Back when my children were in middle school, I had a lot of fun helping them with their science projects. My enjoyment of looking through the microscope led to a personal passion to make a contribution to science.
Thus began my own scientific study: a population survey of the little known creature (at the time), the tardigrade. The survey, covering the state of New Jersey, and publication of a scientific paper took about 10 years from start to finish.
Besides my gaining a great deal of how-to knowledge, I hosted a video for Vice Media which went viral and put Vice on the map, and thus popularized the tardigrade as the “The First Animal to Survive in Space.”
I also starred in the PBS video on YouTube, “Songs For Unusual Creatures,” and I’ve appeared on the most popular television show in Brazil, talking about tardigrades.
You’ve probably notice that I’ve written several books to assist teachers and their young scientists in similar projects. The New York Times interviewed my in their Science section as well when the American Museum of Natural History opened their tardigrade exhibit.

So here is my website page about tardigrades.

The Video

Some Important Tardigrade Links



Mike Shaw’s Scientific Paper

Martin Mach’s Site

Dave Walker’s Backyard Hunt

Worlds Oldest Tardigrade
Found In New Jersey


NY Times Article about
Mike Shaw – Space Bear Hunter

Click Here for Tardigrade Supply List

Cool Tardigrade T-Shirts

See a free preview of my books by clicking on them:

How to get started today…

I’ve created a starter manual from which you will learn everything you need to know about finding tardigrades, collecting them, and looking at them through a simple inexpensive microscope.

This 14 page E-booklet shows you where to find tardigrades in your own backyard, in a park, or in your schoolyard. Get started in your scientific explorations right away.

You can either buy this E-booklet here for 99 cents:

OR – Get it free by signing up on my mailing list. You’ll get occasion updates directly from me on tardigrades and related science – easy to understand – and good to know.

Some additional videos I’ve done on Tardigrades: