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
- 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.
- When bird populations shrink, females fly away July 13, 2016In small and shrinking populations of willow warblers, males outnumber females. That’s because girls choose to join bigger groups, a new study finds.
- Beetles that battle make better moms than ones that never fight July 11, 2016Female burying beetles that have to fight before reproducing spend more time caring for offspring than beetles with no fighting experience, a new study finds.
- Lionfish invasion comes to the Mediterranean July 6, 2016Scientists had thought that the Mediterranean was too cold for lionfish to permanently settle there. But now they’ve found a population of the fish off Cyprus.
- Sneaky male fiddler crabs entrap their mates June 30, 2016Some male banana fiddler crabs get a female to mate with them by trapping her in their burrow, a new study finds.