From most recent to way back, here's a calendar of my speaking events. Some are recorded and others were in-the-moment only. Hoping to catch you live (best-case) or virtually some time soon!

Amazing art by Ami Paesse of @GonzoViz

December 11, 2020
Billed as TED's scrappy cousin, I'm honored to have been invited to speak at Austin's Creative Mornings meeting. The theme: Biophilia

November 12, 2020
Cal Academy of Sciences Nightschool invited me to their jellyfish party!

November 11, 2020
Texas Book Festival goes virtual! And I get to speak with Jennifer Ackerman and Carl Safina about their new books, which explore how much more alike we vertebrates are than we ever thought. Join us for a conversation about birds, whales, monkeys and more!




October 14, 2020
Delighted to join Katharine Hayhoe, Julie Oliver, and Louisa McDaniel, moderated by Martin Leucke of the Windsor Park Climate Crisis Committee, to talk about climate change and what we need to do now to support the health of our planet.

Climate ConversationJune 2, 2020
Was a complete blast to speak to Kara Grace Muzia about the winding pathway of my career for her wonderful, wide-ranging podcast So You Want to Be a Marine Biologist.

April 30, 2020
Tune in to Instagram at noon for a Texas Book Festival Literary Lunch Break. I'll be speaking with Russell Gold, journalist and author of the brilliant book Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy. I plan to ask him a question he asked on Twitter: What do you say when the market gives you free oil? Answer: No tanks!

April 7, 2020
I taught a quaran-class on creative science writing for a group of really terrific students at the Young Scientist Academy. Thanks to jellyfish scientist Rob Condon for the invitation!

March 8, 2020
Bookwoman in Austin, as part of an unbelievable lineup for the International Woman's Day Extravaganza. I'll be reading coral works for the first time.

January 23 and 25, 2020
I'll be in Georgia, home of the largest jellyfishery in the US, for Augusta College's Literary Augusta, with a stop at the Columbia County Library.

October 26, 2019
Texas Book Festival! I'll be speaking two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Gilbert Gaul about climate change and risk (recorded here on CSPAN's Book-TV at the Texas Book Festival) and with Catherine Chung and Karen Olson about women and math. We need more of all of both of these kinds of conversations.

April 7, 2019
I have the honor of giving the 9th Environmental Science Program Guest Lecture at the amazing Rochester Community & Technical College in the place of my birth.

February 26, 2019
Book Tips and Sips. I get to talk with Texas Book Festival's Julie Wernersbach about books at Prohibition Creamers! Come have fancy cocktails.

February 5, 2019
Join me at the actual magnificent Writing Barn for a benefit for Women for Women International called Words with Wine. I'll be reading letters from women in countries recovering from war and their journeys to social and economic empowerment.

February 3, 2019
I'm trying my hand at my first online class at the magnificent Writing Barn. Join us from 2 to 5 before the Superbowl to talk about Science as Metaphor and Motivation.


January 26, 2019
Austin Public Library St. John Branch. What could be more fun than a jellyfish and narwahl party - with waffles, of course!

January 13, 2019
San Antonio Jewish Book Festival. Such a joy to visit my neighbor to the south. (Though we have better tacos!)

November 13, 2018
Friends of the Round Rock Library Literary Locals with a whole slew of fabulous Austin-area authors.

November 12, 2018
St. Louis Jewish Book Festival I'm beyond thrilled I get to take part in one of the oldest and best Jewish Book Fairs around. I remember seeing Chiam Potok there as a kid.

November 7, 2018
Book Lover's Luncheon at the Austin Jewish Book Fair This is a big deal for me. I think the seeds that I might one day be able to write a book started when I volunteered for the AJBF over a decade ago. And wow!! the centerpieces!

November 5, 2018
Detroit Jewish Book Festival at 11 am The mother of all Jewish Book Fairs. Honored to take part.

October 27, 2018
Texas Book Festival at 2:30 in Capitol Extension. Honored to be interviewing Sy Montgomery about her delightful new memoir in 13 animals: How to Be a Good Creature

October 20, 2018
Oklahoma Book Festival at 1 pm. In the boathouse, appropriately!

