Alumni Spotlights

Macken Murphy (CAS '19)

Macken Murphy

Macken Murphy graduated in 2020 with a dual major in History and Biological Anthropology. He was honored as the student speaker for the 2020 commencement. During his sophomore year at Boston University, Macken launched Species, a “Podcast About Animals.” Each episode examines one type of creature at a time, drawing audiences in the thousands. This past year, Macken has been involved in City Year, in Providence, R.I., where he helps teach science to seventh graders. He continues to produce Species every week and is also working on a book based on his keystone project for Kilachand Honors College. A Boston Bestiary explores the everyday fauna around us that are often overlooked. He is working with an illustrator and hopes the book will be published in 2021. Macken was recently featured in BU Today. He will be pursuing an MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University next year.