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
- Africa’s poison arrow beetles are key in traditional hunting method February 10, 2016In the Kalahari of Namibia, some San people still hunt with a traditional method — arrows laced with poison taken from beetle larvae.
- Microbes may help bears stay healthy when fat for hibernation February 4, 2016Brown bears fatten up for hibernation without suffering from weight-related problems. A new study shows that their gut microbes may help.
- Purpose of zebra stripes remains a mystery February 2, 2016Zebra stripes don’t help the animals disappear in the vision of predators, a new study finds.
- Feral dogs take a bite out of Andean wildlife January 28, 2016A survey of a remote park in Ecuador finds feral dogs are a problem for many species of native mammals.
- Climate change may be deadly for snowshoe hares January 26, 2016The mismatch between coat color and the landscape can be deadly for a snowshoe hare.
- To catch a meal, a Venus flytrap counts to five January 24, 2016It takes two taps to trigger a Venus flytrap to close. Another three, a new study finds, are needed to turn on genes for producing enzymes.
- Meet the bugs that call your house home January 20, 2016A census of arthropods in human homes finds plenty of diversity — but few pests.
- Whales are full of toxic chemicals January 19, 2016For decades, scientists have been finding troublesome levels of PCBs, mercury and other toxic chemicals in whales and dolphins.