Rachel Nuwer is a freelance journalist  who writes about science, travel, food and adventure for outlets such as the New York Times, Scientific American, National Geographic  and more. She regularly reports on wildlife for Smithsonian and publishes two columns, Last Place on Earth and What If.., with BBC Future. She is writing a book about the illegal wildlife trade, set for publication with Da Capo Press for 2017. 

Rachel'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 wanderlust has taken her to 64 countries – six of which she has lived in.

In 2010, Rachel returned to Southeast Asia, this time 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 her 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 lives in Brooklyn with a computer programmer and a large orange cat. Reach her at rachelnuwer at gmail.