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. Volta's electric eel

    Some electric eels coordinate attacks to zap their prey

    Electric eels were thought be to solitary hunters, until researchers observed over 100 eels hunting together, releasing coordinated electric attacks on corralled prey.

  2. Malawi rice paddies

    Clearing land to feed a growing human population will threaten thousands of species

    Changing where, how and what food is grown could largely avoid biodiversity losses, scientists say.

  3. cricket poking through hole in a leaf

    Small, quiet crickets turn leaves into megaphones to blare their mating call

    A carefully crafted leaf can double the volume of a male tree cricket’s song, helping it compete with larger, louder males for females.

  4. Tasmanian devil

    A highly contagious face cancer may not wipe out Tasmanian devils after all

    Devil facial tumor disease has killed so many Tasmanian devils that it was feared they would die out. But a new analysis finds its spread is slowing.

  5. Pfizer headquarters in New York City
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccines

    There are still important unknowns about how Pfizer’s vaccine and others will work once they get injected in people around the world.

  6. giant panda climbing a tree

    Giant pandas may roll in horse poop to feel warm

    By coating themselves in fresh horse manure, wild giant pandas may be seeking a chemical in the poop that inhibits a cold-sensing protein.

  7. woman putting a closed sign in a window
    Health & Medicine

    Coronavirus shutdowns don’t need to be all or nothing

    Governments are implementing more targeted restrictions like limiting restaurant capacity to slow a fall surge. Research suggests they could work.

  8. Fritillaria delavayi plant blending with rocky background

    These plants seem like they’re trying to hide from people

    A plant used in traditional Chinese medicine has evolved remarkable camouflage in areas with intense harvesting pressure, a study suggests.

  9. a microscopic image showing several radiolarians

    50 years ago, scientists named Earth’s magnetic field as a suspect in extinctions

    In 1970, researchers saw a link between magnetic pole reversals and extinctions. Fifty years later, scientists have uncovered more suggestive examples but no strong evidence of a direct link.lamb

  10. medical professional wearing a mask working in a tent
    Health & Medicine

    Coronavirus cases are skyrocketing. Here’s what it will take to gain control

    Basic public health measures can still curb COVID-19, if everyone does their part.

  11. octopus in a coffee mug

    How octopuses ‘taste’ things by touching

    Octopus arms are dotted with cells that can "taste" by touch, which might enable arms to explore the seafloor without input from the brain.

  12. Ebola treatment center in the Congo
    Health & Medicine

    The FDA has approved the first treatment for Ebola

    Lab-made antibodies developed by Regeneron marshal an immune response and curb the Ebola virus’s ability to infect cells.