Rosemary Mosco

Science Communicator & Naturalist

A science communicator, Rosemary creates cartoons, graphics, stories, and field walks that connect people with the natural world.

Her work has been featured by Boing Boing, IFLS, Audubon, Upworthy, io9, Science News, The Huffington Post, It’s Okay to be Smart, The Mary Sue, The Times of India, Laughing Squid, and more, and was the subject of an award-winning museum exhibit. Find interviews with her on The NWF’s blog, Mother Nature Network, and The Birdist.

She’s a graduate of UVM’s Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Program. Her favorite glacial landform is the esker.

Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz.

Online Comics & Science Art

Bird and Moon Comics & Charts

These comics and diagrams share the funny side of nature and discuss environmental issues. They were part of an exhibit of STEAM comics at AAAS headquarters. Find merchandise for sale through TopatoCo.

Wild City Comics

Rosemary co-created this weekly comic about urban ecology with author and illustrator Maris Wicks. They’ll tell you how cicadas make noise and why sparrows roll in dirt. They feature the work of researchers, including those studying owls in Australia and agoutis in Brazil.

Other Work

Rosemary has created infographics, logos, stickers, tshirts, a cover for Nature Ecology & Evolution, and more. She contributed comics to The Nib and made Wild Toronto, a strip about city nature, for Torontoist. She has made games (eg. a poison ivy ID quiz and a game about albatross conservation).

Books & Articles

Birding Is My Favorite Video Game

A full-color collection of Bird and Moon comics throughout the years, including rarities and an index to the species featured! It’s out through Andrews McMeel on April 17, 2018.

Solar Systems

This is a book about science, adventure, and finding your place in the vastness of space. It’s a graphic novel for First Second Books, out on Sept 18, 2018, with art by Jon Chad. Ages 9-12.

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From 2014-2016 Rosemary coordinated, edited, and wrote for Mass Audubon’s quarterly publication Connections. She also wrote for Mass Audubon’s Your Great Outdoors blog.

Other Work

She’s written articles for Audubon and Mental_Floss and contributed to the kids’ science book Great Adaptations.

Walks & Talks

Rosemary has led field walks for adult audiences on all sorts of topics, from urban botany to herpetofauna to the field characteristics of bacteria. She gives talks on comics and nature, including Ithaca College’s 2013 CP Snow Annual Lecture, and once served as a judge for a festival of bad ad-hoc hypotheses, BAHFest East.

When she’s not writing, she’s out in the field doing some amateur nature photography and trying not to feed the mosquitoes.