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
- Bacteria make male lacewings disappear June 24, 2016Scientists have tracked down why some green lacewings in Japan produce only female offspring: Bacteria kill off all the males early in life.
- Three-toed sloths are even more slothful than two-toed sloths June 20, 2016The three-toed sloth Bradypus variegatus has the lowest field metabolic rate ever recorded, a new study finds.
- That ‘Dory’ for sale may have been poisoned with cyanide June 16, 2016Preliminary results from a new study show that over half of aquarium fish sold in the United States may have been caught with cyanide.
- For harbor porpoises, the ocean is a 24-hour buffet June 12, 2016Scientists tagged harbor porpoises with monitoring equipment and found that the small cetaceans eat thousands of fish throughout the day.
- Electric eels play defense with a mighty leap June 9, 2016A biologist finds evidence that a 200-year-old report of electric eels attacking horses may be true.
- Maximum size of giant squid remains a mystery June 3, 2016A scientist has come up with a new estimate of the maximum size of giant squid. He says the animals could be as long as two public buses.
- Animals get safe spots to cross the road — and car collisions drop May 31, 2016Over- and underpasses built for wildlife in Wyoming proved a success for both the animals and the humans traveling the roads.
- 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.