Interview moments:

"He did eat like five or six snails. I think maybe he's just full." 

-- A graduate student talking to his advisor about a particularly unruly mantis shrimp

Bio

Whether discussing the cannibalistic ways of mantis shrimp or shaking the sticky foot of a male African clawed frog, Sujata reports on the strange world of science. She is particularly fond of writing about anything that involves science and food. Her work has appeared in New Scientist (where she also worked as an intern), Nature, High Country News, Scientific American, Wired, Psychology Today, ScienceNOW, Earth Magazine, PNAS and several other publications. She has been honored to receive fellowships to attend Knight Science's Food Boot Camp, Metcalf Institute's Science Immersion Workshop, and a training program for journalists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. She started her journalism career at a daily newspaper in upstate New York.

Sujata holds a masters in science writing from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelors in English from Cornell University. At Hopkins, she spent her time exploring silent senses and the morphogenesis of things both animate and inanimate, and stayed in the black by teaching a freshman writing course. In previous incarnations, Sujata has taught English to middle-schoolers in Japan, edited a book about 18th-century Madawaskans as a park ranger at Acadia National Park, gotten lost on a remote Korean island, sold smoothies while volunteering at an organic farm in Hawaii, taught tennis to 5-year-olds, and been bitten by a centipede four times (they travel in pairs, attack without provocation, and are reputed to inflict one of the most painful wounds in the animal kingdom). She currently resides in Burlington, Vermont with her husband, son, and an ornery, yet lovable, cat.