Latest project: I'm recently back from a year of sketching seabirds in New Zealand.

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Abby McBride is an itinerant sketch biologist and Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow, exploring nature and science through art and stories.

Biography (learn more)
Armed with a biology degree from Williams College, Abby took the obvious career path and did some farming in Spain, drew nature illustrations in New York City, manned the helm of a lobster boat in downeast Maine, bird-blogged across the western United States, studied siblicidal boobies on an uninhabited Galápagos island, lifeguarded, taught piano lessons, researched invasion ecology literature, and worked as a pastry chef (in roughly that order). Next she went to MIT for a science writing degree, wrote for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, did communications for Bowdoin College and the American Ornithological Society, sketched icebergs in Iceland, babblers in Borneo, and giraffes in Kenya, and went bicycling across Eurasia.

Just back from a year in New Zealand, she's currently sketchbiologizing on the coast of Maine.