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
- Kauai’s native forest birds are headed toward extinction September 13, 2016Kauai’s honeycreepers are losing their last refuges from mosquito-borne diseases that are spreading due to climate change. Some could become extinct within a decade.
- As IUCN votes on ivory trade, elephants’ future looks bleak September 9, 2016As the IUCN prepares to debate an end to the ivory trade, two new reports show just how poorly Africa’s elephant species are faring.
- Tail vibrations may have preceded evolution of rattlesnake rattle August 31, 2016The rattle on a rattlesnake evolved just once. A new study contends it may have come out of a common behavior — tail vibration — that snakes use to deter predators.
- 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.