Gina Maranto received her M.A. in fiction from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University in 1980. She is a prize-winning science writer who has covered biomedicine, the environment, and Earth sciences at the national level since 1982. Her articles, opinion pieces, and reviews have appeared in Discover, The Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, The New York Times, and other publications. She is author of Quest for Perfection (1996), a history of attempts to alter birth outcomes and a critique of new reproductive technologies. Since 1998, she has been at the University of Miami, where she currently directs the undergraduate program in Ecosystem Science and Policy (ECS) and coordinates the graduate program in Environmental Science and Policy. She teaches courses in ECS, Women's and Gender Studies, and English Composition, where she is a Senior Lecturer.