Mary Roach is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers; Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, and her latest, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Packing For Mars is a New York Times Editor's Choice and a "One City, One Book" selection for San Francisco. Stiff has been translated into 26 languages and Spook was a New York Times Notable Book. Mary has written for National Geographic, Wired, New Scientist, The New York Times Book Review, The Journal of Clinical Anatomy, and Outside, among others.
She serves as a member of the Mars Institute's Advisory Board and the Usage Panel of American Heritage Dictionary. Her 2009 TED talk made the organization's 2011 Twenty Most-Watched To Date List. She was the guest editor of The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011 and a winner of the American Association of Engineering Societies' Engineering Journalism Award, in a category for which she was the sole entrant.