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I’m Brandon Keim, a freelance journalist specializing in science, nature and technology (and generalizing in biology, culture, history, environment, sustainability, anthropology, policy, ethics, health and medicine.) Presently I’m working on projects involving the inner lives of animals; the difference between doing things by hand and on-screen; and a glossary of forgotten nature words. I’m also the co-founder of an insect-based cat food company.

Since March 2007 I’ve written for WIRED’s award-winning online science section. My work has also appeared in many other publications, including National Geographic News, Aeon Magazine, Nautilus, Scientific American Mind, Audubon Magazine, Mother Jones, Conservation, NOVA and Stanford Social Innovation Review. I’ve made broadcast appearances on NPR’s Science Friday and Here & Now, PRI’s The World and CBC’s As It Happens.

My latest articles can be found at left or in this feed, and some of my favorite stories are here. Shiny objects encountered while reporting are collected in Whalefall. My outside-of-work writing intentions are inevitably greater than my discipline, but sometimes I manage to gather a stray note. Often I can be found meditating with a camera.

Born and raised in Bangor, Maine, I now migrate between there and my home nest in Brooklyn, New York.

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