Abby McBride is a sketch biologist and Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellow. She has a biology degree, a science writing degree, and a tendency to wander around outside with a sketchbook. Like some sort of 21st-century Victorian naturalist, she explores the species and landscapes of the world, looking for insight into their past, present, and future. She shares her sketches and stories through digital platforms, print publications, presentations, workshops, and exhibitions.

Photo by Edin Whitehead


After studying biology at 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 Galapagos 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 graduate degree in science writing, 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. Recently back from a year of sketching seabirds in New Zealand, she's now sketchbiologizing on the coast of Maine.

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