Andrés Cota Hiriart (Mexico City, 1982) is a zoologist, writer and science educator. A Biology graduate from UNAM with a Master’s in Science Communication from Imperial College, London (on a CONACyT scholarship). Author of the books Fieras Familiares (shortlisted for the Asteroide Books first prize in the Non-fiction category in 2022), Cabeza Ajena (Mohom 2017), El ajolote, biología del anfibio más sobresaliente del mundo (Elephant, 2016) and Faunologías (Festina, 2015). Texts of his have been anthologized in various collections of essays and have appeared in magazines such as Vice, Nexos, Avispero and the Letras libres blog; and he contributes regularly to the Revista de la Universidad and Gatopardo. He has been a fellow of the National Artists’ Network, in the narrative-essay category (2018-2021) and a speaker at TEDx 2019. He currently coordinates the Society of Anonymous Scientists, lectures in Literature at the Escuela Superior de Cine and hosts the radio/podcast programme Masaje Cerebral.