Rachel Nuwer’s love for nature and science was kicked off by a childhood exploring the bayous and beaches of southern Mississippi. As a biology student at Loyola University New Orleans, she researched Mekong River fishes in Laos, sparking a passion for travel and exploration. This wunderlust has since taken her to 51 countries – six of which she lived in.

In 2010, Rachel returned to Southeast Asia to investigate illegal wildlife trade and natural resource use in Vietnam for her ecology master’s thesis at the University of East Anglia, England. She published that research in the scientific journal Oryx.

In 2011, she earned a second master’s degree at New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Writing Program (SHERP).

She writes for the New York Times, Smithsonian, Scientific American, the New Scientist, Popular Science, Audubon Magazine, Edible Magazine, and more, and blogs for Smithsonian. She also publishes a column, Last Place on Earth, with BBC Future. She lives in Brooklyn.