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Grace van Deelen

Grace van Deelen‘s love for the natural world sprang from her childhood growing up in the Great Lakes region, where she learned to appreciate both the beauty and fragility of the ecosystems around her. She graduated from Tufts University, where she spent four years earning degrees in biology and anthropology. During her time there, she researched yield variability on coffee farms in Costa Rica and caught native pollinators in the farm fields of southern Wisconsin. She kept coming back to her love of writing as a way to meld her interests in human culture and the natural sciences, and eventually wrote a thesis about how entomologists practice care for their study subjects. Grace’s hope as a writer is to convey the awe that science brings to the world while also highlighting how science is as much a social and political process as it is a way to produce knowledge.