I’m a freelance science journalist from Chicago.
Rich literary traditions are as vital to Chicago’s character as are urban green spaces. Growing up in that environment, I learned to write from public school English teachers on the city’s South Side. In the early aughts I was writing and performing spoken word poetry around the city when a professor at Harold Washington College resolved to interest me in life sciences. He succeeded, and I got a B.S. in Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where I studied how urban development affects migratory birds. I spent a few years in research after graduating. In various labs I monitored invasive hybridized plants’ takeover of lakeshore dunes, investigated the spread of hospital-acquired infections, and peered into the brains of finches to find the genetic pathways involved in learning how to sing. I’ve been writing about science, healthcare, and nature since 2013.Follow @jimdaleywrites