Rita Ponce, Ph.D.

Rita Ponce, MS, PhD is a freelance science writer and fact-checker. As a researcher in evolutionary genetics, she has studied fruit flies, parasitoid wasps, mites, and bacterial species. She developed her thesis on the evolution of a novel gene in the fruit fly as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. She also has a Master’s degree in science communication. She has contributed science news, features, and profiles to newspapers and science news portals.