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"GrrlScientist" is the pseudonym of an evolutionary ecologist/ornithologist and parrot researcher. Science writer/journalist at Forbes and for the non-profit Think Tank, The Evolution Institute. Podcast writer for the non-profit BirdNote Radio. Formerly: The Guardian (UK).

Closing Plenary speaker for British Ornithologists' Union 2017 Twitter Conference. Judge for the 2016 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. Plenary speaker for 2014 British Ecological Society/Société Française d'Écologie joint conference: "The Year in Ecology". Judge for The Guardian/Wellcome Trust 2014 science writing prize, and judge for the 2013 Royal Society Young People's Science Book Prize.

After earning a degree in microbiology (emphasis: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, GrrlScientist earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then was a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the phylogeography, speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands.

A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. She wrote her eponymous science blog for The Guardian for longer than six years, and her writing has also been published by ABS-CBN, Science, Nature, Nature Blog Network, SciLogs, Birding Blogs and ScienceBlogs. She collects and curates her best writing on Medium. She's very active on twitter @grrlscientist and sends out a weekly TinyLetter to share her writing with subscribers.

  • Education
    • University of Washington