Rachel Poliquin is a freelance writer and curator engaged in all things orderly and disorderly in the natural world. She has a doctorate in early modern natural history from the University of British Columbia and a Post-Doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the cultures of taxidermy. She is the author of The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing and Beaver, part of Reaktion Books’ Animal Series. She has written for The New York Times, Science Friday, and The Believer Magazine. Her curatorial works includes “Ravishing Beasts: The Strangely Alluring World of Taxidermy” for the Museum of Vancouver and the permanent vertebrate exhibits for the Beaty Museum of Biodiversity. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.
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