Hisherwood Photo   Heather Lamb

Heather Isherwood

location-pin Columbia, Missouri

School: University of Missouri - Columbia, 2017

Expertise: Birding, Gardening, Butterflies and Bugs

Heather Isherwood

  • Editor, Where the Birds Are, 2007
  • Professor, University of Missouri, teaching editing classes, 2013-present
  • Reynold’s Journalism Institute fellow, 2022-present


Heather Isherwood is a journalism professor at the University of Missouri. From 2000-2013, she worked with Birds & Blooms in various roles, and she was editor from 2004-2009. She learned much of her bird and gardening knowledge while working with staff experts and through readers’ stories and questions. During that time she also helped launch Birds & Blooms Extra. She’s now part of the Missouri Birding Society and continues to watch and feed birds and tend heat-loving perennials in her Columbia, Missouri, backyard.


Master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri - Columbia

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