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
- The weird mating habits of daddy longlegs August 22, 2016Scientists studying the sex lives of daddy longlegs are finding there’s a lot of diversity among this group of arachnids.
- Lizard mom’s microbiome may protect her eggs August 16, 2016Striped plateau lizard moms don’t do any parenting beyond laying eggs. But they may convey protection from pathogens with help from their microbiome.
- Capybaras may be poised to be Florida’s next invasive rodent August 12, 2016Some capybaras have escaped their owners in Florida. Others have been set loose. Now there are fears the giant rodents could become established in the state.
- Bird-friendly yards have a major downside — for birds August 3, 2016Vegetation and feeders bring birds into our yards. But those lures also bring more birds to collide with the windows in our homes.
- Pup kidnapping has a happy ending when a seal gets two moms July 29, 2016A female fur seal kidnapped another seal’s pup. But this turned out to be a positive the young seal, scientists found.
- Sea ice algae drive the Arctic food web July 26, 2016Even organisms that don’t depend on sea ice depend on sea ice algae, a new study finds. But Arctic sea ice is disappearing.
- Tiny ants move a ton of soil July 20, 2016For the first time, scientists have quantified how much soil ants move underground.
- For jaguars, armored prey is no obstacle July 15, 2016With big heads, thick teeth and strong muscles, jaguars have evolved to take on dangerous prey, often animals covered with thick armor.