Hi! My name is Megan.

who I am:

I am a science writer, naturalist communicator, artist, and researcher specializing in animal behavior, wildlife ecology, and conservation.

I am probably thinking about birds, intelligence, cognition, evolution, behavior, ecology, ethology, the cosmos, the Drake equation, cortical folding, stories, creation, humanity, cooking, or something else.

When I’m not writing, I am hiking, camping, swimming in the ocean, throwing a dinner party, making cocktails, fermenting pickles and sourdough, and growing as many house- and food plants as possible.

what I do:

I tell inspiring multimedia nature stories.

I illustrate my stories with original paintings, photography, and data visualizations.

I teach experiences with Atlas Obscura called ‘Art + Evolution: Drawing Animals with Megan McGrath.’ These interdisciplinary workshops help participants explore the mysteries of nature and evolution all around them by deepening their drawing practice. Learn more here.

I do research on animal behavior. In 2019 I published a Master’s thesis on bottlenose dolphin social behavior and movement. I have a decade of experience as a research assistant in labs studying the cognition of “big grey animals with big grey brains,” like dolphins, elephants, and grey parrots.

I produce science radio. In 2013 I was a AAAS Mass Media Fellow stationed at VOA News, where I produced science radio for an international audience, and in 2016 I co-founded and managed a collaborative audio production group.

I edit scientific material for academic and popular publication, from journal manuscripts to a successful book on the origin of life on Earth.

Find my resume here.

where I am:

I am a new transplant to Washington, DC, on colonized Nacotchtank / Piscataway territory.

how to reach me:


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