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
- Counting cats is hard, but we know the numbers aren’t good May 27, 2016Recent studies highlight the difficulty of counting big cats, but even imperfect counts show that these species are in trouble.
- For baby sea turtles, it helps to have a lot of siblings May 23, 2016After hatching, baby sea turtles must dig themselves out of their nest. This requires less energy if there are lots of siblings, a new study finds.
- These mystery mounds are actually giant piles of earthworm poop May 20, 2016The grassy mounds that dot a watery landscape in South America are created by giant earthworms, a new study finds.
- The bizarre mating ritual of a bee parasite May 18, 2016Stylops ovinae insects — parasites found in mining bees — have short lives filled with trauma.
- Vultures are vulnerable to extinction May 11, 2016Life history makes vultures more vulnerable to extinction than other birds, a new study finds, but humankind’s poisons are helping them to their end.
- Crocodile eyes are optimized for lurking May 6, 2016Crocodiles hang out at the water’s surface, waiting for a meal. A new study shows their eyes are optimized for spotting their prey from this position.
- Cause of mass starfish die-offs is still a mystery May 5, 2016Sea stars off the U.S. west coast started dying off en masse in 2013. Scientists are still struggling to figure out the cause.
- 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.