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

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

After earning a degree in microbiology (emphasis: virology) & 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 & 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 & distribution of lories & other South Pacific Islands parrots.

A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. She wrote her eponymous science blog for The Guardian for longer than six years & has written for ABS-CBN, Science, Nature, Nature Blog Network, SciLogs, Birding Blogs & ScienceBlogs. Her best writing is collected & curated on Medium. She's active on twitter @grrlscientist & sends a weekly TinyLetter.

  • Education
    • University of Washington