The Natural Philosopher began in the fall of 2017 on The University of Vermont's campus. Thanks to two senior undergraduate neuroscience students, Chris Keim and Caleb Winn, The Natural Philosopher set out on a mission to expand scientific literacy in the general population. Ever since, TNP has been devoted to producing high-quality scientific writing and artwork accessible to readers of all educational backgrounds. Scientific literature doesn't just have to be for PhDs!   


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Toby Lanser



Senior Microbiology & Molecular Genetics double major. Involved in research investigating immune cells in and around the brain in the Stevens lab at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Emily Press



Senior English major, concentration in Writing, Independently Designed minor. Formerly Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, involved in plant genetics research at the University of Münster, Germany.

Meet the Editors


Marlena Tyldesley

I'm a Junior Molecular Genetics major involved in research about mothers' immune systems while breastfeeding. I also teach piano and singing lessons and I love to ski!


Reese Green

Senior neuroscience and pure mathematics double major. Research interests include the role of metabolism in neurodegenerative disorders and neural development.  Currently working with the ABCD study group at UVM to investigate the neural and cognitive correlates of diet and exercise in adolescents. Outside of research I love cooking, running, acting in Shakespeare plays and painting!


Maryann Makosiej

Master of Public Health candidate. Involved in research investigating the evolution of antibiotic resistance in the Barlow Lab at UVM. Runner, climber, coffee drinker, and chocolate lover.

Meet the Writers and Artists

Nat Phil Alumni

A special thanks to all of our former contributors!

Loret Haas-Hanser
Jessica Crooker
Charlotte Evans

Avery St. Sauveur

Mykl Ambros
Dan Brooks

Rory Decker

Zach Finzi

Nick Fontaine

Ethan Loo

Lily Marino

Lindsay Aldrich

Corinne Atksinon

Olivia Baccellieri

Kayla Downs

Claire Deckers

Harriet Milligan

Nellie Stidham

Owen Page

Rachel Shnider 

Artur Smiechowiski

Vayl Sorenson 

Michelle Wheater

Joseph Wills

Oraya Zinder 

Riley Forbes

Nick Grubinger

Olivia Hakan

Lizzy Barrish

Ellie Fur

Cai McCann