Jim Toomey writes and draws the daily comic strip Sherman's Lagoon, syndicated to over 250 newspapers. Jim has just completed his sixteenth book, Confessions of a Swinging Single Sea Turtle. Sherman's Lagoon combines two of his life-long passions: art and the sea. In addition to drawing his comic strip, Jim is active in marine conservation. The conservation message in his comic strip earned him the Environmental Hero Award, presented by NOAA “for using art and humor to conserve and protect our marine heritage.” He has contributed his comic characters and other illustrations to educational materials published by NOAA. Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Duke University, a Master of Arts from Stanford University, and recently went back to Duke to earn a Masters of Environmental Management through its Environmental Leadership executive program. Jim currently lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife and two children.