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Shaena Montanari

I am currently a freelance science writer and contributor at Forbes in natural history and paleontology. I recently wrapped up an international fellowship sponsored by the Royal Society at University of Edinburgh in the UK where I was researching chemical signatures of dietary adaptations in modern and fossil mammals. Before that, I was a Columbia Science Fellow at Columbia University, teaching first year undergraduates science topics ranging from black holes to dinosaurs. I received my PhD in comparative biology from the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and yes, it was amazing going to school at a museum. My dissertation was on the paleoecology of dinosaurs and mammals, which lead me to field work in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert and the outback of Australia.