Cathy McGowan Russell

I am Cathy McGowan Russell, weaver of the Epic of Evolution web. I am also a mom, wife, teacher and scientist.

My passion for the Epic of Evolution began in high school and continued as I earned my Ph.D. in microbiology from the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University.  My dissertation was based on my research on gene transfer in the evolution of bacteria. While pursuing my doctorate in microbiology, I also earned a minor in educational technology. I used these skills to collaborate with other scientists, programmers and artists to produce several science education web sites, including the National Science Foundation-sponsored Microbe Zoo and several environmental science web sites.

I love to share the science of evolution. It is for this reason that I am pleased to be a founding member of the International Big History Association which seeks to promote the teaching of Big History, also known as the Epic of Evolution. For years, I have been teaching the Epic of Evolution to adults and children in schools, after-school programs (including Exploring Evolution at the University of Colorado’s Science Discovery), in churches and via this web site, Along with a growing number of people, I share the vision that a person’s purpose, their spirituality, and their religion become more meaningful, more relevant and more empowering in the light of evolution.

My husband, Fly, and I are the delighted parents of our son, Sean. My role as mother has clarified my commitment to work toward creating an environmentally sustainable and joy-filled future. For me, a thriving future depends on understanding of where we came from, how we belong and on an inspiring vision.

When not contemplating evolution , I enjoy playing music with friends,  hiking, conversing, landscaping, and helping others create “Evolution Beads“.  I occasionally lead classes in HeartDance, which is a fusion of dance, weight training, and yoga meant to align body, mind and spirit with a sense of joy.

If you have comments or questions, please contact me.

Cathy McGowan Russell