I’m the resident weird question answerer at mentalfloss.com, where I cover science, history, etymology and Bruce Springsteen. I’ve also written about pig fat, poisonous newts, animal cognition, birth control and how to dissolve a Nobel Prize for Mental Floss, Men’s Health, scientificamerican.com, Philadelphia Weekly and Chemical Heritage. I tweet as @flossymatt and live in Philadelphia with my girlfriend and two cats.
The blog at MattSoniak.com is about new research on animal behavior and communication, with a strong focus on relationships between predators and prey, and the weapons and defenses of nonhuman animals.
Why write about predators? One reason is a fondness for blood and guts, and writing about predators is sometimes like telling real-life monster stories. Another reason – which Robinson Jeffers beautifully summed up in the line, “What but the wolf’s tooth whittled so fine the fleet limbs of the antelope?” – is that predators are major ecological movers and shakers. I think that’s something they don’t get a whole lot of respect for, especially when the average person might see them as meanies that eat all the cute cuddly animals.