CORVALLIS, Ore. – Author and science journalist Ed Yong will present a free public lecture at Oregon State University on microbes and the people who study them.

His presentation will be from 8 to 9 p.m. on Monday, July 16, in the Austin Auditorium at the LaSells Stewart Center on the OSU campus.

Yong, the first staff science writer in the 160-year history of The Atlantic magazine, is author of "I Contain Multitudes," a book about symbioses: the trillions of microbes in the human body, the abundance of symbioses in the natural world, and the scientists who study these relationships.

He has written for a variety of publications on topics including microbes, animal behavior, science policy, paleontology and reproducibility in science.

Until January 2017, he was the author of the blog Not Exactly Rocket Science, hosted by National Geographic.

Yong also spoke at OSU in May 2017 as part of SPARK: The Year of Arts and Science at OSU, a yearlong celebration of how arts and science ignite innovation.

This year’s presentation is the keynote address of the ninth International Symbiosis Society Congress hosted July 15-20 by the OSU College of Science and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

For accommodations related to disabilities, call 541-737-2402 or email

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