Kate Petersen spent her early adulthood living in wilderness, traveling by freight train, and being generally feral. Her drive to investigate and experience the manifold facets of life eventually drew her back to civilization to study biology and ecology at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She has published papers on lichen and bryophyte ecology, and conducted field studies on the open Atlantic Ocean and deep in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. She is pursuing a career in science communication because she observes the information gap between scientists and non-scientists increasing while anthropogenic impacts on the biosphere reach apocalyptic levels. She hopes that her work will support well-informed social and policy decisions going forward. She is also counting on science journalism to abet her enduring ambition to learn about everything. Kate goes to mountains and old forests whenever she can, and makes art from sticks, bones, and fiber.