Nadia Drake is an American science journalist and contributing writer at National Geographic.

Nadia Meghann Drake
Born (1980-07-06) July 6, 1980 (age 42)
Alma materUniversity of California, Santa Cruz,
Cornell University
OccupationScience journalist

Early life and educationEdit

By 2002 Drake had earned an A.B. in biology, psychology, and dance at Cornell University,[1]

She returned to Cornell for her Ph.D. in genetics and developmental biology in 2009.[1] Her Ph.D. thesis is entitled Phenotypic consequences of imprinting perturbations at Rasgrf1 in mouse.[2]

In 2011 she graduated from the University of California's Science Communication program at the Santa Cruz campus, with a Master of Science degree.[citation needed]


Drake worked in a clinical genetics lab at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine while she was studying her Ph.D. in Genetics.[3]

During her residence at the UCSC's SciCom program, she was a reporting intern for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, San Jose's The Mercury News, and Nature.[citation needed]

Afterwards she moved to Washington, D.C. for an internship at Science News, which turned into a job as the magazine's astronomy reporter.[citation needed]

Drake then returned to the San Francisco Bay Area for a science reporting job at WIRED.[citation needed]

She is now a freelance contributor to The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, WIRED, and other publications, in addition to her regular column at National Geographic.[citation needed]


Drake is the author of Little Book of Wonders: Celebrating the Gifts of the Natural World (National Geographic Books, 2016).[citation needed]

Awards and honoursEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Drake is daughter of SETI's pioneer Frank Drake and Amahl Drake (née Shakhashiri).[6]


  1. ^ a b Nadia Drake '11 joins National Geographic "Phenomena" blog, University of California, Santa Cruz Science Communication Program, April 8, 2014, retrieved November 20, 2017
  2. ^ Drake, Nadia Meghann (2010). "Phenotypic consequences of imprinting perturbations at Rasgrf1 in mouse". Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University. (See Ras superfamily and Ras-GRF1.)
  3. ^ Zimmer, Carl (March 10, 2014). "Please Welcome Nadia Drake | the Newest Member of Phenomena". Archived from the original on May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  4. ^ Reddy, Vishnu. "AAS Division For Planetary Sciences Announces 2016 Prize Winners". Division for Planetary Sciences. American Astronomical Society. Retrieved May 22, 2021.
  5. ^ "The David N. Schramm Award for High Energy Astrophysics Science Journalism | High Energy Astrophysics Division". Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  6. ^ "Frank Drake obituary". the Guardian. 2022-10-13. Retrieved 2022-11-06.

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