Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades.  Her most recent book is the New York TImes bestseller, The Genius of Birds (Penguin Press, 2016).  The Times calls the book a "lovely, celebratory survey", and the Wall Street Journal, "a gloriously provocative and highly entertaining book."  The book was named as a "Best Science Book of 2016" by Science Friday, a "best book of the year" by The Spectator and the National Post, and a "nature book of the year" by the London Sunday Times.

Previous books include Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream:  A Day in the Life of Your Body (Houghton Mifflin);  Ah-Choo:  The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold (Twelve); Chance in the House of Fate:  A Natural History of Heredity (Houghton Mifflin); and Notes from the Shore (Viking Penguin).  Jennifer is a contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times, and many other publications. She is the recipient of an National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  


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