It’s a camel. Her name is Mona. Friday Harbor, Washington.

It’s a camel. Her name is Mona. Friday Harbor, Washington.

Hello! I’m Mara. I am an award-winning science journalist, editor, and author based in Seattle, Washington. I use humor, accessible writing, and solid science to inform audiences of all ages and interests.

I’ve covered all areas of science but have a particular penchant for the strange, slimy, and generally biological. My work has appeared in outlets such as Slate, Popular Science, Live Science, Discover, Scholastic Science World, and the New York Times for Kids. I’m also the former editor of Scholastic SuperScience, a classroom science magazine for students in grades 3 to 6.

My book WTF Evolution?! A Theory of Unintelligible Design was called “hilarious” by Scientific American, selected as one of the top science books of the year by io9, and crowned “the best bathroom book ever” by an anonymous Amazon review. In 2014, I won the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for Children’s Science News. I have a master’s degree in Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting from New York University.

I am available for freelance writing, editing, and other projects. Have something I can help with? Please get in touch!