Jennifer Ackerman has been writing about science, nature, and human biology for almost three decades. She is the author of seven books. Her most recent book is the New York Times Bestseller, The Genius of Birds (Penguin Press, 2016; paperback, 2017). Scientific American describes the book as “a lyrical testimony to the wonders of avian intelligence," and the Wall Street Journal calls it "a gloriously provocative and highly entertaining book." The book was named a Best Science Book of 2016 by National Public Radio's "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. It was a finalist for the 2017 National Academies Communication Book Award and for the 2017 Smart Book Award in Poland and was long-listed for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. The Genius of Birds is published in eighteen languages, including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Swedish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.
For a podcast on The Genius of Birds, created at the Aspen Ideas Festival this June by Flora Lichtman of "Every Little Thing", click here.
Jennifer's 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). She has contributed 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 from Radcliffe College, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Rainforest photo by Elsa Loissel