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. a cat with a bird in its mouth
    Life

    These are the 5 costliest invasive species, causing billions in damages

    Invasive species have cost the global economy at least $1 trillion since 1970 and $162.7 billion in 2017 alone. The annual cost is increasing.

  2. whitefly
    Life

    A plant gene may have helped whiteflies become a major pest

    An agricultural pest may owe part of its success to a plant detox gene it acquired long ago that lets the insect neutralize common defenses.

  3. man receiving an Ebola vaccination in Guinea
    Health & Medicine

    The latest Ebola outbreak may have started with someone infected years ago

    Rather than stemming from a virus that jumped from an animal to a person, this outbreak might have originated from someone who had a dormant virus.

  4. a cone snail shell
    Animals

    Cone snail venom may trick mate-seeking worms into becoming meals

    Cone snail venom contains worm pheromone mimics, suggesting the chemicals may be used to lure worms during hunting.

  5. person getting vaccinated at mass vaccination site
    Health & Medicine

    The COVID-19 pandemic is now a year old. What have scientists learned?

    As we enter the pandemic’s second year, researchers share what they’ve learned and what they look forward to.

  6. green tree frogs mating
    Animals

    Female green tree frogs have noise-canceling lungs that help them hear mates

    When inflated, female green tree frog lungs resonate in a way that reduces sensitivity to the sounds of other species.

  7. a photo of a whaling ship hauling in a catch

    50 years ago, U.S. commercial whaling was coming to an end

    Commercial whaling has brought many whale species to the brink of extinction. But after bans, some show signs of recovery.

  8. worker checking a vaccine shipment
    Health & Medicine

    Global inequity in COVID-19 vaccination is more than a moral problem

    Wealthy countries are vaccinating at much higher rates than low-income countries. Such inequities could ultimately prolong the pandemic for all.

  9. illustration of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2
    Health & Medicine

    The U.K. approved the world’s first COVID-19 human challenge trial

    Dozens of young, healthy volunteers will be deliberately exposed to the coronavirus to find out how much virus it takes to get someone sick.

  10. gray cat playing with cat toy
    Life

    Meatier meals and more playtime might reduce cats’ toll on wildlife

    Outdoor cats kill billions of birds and mammals each year. Simply satisfying their need to hunt or supplementing their diets could lessen that impact.

  11. Devils Hole pupfish
    Science & Society

    ‘Under a White Sky’ explores whether we must tinker with nature to save it

    In ‘Under a White Sky’, Elizabeth Kolbert examines the technological innovations we might need to save a planet we are actively destroying.

  12. Brookesia nana chameleon on a person's thumb
    Animals

    A new chameleon species may be the world’s tiniest reptile

    The newly described critters, found in the northern forests of Madagascar, may be threatened by deforestation.