Jake Buehler

Jake Buehler is a freelance science writer, covering natural history, wildlife conservation and Earth's splendid biodiversity, from salamanders to sequoias. He has a master's degree in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

All Stories by Jake Buehler

  1. Liolaemus tacnae
    Animals

    A mountain lizard in Peru broke the reptilian altitude record

    Liolaemus tacnae was photographed 5,400 meters above sea level in the Andes, breaking the highest elevation record for a reptile by about 100 meters.

  2. Sapria himalayana flower
    Life

    A reeking, parasitic plant lost its body and much of its genetic blueprint

    The Sapria himalayana flower's extreme parasitic lifestyle inside the body of its host has left a bizarre imprint on its genome.

  3. mosasaur Xenodens calminechari scavenging a plesiosaur carcass
    Paleontology

    This ancient sea reptile had a slicing bite like no other

    Right up until 66 million years ago, the sea was a teeming evolutionary laboratory with a small, agile, razor-toothed mosasaur patrolling the waters.

  4. sand goanna monitor lizard
    Life

    Monitor lizards’ huge burrow systems can shelter hundreds of small animals

    Two species of Australian monitor lizards dig nests four meters deep. Now scientists reveal that the burrows are home to far more than their creators.

  5. huntsman spider on a branch
    Animals

    These spiders may sew leaves into fake shelters to lure frogs to their doom

    Madagascar’s huntsman spiders use silk to turn two leaves into a cool hollow. Such microhabitats may appeal to the spiders’ prey, a study suggests.

  6. Baikal seal
    Animals

    Using comb-shaped teeth, Baikal seals feed on tiny crustaceans like whales do

    Seals in Lake Baikal use comb-shaped teeth to catch scores of amphipods, a study finds. The diet may be behind the seals’ relative success.

  7. guttural toad
    Animals

    Guttural toads shrank by a third after just 100 years on two islands

    Introduced in the 1920s, toads on two islands in the Indian Ocean have shrunken limbs and bodies that may be evidence that "island dwarfism" can evolve quickly.

  8. photograph of a roadrunner with a lizard in its beak
    Animals

    Hundreds of new genomes help fill the bird ‘tree of life’

    More than 10,000 bird species live on Earth. Now, researchers are one step closer to understanding the evolution of all of this feathered diversity.

  9. ancient North American and South American animals
    Paleontology

    Why South America’s ancient mammals may have lost out to northern counterparts

    When North and South America joined millions of years ago, mammals from the north fared better in the meetup. Extinctions in the south may be why.

  10. Naked mole-rats in a pile
    Animals

    Naked mole-rats invade neighboring colonies and steal babies

    Naked mole-rats invade neighboring colonies, steal pups and evict any others left behind. The show of force may be central to their underground lifestyle.

  11. Torquigener albomaculosus
    Animals

    Pufferfish may be carving mysterious ‘crop circles’ near Australia

    In 2011, scientists discovered that tiny pufferfish were sculpting Japan’s underwater “mystery circles.” Now, more circles have emerged in Australia.

  12. blue whale
    Life

    Before migrating, some blue whales switch up the timing of their songs

    Pacific blue whales change the daily timing of their songs ahead of migration, helping scientists better anticipate these massive animals’ movements.