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 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, making web sites and iPhone apps, and helping others create “Evolution Beads“.  I occasionally lead classes in HeartDance, which is a fusion of dance, martial arts, 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