Curriculum Vitae

Amy Georgianna McDermott
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B)
10th floor, Schermerhorn Extension,
Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

A copy of my CV can be found here.


Current Research- Marine Biogeography

In 2013, I joined the research group of Dr. Joshua Drew in The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia. Our lab is broadly interested in the evolution and conservation of marine biodiversity, with an emphasis on fishes of the Indo-West Pacific.

Specifically,  my work centers on the diversity of wrasses (family Labridae) from Papua New Guinea out east to Fiji. I want to know how and why fish disperse across our planet in space and time, how coral reefs have become so ludicrously, gloriously diverse, and how we can change the predominantly exploitative relationship between humans and our environment.

Science Communication

I write for both online and print media. My work has appeared in Natural History Magazine, SeaMonster, and TedEd. I’ve also written for Chaco Shoes.

My blog ReefsRising is published by SciLogs in association with and I am a staff reporter for State of the Planet.  

I am also the founder and Editor in Chief of Hawkmoth, a new digital magazine that combines gorgeous imagery with cool information about the world we live in. We strive to humanize science.