Alice McBride began her biology career in a leaky rowboat owned by Cornell University. She has since collected ecological data from all sorts of conveyances, including farm tractors and a two-masted tall ship. In exploring different ecosystems, Alice has counted earthworms in meadows, pursued birds through canals and up trees, and introduced summer campers to the joys of bogs. In the Atlantic surf, she was once mistakenly identified by beachgoers as a seal. Along the way, Alice became an academic editor and developed a keen appreciation for clearly communicated research. Alice’s goal as a science writer is to shrink the artificial gulf that looms between humans and the natural world.