September 22, 2018
ATXSciWri Collaborative Workshop: Bridging the Space Between the Lab and the Press Come to this one if you're a science communicator. I'm thrilled to have the chance to share great conversations about scientists and writers with Susan Hovorka and Marc Airhart, both from UT.

September 3, 2018
Such a joy to take part in the Tumble Podcast Live Splash Jam!! If you've got kids, you can subscribe here for loads more science fun from the brilliant people at Tumble.

September 1, 2018
THE National Book Festival!!! In conversation with the one, the only, the fabulous Sy Montgomery!! Washington, D.C.

May 24, 2018
Austin Public Library. In conversation with Jack Davis who wrote the extraordinary, Pulitzer Prize-winning The Gulf.

May 23, 2018
Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, New Jersey.

May 21, 2018
My East Coast debut! Astoria Bookshop in Queens, NY

May 17, 2018
Thinkery 21. Come for the Tito's and the Drunk Goggles; stay for the demo of jellyfish swimming. There will be jetting! (Austin,TX)

April 7, 2018
I'm really looking forward to being part of San Antonio's Book Festival! Join us at 11 am.

March 9, 2018
7 pm at Malvern Books. So thrilled to be part of the Borderless series on art, action, and justice. Because what's more borderless than the seas? (Austin, TX)

February 16, 2018
AAAS comes to Austin! I'll be doing a reading at 4:30 and hosting a meet and greet at 2:30 in UT's Austin Lounge. Stop by!

February 21, 2018

Speed Spineless at Pecha Kucha Austin. My speed-talk starts at about 51:00.

January 24, 2018
Chevaliers Books at 7 pm. Here I come Hollywood? Delighted to have the chance to speak about jellyfish at this lovely bookstore in the heart of LA! (Los Angeles, CA)

January 24, 2018
12 pm at University of Southern California. Back where I defended my dissertation, I'll have the chance to go to the podium once again. (Los Angeles, CA)

January 22, 2018
Eliot Bay Book Company. Along with talking jellies at this terrific book store, I'm hoping to get a jellyfish in the foam of my latte while I'm in coffee country! (Seattle, WA)

January 21, 2018
Powells Bookstore. The mother ship! So excited to be able to talk about Spineless at this most iconic bookstore. (Portland, OR)

January 9, 2018
Stanford University at 7 pm. This is going to be EPIC! And how freaking cool is this event poster?

January 8, 2018
Bookshop Santa Cruz at 7 pm. Thrilled to travel to the other weirdest bookstore in the world to talk Spineless.


January 6, 2018
San Francisco JCC at 6 pm. Science on the Screen features the gorgeous movie Ponyo and we'll talk about the way jellyfish are depicted on film. You can buy tickets here!

November 21, 2017
Left Bank Books at 7 pm. Bringing the jellyfish back to my home town! (St. Louis, MO)

November 18th, 2017
Science Mill at 2 pm. I'm so excited to talk jellyfish in the hill country where they used to swim 50-odd million years ago. (Johnson City, TX)

November 14, 2017
Interabang Books at 7 pm. Help Keith and me celebrate our wedding anniversary (really!) with some jellyfish stories in Cowtown. (Dallas, TX)

November 9, 2017

Book People Book Launch at 7 pm! Come for the Electric Jellyfish IPA and stay for the jellyfish trivia - there will be prizes! (Austin, TX)

November 4, 2017
Texas Book Festival! I'll be talking at 1 pm with polar scientist Peter Wadhams and geneticist Spencer Wells in the CSPAN/Book TV Tent about climate change, ice, jellyfish, and what the future holds. (Austin, TX)

November 6, 2016
Texas Book Festival! C-SPAN Book Discussion "Key to Conservation" with Jane Alexander and Miriam Horn (Austin, TX)

October 27, 2013
Texas Book Festival! C-SPAN Book Discussion with Alan Weisman, "Countdown"

October 16, 2010
Texas Book Festival! C-SPAN Book Discussion with Molly Caldwell Crosby and Rebecca Skloot, "Humanizing Medical Mysteries"