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Evolutionary biologist, runner, gay. Writings in Slate, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the LA Review of Books, and the Stranger. https://jbyoder.org
A runner turns a corner on a dirt track cutting through green lawn, in the shade of some trees
A runner rounds the south corner of the trail around North Hollywood Park.

I spent the year of shutdown and isolation training for marathons that never happened, with no finish line in sight.

Revisiting some of the first “serious” science fiction I ever read, in our science fictional times

A single alarm clock in focus, amidst a larger collection of clocks
Different people have different daily rhythms — but not necessarily because there’s an evolutionary advantage to it. Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash

Evolutionary biology doesn’t have an explanation for your struggle to start the day early — but we shouldn’t need that explanation in the first place.

Why did LGBT biologists react with skepticism last year when Science published the first modern genomic study of same-sex sexuality?

Photo by Hello I'm Nik 🎞 on Unsplash

Why Hope Jahren’s new ecological manifesto reminded me of a cookbook.

People gather at the base of a gigantic tree, the General Sherman sequoia, taking photos
People gather at the base of a gigantic tree, the General Sherman sequoia, taking photos
The crowd at the base of the General Sherman

For what does it profit a teen if he gains a summer job selling Bibles but loses patience with the faithful?

Woolly_mammoth_(Mammuthus_primigenius)_-_Mauricio_Antón

Jeremy B. Yoder

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