Olivia P. Judson (born 1970) is an evolutionary biologist and science writer.
Judson, who is the daughter of science historian Horace Freeland Judson, was a pupil of W.D. Hamilton. She graduated from Stanford University and gained a doctorate from Oxford. Beginning in 1995 she worked for two years as a science writer for The Economist. In 1997, she wrote an Economist article named "Sex Is War!" which was awarded the Glaxo Wellcome Prize by the British Science Writers Association. She later joined Imperial College, London, where she is now an honorary research fellow.
Her first book, Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation (2002), grew out of that article. Written in the style of a sex-advice column to animals, the book details the variety of sexual practices in the natural world and provides the reader with an overview of the evolutionary biology of sex. The book was praised by critics as being witty and engaging, without compromising its scientific integrity. It became an international best-seller and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2003.
Judson has also worked as a television presenter. In 2004 she played Dr Tatiana in an adaptation of her book; the series was produced by Wag TV and EPI Productions for Channel 4 and Discovery Canada. In 2007 she co-presented Animal Farm with Giles Coren; the series, which explored genetic modification and pharming, was produced by Lion Television for Channel 4.
In January 2008, Judson began writing a weekly blog on evolutionary biology, titled "The Wild Side", for The New York Times website. For the first half of 2009, guest bloggers filled in for Judson while she worked on a new book, Dinosaur Eggs for Breakfast, and she has been on a year-long "sabbatical" from blogging since June 29 2010.
- Swire, J.; Judson, O. P.; Burt, A. (2005). "Mitochondrial Genetic Codes Evolve to Match Amino Acid Requirements of Proteins". Journal of Molecular Evolution 60 (1): 128–139. doi:10.1007/s00239-004-0077-9. PMID 15696375.
- Judson, O.; Normark, B. (2000). "Evolutionary genetics. Sinless originals". Science 288 (5469): 1185–1186. doi:10.1126/science.288.5469.1185. PMID 10841738.
- Judson, O.; Haydon, D. (1999). "The genetic code: What is it good for? An analysis of the effects of selection pressures on genetic codes". Journal of molecular evolution 49 (5): 539–550. doi:10.1007/PL00006575. PMID 10552035.
- Judson, O.; Normark, B. (1996). "Reply from o.p. Judson and B.B. Normark". Trends in ecology & evolution 11 (7): 297. doi:10.1016/0169-5347(96)81124-4. PMID 21237850.
- Judson, O.; Normark, B. (1996). "Ancient asexual scandals". Trends in ecology & evolution 11 (2): 41–46. doi:10.1016/0169-5347(96)81040-8. PMID 21237759.
- Judson, O. P. (1994). "Killing the sex ratio". Nature 372 (6506): 503–504. doi:10.1038/372503a0. PMID 7990919.
- Judson, O. (1994). "Reply from O. Judson". Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9 (8): 299–300. doi:10.1016/0169-5347(94)90038-8. PMID 21236862.
- Judson, O. P. (1994). "The rise of the individual-based model in ecology". Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9 (1): 9–14. doi:10.1016/0169-5347(94)90225-9. PMID 21236754.
- Judson, O. P. (1993). "Towards healthier infertility". Nature 365 (6441): 15–16. doi:10.1038/365015a0. PMID 8361530.
- Judson, O. (1992). "Born to it". Nature 357 (6378): 433–433. doi:10.1038/357433d0. PMID 1520395.
- Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex (2002), Henry Holt, ISBN 0-8050-6331-5
- Dinosaur Eggs for Breakfast, forthcoming, John Murray, ISBN 0-7195-2180-7
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- The Wild Side Judson's New York Times blog on Evolutionary Biology
- Website for "Dr Tatiana" book and 2005 TV show
- Review of Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation from The Daily Telegraph
- Judson's page in Current Biography Illustrated
- Dr Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation at the Internet Movie Database
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