Best-selling Author Mary Roach, who has been called “America’s funniest science writer” by the Washington Post, was interviewed by BIWFC Science and Policy Director Stephanie Boyles Griffin. Mary is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, including STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; GULP: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and PACKING FOR MARS: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.  Her new book FUZZ: When Nature Breaks the Law, debuted in September 2021 and was issued in paperback in September 2022. Mary’s books have been published in 21 languages, and her second book, SPOOK, was a New York Times Notable Book.

Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, The New York Times Magazine, and the Journal of Clinical Anatomy, among others. She was a guest editor of the Best American Science and Nature Writing series and an Osher Fellow with the San Francisco Exploratorium and serves as an advisor for Orion and Undark magazines.  She has been a finalist for the Royal Society’s Winton Prize and a winner of the American Engineering Societies’ Engineering Journalism Award.  Find out more about Mary at