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Kristy is a science journalist and an award-winning author of Nature's Wild Ideas: How the Natural World is Inspiring Scientific Innovation.


Kristy has written for WIRED, Science Magazine, Hakai Magazine, Business Insider, Mongabay, Bay Crossings Magazine, and other publications. Her WIRED article about desert crusts was featured on the website's front page as a "Today's Picks" piece, and The New York Times gave a shout-out to her article about a DNA test to help bust the illegal trade of precious red coral in their Climate Forward weekly email newsletter.

Her first book was released to critical acclaim in Fall, 2022. The book will be translated into multiple languages.

Previously, she was a podcast host and video editor for Science Magazine. She has reported on an all-female expedition to Antarctica, moderated a conference on the sustainability of cell-based seafood, trekked forests in search of albino redwood trees, and was invited as a journalism fellow to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Other notable experiences include hitchhiking and ice-climbing in Hyalite Canyon, road tripping across the United States, climbing in Yosemite and the Dolomites, and living in Ukraine for two months.


Kristy has two degrees in Journalism and Neuroscience. She loves perusing local book-stores in each town she visits. When she's not on the road, she lives in San Francisco. Her favorite bookstore from childhood is Kepler's Books in Menlo Park.

Literary Agency Representation: Sterling Lord Literistic Inc.
An agency with a diverse and successful client list, including Pulitzer Prize winners, commercial novelists, and journalists.

Awards/Fellowships/Speaking Events:
Silver Nautilus Book Award for Science (2024) | Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) for Nature (2023) | Longlisted for the AAAS/Subaru Prize for Excellence in Science Books | Talks at Google 2023 | Sundance Author Resort Series 2023 | WHOI Ocean Science Fellowship Massachusetts (2019) | Intermountain West Joint Venture, Fire & Invasives in Sagebrush Country Fellow, Nevada (2019) | Good Food Conference, Moderator - Sustainability in Cell-Based Seafood, San Francisco (2019) | Planet Home, Panelist - How Can Science Help Us Solve Our Ocean’s Challenges, San Francisco (2019) | New York Screenplay Contest Official Finalist, New York (2014) | World Series Screenwriting Finalist (2013) | Scribendi, 24th edition, Linear Free Fall, Photography Section. 

In her spare time, Kristy is a hobbyist photographer, capturing everything from illegally trafficked creatures and coral labs to sport climbs and ice core vaults.

"Love your article. Once again, thank you so much for your interest in our work."
- Reuben Shipway
Research Associate, Northeastern University

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