Kat McGowan, Contributor at Popular Science

Kat McGowan



  • Broad knowledge of health, healthcare and medical research, with deep expertise in neuroscience, genetics, neurodegenerative diseases, climate, and comparative cognition (animal stories!) 
  • Specialty in narrative feature writing and editing
  • Former consulting editor for Discover, Scientific American, Wired, and many others; current project editor for the Grist 50, an annual celebration of up-and-coming leaders in sustainability, climate, and justice. 
  • Beyond PopSci, recent stories in Boston Globe Ideas, Wired, Audubon, Mother Jones

Favorite weird science fact

A hand-raised wolf puppy might fetch a ball or walk on a lead—but it will never cling to your side the way a Labrador would.