Susan McGrath, a freelance writer based in Seattle, writes about travel, natural history, and the environment, and occasionally makes a foray into sillier subjects. Recent feature articles include a story about the conflicting interests of yellow-eared parrots and the Roman Catholic Church in the Colombian Andes, and another explaining why you should worry about the low-level drizzle of hormone-mimicking synthetic chemicals in everyday products.
Currently a contributing editor to Audubon Magazine, Susan's work has appeared in Audubon, National Geographic, Smithsonian, and other magazines. From 1990 to 1998 her column, The Household Environmentalist, appeared weekly in The Seattle Times and was syndicated in some 80 newspapers across the U.S. Susan has been nominated for three National Magazine Awards and for an American Association for the Advancement of Science science-writing award.
Born in Tokyo, Susan has also lived in Hong Kong, Brazil, and the U.K. She graduated from high school in Rio de Janeiro and received an undergraduate degree in biology from Bennington College in Vermont. She speaks Portuguese and Spanish, is a certified SCUBA diver, can stay on a horse while taking notes, and can generally be counted on to know which fork to use.