Jason Bittel

Jason Bittel has been contributing to National Geographic News since 2014. He loves finding stories about unusual animals, and has covered everything from purple pig-nosed frogs and polar bear baculums to squirrels that make mushroom jerky and eyeball-eating kelp gulls.

Elsewhere on the weird animal beat, Bittel’s stories have appeared in the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, New Scientist Magazine, onEarth Magazine, and Slate Magazine. He has eaten termite soldiers in South Africa, fished for piranha in the Peruvian Amazon, and once spent a season trapping wild boar for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He was the recipient of a National Geographic Society Young Explorer Grant in 2009.

Bittel holds an undergraduate degree in environmental writing from Allegheny College and a master of fine arts from the University of Pittsburgh. If you see him on the street or, more likely, the internet, feel free to ask him about porcupine coitus.