I have been blogging at various outlets since 2008 when I was an editor at Smithsonian magazine and founded the now-defunct blog Surprising Science. My latest blog is Wild Things, about the weird and wonderful side of the natural world, which is part of the Science News blog network.

Here are some of my favorite blog posts from the past:

Rare Earth Elements Not Rare, Just Playing Hard to Get (winner of the DCSWA 2010 Science News Brief Award), Surprising Science

Kauai’s native forest birds are headed toward extinction, Wild Things

Fog ferries mercury from ocean to land animals, Wild Things

Children’s classic ‘Watership Down’ is based on real science, Wild Things

Could the dinos of ‘Jurassic World’ become invasive?, Wild Things

The dinosaurs in the backyard, Wild Things

Protecting wildlife with legal hunting is a complicated issue, Wild Things

The giraffes that sailed to medieval China, Wild Things

A Parrot Passes the Marshmallow Test, Slate‘s animal blog

Save the Ugly Animals! Slate‘s animal blog

Brewers Prepare Beer For The End Of The World, Mayan Or Otherwise, NPR’s The Salt