Nadia Drake is a contributing writer at National Geographic, where she writes for the magazine and news site, and covers everything from planets to animals to emerging jungle tribes. Before that, she was a science reporter at Wired, and before that, she was the astronomy reporter at Science News. She also holds a PhD in genetics from Cornell University and a certificate in science communication from UC-Santa Cruz. Her byline has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, and BBC Earth, among others. Nadia frequently hits the road in search of stories and has reported from the jungles of Peru and Indonesian Borneo, Mars-on-Earth, a flying telescope, the deserts of the Middle East, and the shrinking, slumping glaciers at Mt. Kilimanjaro's summit. She loves spiders and her favorite moon is Iapetus.