Andrés Cota is a zoologist and naturalist who is dedicated to literature and to promoting scientific culture. A biologist from the the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and master in Science Communication from The Imperial College London, he is the author of the books Fieras familiares (2022); El ajolote, biología del anfibio más sobresaliente del mundo (2016); Faunologías, aproximaciones literarias al estudio de los animales inusuales (2015); and the novel Cabeza ajena (2017).

He hosts the radio/podcast Brain Massage (on the air since 2020), for the past five years he has been teaching literature at the Escuela Superior de Cine and is founder and coordinator of the Society of Anonymous Scientists, a cultural initiative that takes science out of its conventional spaces and brings it into contact with the most diverse public possible, encouraging a two-way dialogue between experts and society, through monthly events in bars and cantinas, currently with activities in Mexico City, Colima, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Merida, Oaxaca, Puebla and Tijuana.

He has worked as a screenwriter for film and radio, has taught writing courses and workshops, as well as lectures on popular science. In 2019 he participated as a speaker at TEDxHumboldt, has been a fellow for the Mexican Fonca’s Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, and between 2010 and 2014 he lived intermittently in Berlin, where he worked with the video artistReynold Reynolds. For nearly a decade he directed the UMA (Wildlife Conservation Management Unit) Vida Fría Reproductores, dedicated to the management and reproduction of reptiles and amphibians in captivity.