Scott Gast

Scott Gast


Phone: 773-702-0162


Subjects: Environmental studies; conservation; natural history; ecology; evolution; animal behavior
Series: Convening Science: Discovery at the Marine Biological LaboratorySummits: Environmental Science, Law, and Policy


I acquire manuscripts about science and the natural world, with a particular interest in accessible writing that explores its subject through a strong narrative and a sense of imagination. Books that ask big questions and provide readers with an immersive experience – whether written by scientists, journalists, conservation practitioners, or independent writers and thinkers – are among my favorites. I also seek books useful to teachers and researchers across the life sciences, including behavioral ecology, marine biology, primatology, botany, and paleobiology. I joined the Press in 2018, after nearly a decade as an editor at Orion, a general interest magazine about the relationship between humans and the environment, broadly construed; stories I edited there received Pushcart Prizes and the Science in Society Journalism Award, and were reprinted widely, including in numerous editions of The Best American Science and Nature Writing Anthology.

Recent and forthcoming highlights from Chicago's life sciences program: How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution, by Lee Dugatkin; The Oldest Living Things in the World, by Rachel Sussman; How Animals Grieve, by Barbara J. King; The Future of Conservation in America, by Gary E. Machlis and Jonathan B. Jarvis; Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean, by Lisa-ann Gershwin; Monkeytalk: Inside the Worlds and Minds of Primates, by Julia Fischer; Dinner with Darwin: Food, Drink, and Evolution, by Jonathan Silvertown; and RisingTideFallingStar: In Search of the Soul of the Sea, by Philip Hoare.


I'm grateful for the collaboration of Michaela Luckey, Editorial Associate. We welcome inquiries from literary agents, established authors, and first-time writers.


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