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Macken Murphy is a GRS-funded scientist at the University of Melbourne. His public works on evolution have been praised by the BBC, the CBC, Booklist, Apple, the Press Association, and The New York Times, among others. Macken spoke for his class at BU's 2020 commencement, where he graduated magna cum laude as a Trustee Scholar from Kilachand Honors College, and completed an MSc at Oxford with the highest possible mark. He received an RI Civic Leadership Award for his volunteer work and a Segal Award for his service in the Americorps. Before academia, Macken was an amateur boxer, winning a New England championship by first-round KO and competing in the Golden Gloves twice.

Macken Murphy in Oxford

" Macken Murphy is able to condense vast chunks of information into engaging and digestible episodes."

—The New York Times





Species is a podcast about animals, including humans. It is one of the most popular science podcasts in the world, with listeners in over 150 countries and endorsements from The New York Times, the BBC, the CBC, and Apple, among others. It is one of the only shows in the top 0.5% of podcasts that is funded entirely by the generosity of donors; no paywalls, no advertisements. Thank you so much for your support.

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Human Evolution is an audio course that tells the human story in all its wonder. It has ranked among Listenable's most popular courses since its publication last year. Listen and learn all about our peculiar lack of body hair, opposable thumbs, bipedalism, and, of course, our big brains. 

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Animal Sidekicks is a children's book about symbiosis, available in bookstores across the US and UK. Written with an accessible, humorous tone and full of fun facts, it received praise from Booklist and was named Children's Book of the Week by The Herald. A perfect gift for children who love animals.



Macken is available for interviews, especially on topics relevant to human behavioral biology and evolution, and he is accepting animal suggestions for his show, Species

He is easily reached for these and other matters on Twitter, @MackenMurphy, or by using the form below.

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