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"GrrlScientist" is the pseudonym of an evolutionary ecologist/ornithologist & parrot researcher. Freelance science writer/journalist at Forbes & Medium. Twitter curator and research paper collector for the Parrot Researchers' Group (@ParrotsGroup). Formerly: science journalist at The Guardian (UK). Adjunct science professor at CUNY and Queens College.

Closing Plenary speaker for British Ornithologists' Union 2017 Twitter Conference. Plenary speaker "The Year in Ecology" for 2014 British Ecological Society/Société Française d'Écologie conference. Judge for the 2016 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize; The Guardian/Wellcome Trust 2014 science writing prize, & 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, GrrlScientist earned her PhD in evolutionary ecology & ornithology from the Zoology Dept at the University of Washington. Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History, where she studied phylogeography, speciation & distribution of lories & other South Pacific Islands parrots. Seattle Audubon Society certified Master Birder.

A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. She wrote her eponymous science blog for The Guardian for 6.5 years. Also wrote for the non-profit think tank, The Evolution Institute, & for BirdLife, ABS-CBN, Science, Nature, Nature Blog Network, SciLogs, Birding Blogs & ScienceBlogs. Former podcast writer for BirdNote Radio.

Her best writing is collected & curated on Medium. Active on twitter @grrlscientist & sends a monthly TinyLetter about her latest writing on Fridays. Other social medias: Mastodon | CounterSocial | LinkedIn

  • Education
    • University of Washington