Kat McGowan

Contributing Writer

Biology

I Contain Multitudes

August 21, 2014

Our bodies are a genetic patchwork, possessing variation from cell to cell. Is that a good thing?

Multicellularity
evolution

Where Animals Come From

July 29, 2014

Bacteria may have helped single-celled organisms make the leap to multicellular animals.

Maple leaves.
botany

The Secret Language of Plants

December 16, 2013

Striking evidence that plants warn each other of environmental dangers is reviving a once ridiculed field.

About the author

Kat McGowan is a journalist based in New York City and Berkeley who specializes in health and science. She is a contributing editor for Discover magazine. Her story on the failures of memory, “Out of the Past,” was selected for “The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010.”