An ecologist and author, Dr. Karin Gastreich serves as Chair of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences at Avila University.

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Karin Gastreich is a recipient of the OZMA Award for fantasy fiction and the Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency, as well as a winner of the Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest. Her women-centered fantasy trilogy, including Eolyn, Sword of Shadows, and Daughter of Aithne, has been favorably reviewed by top editorial magazines such as Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, 69 Flavors of Paranoia, and World Jumping. She donates all royalties from book sales to charitable organizations. (Find out more about Karin’s donations.)

Dr. Karin Gastreich earned a B.S. in Biology at Rice University and a Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Texas at Austin. She has conducted research in animal behavior, community ecology, plant-insect interactions, and biodiversity conservation. She also engages in interdisciplinary work exploring the interface between literary and scientific modes of inquiry.

Dr. Gastreich lived for many years in Costa Rica, where she served as Director of the Undergraduate Semester Abroad Program for Duke University and the Organization for Tropical Studies. After completing her tenure at Duke/OTS, she accepted a faculty appointment at Avila University, returning to the greater Kansas City area where she grew up. She is now Professor of Biology and Chair of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, where she enjoys sharing her love of science and literature with all her students.