Juli Berwald

Oceanographer turned science writer. I often dream of jellyfish.


Marine invertebrates stole my heart on my first snorkel in the Red Sea during college. Hoping to study the ocean forever, I spent seven years building mathematical algorithms to interpret satellite imagery of the ocean, receiving my Ph.D. in ocean science. My husband stole my heart next, and I drifted away from the ocean to Austin, Texas to be with him. Landlocked, I wrote textbooks and popular science articles for National Geographic Magazine, Oceanus, Redbook, and Wired.com before the story of jellyfish led me back to the sea. www.spinelessthebook.com


Austin, Texas



Fun Facts

  • One thing I wish I knew before having kids:

    Everything changes, all the time.

  • The amount of coffee I drink in a day:

    Two cups in the morning and sometimes a booster around 3 PM.

  • My guilty pleasure:

    A glass of white wine and Project Runway.

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