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, Audubon, and more. She regularly blogs about wildlife for Smithsonian and publishes a column, Last Place on Earth, 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 61 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 has lived in Brooklyn since then, along with a computer programmer and a large orange cat. Reach her at rachelnuwer at gmail.