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Liza Gross is a freelance journalist, senior editor at the journal PLOS Biology, and KQED Science blogger. She writes mostly about wildlife, ecology and environmental health. Her stories—which have taken her to the Pyrenees, the quirky town of Haines, Alaska, and California’s poverty-stricken Central Valley—reflect a lifelong fascination with the natural world and our place in it. She’s written for diverse outlets, including The New York Times, Discover, Scientific American, Slate, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post. Her Discover story Face of Hope won the 2014 Society of Professional Journalists NorCal Excellence in Journalism Award and honorable mention for Reporting on a Significant Topic from ASJA. Her story Don't Jump! for Slate won the 2014 ASJA Outstanding Article Award for op-ed.