Bennett McIntosh was born and raised in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains, just south of Denver, Colorado. He should probably have known he was bound to write about science and nature since that first poem he wrote about autumn in Mrs. Holderith’s third-grade class. Ignoring the signs, however, he first pursued a career in chemistry, graduating from Princeton with a degree in that subject after a coupleof stints designing and studying proteins in English and Czech labs.

More drawn to stringing words into prose than amino acids into proteins, McIntosh moved to Massachusetts to join MIT’s Graduate Program in Science Writing, from which he graduated in 2017. He has written research stories for universities on both coasts, and his articles have appeared in NOVA Next and Princeton Alumni Weekly. McIntosh currently lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.