Faye Flam starts evolution blog at the Philadelphia Inquirer

April 17, 2011

"Planet of the Apes" blog art: Tony Auth, Philadelphia Inquirer
Faye Flam, longtime science reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a 1988 SciCom graduate, has launched a new blog on evolution, called Planet of the Apes.

"Here we plan to keep up a lively discussion of all issues related to evolution," Flam wrote in her first post. "We’ll be looking into the ways that evolution shapes our dietary needs, our health problems, and our behavior. We’ll discuss the evolution of altruism, cooperation, monogamy and promiscuity. We’ll look at ways the human race is still evolving. We'll also delve into the relationship between science and religion. Sometimes those issues will take is back into our 4 billion years of evolutionary history."

Flam's collaborator on the blog is the Inquirer's Pulitzer Prize–winning artist Tony Auth, whose whimsical illustrations accompany many of the items.

Flam received her B.S. in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology before earning her graduate certificate from the Science Communication Program. She completed internships at The Economist in London and Science News in Washington, D.C., and worked as a staff writer at Science before going to the Inquirer in 1995. She is the author of The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man (Penguin, 2008).