About

Hi, I’m Genevive Bjorn, a freelance science journalist and regular contributor to Nature Medicine. My work has appeared in The New York Times, Science, Nature, Dog Fancy, and Hana Hou!, the in-flight magazine of Hawaiian Airlines. I author two popular websites: “3 Minute Vacation” about Hawaii, and TheDailySmell.com dedicated to the sense of smell.

My first job as a writer was with an astronomical observatory based in Hilo, Hawaii. My first freelance reporting assignment was for The Haleakala Times, an independent newspaper based in Maui. I earned a Master’s degree in biomedical sciences from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor’s degree in biology and anthropology from Boston University. I was born in southern California, and after living most of her life in Hawaii. I relocated to San Diego in 2010. I enjoy cooking, gardening, hiking with my dogs, photography, reading, surfing and stargazing.

About 18 months ago, my sense of smell got better, a whole lot better. To describe it as a super power is not an exaggeration. The back story can be found in my essay, entitled “The Night My Liver Started Running My Life,” published October 19, 2010, in the New York Times Science Times. The stories told here on The Daily Smell are true as reported by my alter-ego super sniffer the Scentinelle, gifted with a super secret power does all the heavy sniffing.

Follow our lively Facebook page about all things olfaction. If you have a keen sense of smell, or know someone who does, and want to share your olfactory adventures, you are invited to join our Facebook group Super Sniffers.

Special thanks to Luana Coonen for her creative inspiration naming this site.

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