Author. Evolutionary Biologist.
Professor in Exile.
My new book, A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century (co-authored with Bret Weinstein) will be out in September. Pre-order HERE.

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About Heather
I am an evolutionary biologist. I apply the tool kit of evolutionary theory to problems large and small, some seemingly intractable, some possibly trivial—what to eat, how to teach and parent and be an upstanding citizen, what to avoid, and what to seek.

I experience the world through adventure, travel, sport and game. My evolutionary biologist husband Bret Weinstein, our children, and our pet carnivorans, often join in the fun. I seek speed and risk and thrill, and also comfort and warmth and solitude.

When I was a professor, the scientific process was a main theme in my teaching, and I strove to bring it to the foreground of students' worldviews, so that they became comfortable generating hypotheses for the patterns that they observed around them in the world, and were able to live investigated, conscious lives. Now, as a writer and podcaster, I aim to make the scientific process accessible and transparent to anyone who is reading or listening, regardless of their background or credentials.

I will gladly spend hours watching parrots klatsch at a clay lick, lizards hunt katydids, and squirrel monkeys do anything. I enjoy wandering around foreign cities. I enjoy wandering around natural places even more–the Washington coast in Spring during the shorebird migration, neotropical cloud forests with squirrel cuckoos and colorful bursts of tanagers, the San Juan Islands, the Amazon.

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My First Book: Antipode
Seasons With The Extraordinary Wildlife and Culture of Madagascar
The "antipode" is a point on a sphere diametrically opposite another. I have traveled and worked in some of the most remote places on the globe, including Madagascar, where I spent months in rainforests studying the sex lives of poison frogs, asking questions, with science, such as: Is that courtship? Do they care for their children? What are they yelling about? Why are they social?

Along with my frog, chameleon and lemur associates, I came to have human friends in Madagascar as well, who shared rice and stories with me.

This book is a story of moving between cultures, expectations, and economies. It is a story of nature, of field work and sweat, of being dependent on the vagaries of weather, and on the cycles of the moon and tides. It is a story of low-tech science, of observation and experiment, of rainforests still standing, and of those that have fallen.

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