Welcome to the website of Christie Wilcox, Ph.D. Here you can learn more about her dual-sided professional life, including her award-winning science writing, traditional and peer-reviewed publications, and scientific research.
"Reader be warned: Venomous sinks its fangs into you and won’t let go. Christie Wilcox is as remarkable as the hemorrhage-inducing caterpillars and mind-controlling wasps in the pages of her book: a molecular biologist who can write. I’m recommending Venomous to every friend who wonders what venom scientists are so excited about and to every student who asks, 'What is left in nature, for me to discover?'"
―Leslie Boyer, M.D.
Director of the VIPER Institute at the University of Arizona
Wilcox's first non-fiction book, Venomous, reveals that the animals we fear the most actually hold the keys to a deeper understanding of evolution, adaptation, and immunity. Thrilling and surprising at every turn, Venomous will change the way you think about our natural world.
More praise for Venomous:
"Having just been stung by a scorpion while camping in the Mexican desert, I have a renewed interest in venomous creatures. But you don’t need to have been stung or bitten to be utterly captivated by this important and original book. Christie Wilcox has a natural gift for storytelling and she gracefully mixes anecdotes and humor with science and spellbindingly gory details about some of the most feared animals on the planet."
―Mark Carwardine, zoologist
"Christie Wilcox is the perfect guide to the wild and weird world of venomous creatures―a scientist who knows how to tell a vivid story, a story-teller who understands the elegant science of poisons. As a result Venomous succeeds both as an insightful study of the natural world and, equally important, as a fascinating read."
―Deborah Blum, author of The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz-Age New York
"Even at its most sinister, nature can't help but be fascinating, and in Venomous, Christie Wilcox has created a fitting tribute to one of nature’s most sinister creations of all. She not only provides a tour of the venomous world’s most frightening specimens, but she also dives into the astonishing biology underlying their deadly success."
―Carl Zimmer, author of Parasite Rex