Rachel Nuwer is an award-winning freelance journalist  who reports about science, travel, food and adventure for outlets such as the New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American  and more. She also writes two columns, Last Place on Earth and What If.., for BBC Future. Her first book, Poached: Inside the Dark World of Wildlife Trafficking, is set for publication in 2018 with Da Capo Press. 

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 spent time in Laos researching Mekong River fishes, sparking a passion for travel and conservation. 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.