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10 December 2014
How cool is this: Ants keep our cities clean!
Think ants are a pest? Think again. They're more like mini-sanitation workers, helping to keep our cities clean and disease-free. Find out more at Tiny—but mighty—cleanup crews.
17 October 2014
How people have been shaping the Earth
Psst! Did you know? Humans are now the biggest driving force shaping the planet. So much so that scientists are considering renaming our current time period to reflect that influence. Check out more in my latest Science News for Students feature How people have been shaping the Earth.
2 September 2014
Ready for a brain remodel? Learn something new!
Scientists are learning all kinds of fascinating things about how our brains change as we learn. Find out more in my latest Science News for Students feature, Learning rewires the brain.
28 August 2014
Saving the world's favorite fruit
It's been a busy summer and fall is right around the corner. As kids head back to school with nutritious lunches in tow, check out my latest story on how scientists are helping to save the world's most popular fruit: the banana! Saving the banana.
8 April 2014
Spring is here!
Days are getting longer (and warmer) and it's time to come out of hibernation. Check out the May issue of Highlights for "Champions of Hibernation," my story about fat dormice. They hibernate for 7-8 months each year, packing on the pounds—er, ounces before heading back into their nests for the winter (and fall and spring). I must say, they are quite possibly the most adorable critters on the planet. I also have "Pollinator Gardening" in the spring issue of Trail Tales—just in time to head outside and dig in the dirt!
26 February 2014
School visit fun
Thanks to the fourth grade students at Castelar Elementary School for a terrific school visit! You were a wonderful audience and asked great questions. So glad I could be part of your non-fiction writing project!
27 January 2014
I'm now contributing short news stories ("snapshots") to the Science News for Students site! I won't be linking to them all here (they're short and sweet and there might be a lot of them!), but here's my first: Mapping our carbon footprints.
10 January 2014
Happy New Year!
The new year is off to an exciting start! My lastest Science News for Students story, Why are bees vanishing? is near and dear to my beekeeping heart.