Hello! I'm Danna Staaf; it rhymes with Banana Cough. My author bio below is written in third person, because that's useful for a variety of professional people. Past the bio, you'll find a couple of unprofessionally goofy comics. Something for everyone!

Danna Staaf is a marine biologist, author, and artist. She earned her PhD from Stanford University while studying baby squid at Hopkins Marine Station. Her writing has appeared in Science, Atlas Obscura, and io9, and her first book, Squid Empire: The Rise and Fall of the Cephalopods, was named one of the best science books of the year by NPR's Science Friday. She lives in San Jose, California, with her husband, children, cat, and innumerable plush octopuses. 


As I'm reading on a beanbag chair, a child joins and asks me to read to him. I read an excerpt of An Immense World about parasitic flies, and he is nonplussed. I realize I've become Calvin's Dad.

The comic begins with a conversation in media res. My husband says "Maggots are yummy" which I promise to remember, and he asks me not to take it out of context. I reply, "I'm a journalist, that's what I do." A disclaimer about the value of good journalism follows.