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Marissa Fessenden

  • Science Journalist & Illustrator

Marissa Fessenden is a freelance science journalist and illustrator. They gravitate toward stories about genes, wildlife and places large and small, as well as times when art gets science-y or science gets artsy. Their work has appeared in Nature, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, The Scientist magazine, online at Spectrum News, the Daily Dot, ScienceNOW, the SETI Institute’s podcast “Big Picture Science,” and other places. They wrote for’s SmartNews and regularly contribute to the site’s “Art Meets Science” series.

Articles by Marissa Fessenden