Cara Santa Maria has dedicated her life to improving science literacy by communicating scientific principles across media platforms. A North Texas native, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the west coast, Cara taught biology and psychology courses to university undergraduates and high school students in Texas and New York. Her published research has spanned various topics, including clinical psychological assessment, the neuropsychology of blindness, neuronal cell culture techniques, and computational neurophysiology.
Cara previously worked as a co-host and producer on the Pivot TV nightly live television show, "TakePart Live." Before that, she was the senior science correspondent for The Huffington Post and co-starred in "Hacking The Planet" and "The Truth About Twisters" on The Weather Channel.
She has made appearances on CNN, Fox News, TLC, Current TV, BBC America, G4, SundanceTV, Travel Channel, and Nat Geo WILD.
Cara currently hosts a weekly science podcast called "Talk Nerdy." She is also a regular contributor to "SoCal Connected" on KCET and "TechKnow" on Al Jazeera America.
- University of North TexasNeurobiology, 2007M.S.
- University of North TexasPsychology, 2004B.S.
- City University of New YorkNeuropsychology, 2009Ph.Don't!
- AL Jazeera AmericaCorrespondent, TechKnow, 2013 - present
- KCETReporter, SoCal Connected, 2014 - present
- FreelanceScience Communicator, 2009 - present
- Pivot TVProducer & Co-host, TakePart Live, 2013 - 2014
- The Huffington PostSenior Science Correspondent, 2011 - 2013