About the Expert

Expert Bio

Amy Maxmen is a science journalist who writes for Nature, the New York Times, Wired, and National Geographic, among other outlets. For over a decade, she has reported on global health, infectious diseases, and biological research around the world. Maxmen’s work looks beyond “the science” to reveal historical, political, or economic drivers of outcomes. She won a 2021 Victor Cohn Prize for her writing on the toll of inequality during the COVID-19 pandemic in California. Maxmen’s reporting on Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo garnered an AAAS Kavli award and the communication award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Her coverage of drug-resistant malaria in Myanmar and Cambodia was awarded a first-place prize from the Association of Health Care Journalists. Maxmen’s story on the origin of humanity, reported in Ethiopia, is featured in the Best American Science and Nature Writing 2015. She earned a doctorate in evolutionary biology from Harvard University, where she published her research on sea spiders and the origin of arthropods in Nature, and her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

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