About the DNA Files

Elizabeth Culotta

2007 Series

Elizabeth Culotta is a contributing news editor at Science magazine, where she has edited and written stories on human evolution and biology for 15 years. Her recent projects have explored ancient DNA, the first cities, the evolution of language, and the nature of social intelligence.

Elizabeth earned geology degrees at Yale and the University of Michigan but then moved into journalism. Before writing for Science, she was the science reporter at The Milwaukee Journal newspaper and wrote for the children’s magazine ScienceWorld. She has been a commentator for her local NPR station and taught feature and magazine writing at Kent State University. Stories she has written or edited have won national awards including the American Association for the Advancement of Science journalism award and media awards from the American Psychological Association and the Education Writers Association. She lives with her husband and son in Kent, Ohio.