SCIENCE WRITER AND EDITOR
A former associate editor at Smithsonian magazine, I have more than a decade of experience covering a wide breadth of science from astronomy to zoology for publications including Slate, Scientific American, Science, Discover, Science News and National Geographic News. Now freelance, my blog Wild Things appears at Science News, and I also regularly edit for Science News for Students and National Geographic News.
Winner of the DCSWA 2010 Science News Brief Award and editor of “Where will lightning strike?” by Stephen Ornes, which received the Gold Award for Children’s Science News in the 2015 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards.
Contributing writer in science, specializing in stories in climate change and Earth and environmental science
SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
Regular editor and contributor for a publication aimed at students ages nine through 14
- Chemical behind popcorn’s aroma gives a bearcat its signature scent April 28, 2016Bearcats smell like popcorn. Now scientists now why: The chemical responsible for popcorn’s alluring scent has been found in bearcat pee.
- How animal poop could be key in solving echidna mystery April 26, 2016The western long-beaked echidna hasn’t been seen in Australia in 10,000 years. But DNA in scat could reveal its presence.
- Scientists find a crab party deep in the ocean April 18, 2016A trip to check out the biodiversity off the coast of Panama revealed thousands of crabs swarming on the seafloor.
- New species of tumbleweed is just as bad as its parents April 12, 2016Two species of invasive tumbleweeds hybridized into a third. A new study finds it probably will be invasive, too.
- A sperm whale’s head is built for ramming April 8, 2016Computer simulations of a sperm whale’s head show that an organ called the junk may help protect the brain when ramming other whales — or ships.
- Mama birds pay attention to more than chicks’ begging April 6, 2016Whether a mama bird decides to feed her offspring depends on more than just who begs most — her environment is a big factor, a new study finds.
- In the Coral Triangle, clownfish figured out how to share April 1, 2016In the Coral Triangle in Southeast Asia, an area of rich biodiversity, clownfish species often share anemones, a new study finds.
- Why some male hyenas leave and others are content to stay home March 28, 2016Having access to enough females, and a mom to help, can keep a male hyena from leaving his clan.