Geetha Iyer is the 2020–2022 Mellon Science Writing Fellow. She has a multidisciplinary background in the arts and sciences and writes fiction, poetry and nonfiction grounded in natural sciences research and migration/displacement narratives. Her research interests include: 1) how globalization and postcolonialism influences the formation of identities in disrupted, interconnected, homogenized, diversified or marginal environments, and 2) how human-nature relationships are informed by our changing understanding of ecology, evolution and environment—particularly in studies of novel ecosystems, cognition across animal taxa and contemporary environmental justice issues.
She has lived the past six years in Panama, where her writing has become focused on disproportionate access to the tangible and intangible wealth of tropical biodiversity.
Areas of Expertise
Creative writing, ecology and environmental sciences, ecocriticism
2014 — Master of Fine Arts from Iowa State University
2010 — Master of Forest Res & Conserv from University of Florida
2007 — Bachelor of Science from University of Michigan