Jonathan Lambert

Staff Writer, Biological Sciences

Jonathan Lambert joined Science News in 2019 as a staff writer covering biological sciences. He earned a master’s degree from Cornell University studying how a bizarre day-long mating ritual helped accelerate speciation in a group of Hawaiian crickets. A summer at the Dallas Morning News as a AAAS Mass Media fellow sparked a pivot from biologist to science journalist. He has previously written for Quanta Magazine, NPR, and Nature News.

All Stories by Jonathan Lambert

  1. running
    Health & Medicine

    Running just once a week may help you outpace an early death

    Any amount of running can lower a person’s risk of early death, an analysis of multiple studies finds.

  2. Athena the elephant

    Apple TV+’s ‘The Elephant Queen’ shies away from hard truths

    The Elephant Queen offers an intimate look into the lives of elephants, but the documentary largely avoids threats the animals face.

  3. vampire bats

    Vampire bat friendships endure from captivity to the wild

    Vampire bats can form social bonds that persist from a lab setting to the outdoors, suggesting the cooperative relationships are like friendships.

  4. bird eggs

    Bird eggs laid in cold climates are darker, which may keep eggs warm

    A global survey of bird egg color reveals a simple trend: the colder the climate, the darker the egg.

  5. Prozac pills
    Health & Medicine

    Prozac proves no better than a placebo in treating kids with autism

    In a small clinical trial, drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors didn’t ease obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children with autism.

  6. turtle embryo

    A peek inside a turtle embryo wins the Nikon Small World photography contest

    The annual competition highlights the wonders to be found when scientists and photographers zoom in on the world around us.

  7. choanoflagellates

    Acrobatic choanoflagellates could help explain how multicellularity evolved

    A newfound single-celled microbe species forms groups of multiple individual organisms that change shape in response to light.

  8. sanderling

    Extreme snowfall kept most plants and animals in one Arctic ecosystem from reproducing

    A very snowy winter in 2018 left parts of Greenland covered well into the summer, causing an ecosystem-wide reproductive collapse in one area.

  9. Ganges River

    Too much groundwater pumping is draining many of the world’s rivers

    Too much groundwater use could push over half of pumped watersheds past an ecological tipping point by 2050, compromising aquatic ecosystems worldwide.

  10. John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino

    The development of the lithium-ion battery has won the chemistry Nobel Prize

    Three scientists have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry for helping create lithium-ion batteries, which power everyday devices from smartphones to electric cars.

  11. William Kaelin, Gregg Semenza and Peter Ratcliffe
    Health & Medicine

    Discovery of how cells sense oxygen wins the 2019 medicine Nobel

    Understanding the molecular switch that lets cells cope with oxygen has implications for everything from metabolism to wound healing.

  12. Bull dog

    Dog behaviors like aggression and fearfulness are linked to breed genetics

    A study looking at how 101 dog breeds behave finds a strong association between genetics and 14 personality traits.