations and institutions, and has been interviewed on NBC Today; World Monitor News; BBC; the History Channel; NPR, and other national media. More recently, Paul has explored his various historical interests in works of fiction, including Shupton's Fancy: A Tale of the Fly-fishing Obsession, and The Time Traveler's Tale: Chronicle of a Morlock Captivity. Since 2009, Paul has been scholar-in-residence at the Montana State University Library. For recent interviews with Paul, see Dayton Duncan's book The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009), 252-255; and the journal Yellowstone Science 17(3), 2009, 4-18. Learn more about Paul's books at Learn more about Marsha Karle's art and related products at
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