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Well, hello there! Welcome to my first Symbiartic post. My name is Katie, and I write and illustrate a blog called Beatrice the Biologist. The most common question I get is, “Why is it called Beatrice the Biologist if your name is Katie?” A couple reasons:

1) Katie the Biologist has no ring to it.

2) Beatrice is an awesome name.

3) I wanted to write a children’s book called Beatrice the Biologist, so when I started a blog, I recycled the name.

4) I wanted to create a science communication mascot to represent the idea that we are all scientists.

5) Because I love messing with people.



I come from a biology background with a small amount of art training. I’ve taken a few classes here and there, doing stuff like this:

"Visual Biography" in pencil and charcoal 33" x 40"

To explain science, I mix it up by doing short, stand-alone comics as well as long (sometimes rambling), illustrated explanations. I try to find humor in unexpected places and take very few things seriously.


My short comics include things like this:











To see my long-form posts, check out The Horrifying Transformation of a Strawberry Flower, Poop. Magical, magical poop, and Element Recycling.

I’ve also experimented with videos like this one about debating evolution.

Here on Symbiartic, I’ll be translating the latest science news into comics and discussing any and all science art issues and happenings. But, just like I did with my personal blog, I will be experimenting with this new online space and seeing where it goes. Prepare yourself for the weirdness.

Katie McKissick About the Author: Katie McKissick is a former high school biology teacher turned science writer and cartoonist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her first book is called What's in Your Genes. You can find more of work at Follow on Twitter @beatricebiology.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. bugdoc 2:19 pm 02/19/2013

    Welcome, Katie.
    Great drawings and humor. I look forward to seeing much more.

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  2. 2. 2:26 pm 02/19/2013

    wooohoo! Bring the weirdness. I love weird (insert serious face here.)


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  3. 3. Anne Jefferson 2:38 pm 02/19/2013

    Yay, welcome! I’m glad to see you are getting a bigger megaphone for your fun and informative drawings.

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  4. 4. makinaro 2:44 pm 02/19/2013

    Holy crap! Congrats :)

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  5. 5. Bora Zivkovic 2:46 pm 02/19/2013

    Welcome to the family!

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  6. 6. laminda 3:05 pm 02/19/2013

    That Evolution Debate still cracks me up.

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  7. 7. Glendon Mellow 6:50 pm 02/19/2013

    Welcome to Symbiartic Katie!!

    We are the Best SciArt Blog on the Intertubes™.

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  8. 8. Glendon Mellow 6:51 pm 02/19/2013

    Cue the Scientific American scoffing-commenting hipsters*:
    “Cartoons on Scientific American?! Well, I used to read the print magazine BEFORE it devolved into this populist site. Sooo unscientific. Tsk tsk.”

    *You know you peeps are out there. Nuthin’ but love for ya.

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  9. 9. barnesm 7:00 am 02/21/2013

    Excellent, great to see you being shared and seen by others.

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