Brendan Bane’s love for science began with a giant, hairy arachnid—a classroom pet that sparked his interest in how living things become wondrous and weird. Studying evolutionary biology later fed his fascination. It also brought a deeper glimpse into all the good science can do, from uncovering our origins to understanding the Earth processes that shape our world. Today, Brendan is proud to share stories from PNNL scientists. He often feels he got the better end of a deal, making a career of calling up researchers and asking, “how does this work?” At PNNL, Brendan covers atmospheric, climate, environmental, and coastal sciences; renewable, fossil, and nuclear energy; and buildings. He is a graduate of the Science Communication Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He still plays with spiders in his downtime. Find Brendan on LinkedIn.