Emily Monosson

Emily Monosson
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I am a toxicologist turned writer. Most of what I write is about how we impact the world - often negatively; and how we can reduce our human footprint. My most recent book, tentatively titled Blight: Fungus and the Coming Pandemic (W.W. Norton Press) is about fungal pandemics across species. Climate change, trade and travel are all responsible for a rise in emergent fungal pathogens.  Before that I wrote three somewhat related books (all published by Island Press): Natural Defense: enlisting bugs and germs to protect our food and medicine  a response to the problem of over dependence on traditional antibiotics and pesticides; Unnatural Selection: how we are changing life gene by genewhich focused on contemporary evolution primarily in response to industrial age chemicals across species; and Evolution in a Toxic World: how life responds to chemical hazards which explored the evolution of life's varied chemical defense systems and why this matters in today's world. My first experience with writing was in 2008, when I edited Motherhood the Elephant in the Laboratory: women scientists speak out, a collection of essays by 34 women who shared their experiences working part-time, full-time, in academia and outside of academia. When I am not sitting at the computer writing, or more recently doom scrolling I am either cycling, hiking or gently controlling chaos in my garden.

My old blog about toxicology can be found at http://toxicevolution.wordpress.com/

Contact Emily at: emonosson@gmail.com

Writing, Science, Fungus, Nature