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I began writing for the New York Times in 1992 and have, over the years, written hundreds of articles, nearly all about science, but mostly: evolution, insects, conservation, plants and quirk. My two favorite stories ever are tales of the hunt - one very recent one about how my husband and I caught the world’s largest flea and another much older one about wading through piranha-infested waters to catch an anaconda. Others that give a sense of my range of interests over the years include the one about finding a new-to-the-country species on our living room window, the one about why women have two breasts as opposed to some other number and the one about how the Darwin-fish car emblem evolved. One of the honors of writing for the Times has been having the chance to record the passing of significant figures in history, like writing the obituary for Ernst Mayr, the most influential evolutionary biologist since Darwin, and Stephen Jay Gould, much too early. The complete archive of my work is here.