Andrew Whalen

Andrew Whalen The Spruce Pets

Andrew is a commerce editor for Treehugger and The Spruce Pet. His writing has appeared on Popular Science, Inverse, Newsweek, and Vice. 


  • Andrew is a horticulturalist in training at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • An experienced backpacker, Andrew has hiked more than 1,000 miles of the Appalachian Trail. 


Andrew has written about new species, pet behavior, what paleontology can tell us about modern biomes, and why sea urchins wear tiny hats. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, where he spends too much time visiting his favorite street trees. Previously a fossil collector, newt keeper and aquarium enthusiast, Andrew now has his hands full with two cats, Church and Wally.


Andrew has an Honors Bachelor in Arts in English from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York and is studying toward a Certificate in Horticulture from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Education: Hamilton College
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Title: Commerce Editor, Environment & Pets

About The Spruce Pets

The Spruce Pets, a Dotdash Meredith brand, is a new kind of pets website offering practical, real-life tips and training advice to help you care for your pet. The Spruce Pets reaches 10 million people each month. Learn more about us, our editorial process, and our commitment to ensuring we are providing you with the most trustworthy veterinarian advice.

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