SCIENCE WRITER AND EDITOR
I am the managing editor for Science News for Students and write the blog Wild Things at Science News magazine. I am a former associate editor from Smithsonian magazine and 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.
SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS
Regular editor and contributor for a publication aimed at students ages nine through 14
- These spiders crossed an ocean to get to Australia August 15, 2017The nearest relatives of an Australian trapdoor spider live in Africa. They crossed the Indian Ocean to get to Australia, a new study suggests.
- One creature’s meal is another’s pain in the butt August 4, 2017Kelp and dolphin gulls in Patagonia have found a new food source. But they accidentally injure fur seal pups to get it.
- Fire ants build towers with three simple rules July 21, 2017Fire ants use the same set of simple rules to produce static rafts and perpetually moving towers.
- Drowned wildebeests can feed a river ecosystem for years June 27, 2017Only a small percentage of wildebeests drown as they cross the Mara River, but they provide resources for the river ecosystem for years after their deaths.
- Sooty terns’ migration takes the birds into the path of hurricanes June 2, 2017Sooty terns migrate south from southern Florida and back again. The track sometimes takes the birds into the path of hurricanes, a new study finds.
- Why create a model of mammal defecation? Because everyone poops May 11, 2017Mammals that defecate in the same fashion as humans all excrete waste within the same time frame, no matter their size, a new study finds.
- How a dolphin eats an octopus without dying April 25, 2017An octopus’s tentacles can kill a dolphin — or a human — when eaten alive. But wily dolphins in Australia have figured out how to do this safely.
- Improbable ‘black swan’ events can devastate animal populations April 17, 2017Conservation managers should take a note from the world of investments and pay attention to “black swan” events, a new study posits.