Jonathan Lambert

Staff Writer, Biological Sciences, 2019-2021

Jonathan Lambert was a staff writer covering biological sciences at Science News from 2019 to 2021. 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 previously wrote for Quanta Magazine, NPR, and Nature News.

All Stories by Jonathan Lambert

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. tardigrade glowing blue

    Glowing blue helps shield this tardigrade from harmful ultraviolet light

    Tardigrades have a newly discovered trick up their sleeve: fluorescence.

  11. Arctic winter under northern lights

    Trapped under ice, light-loving algae grow in the dark Arctic winter

    Blocked off from nearly all light beneath a thick layer of ice and snow in the winter, marine phytoplankton in the Arctic still find a way to thrive.

  12. Manaus cemetary
    Health & Medicine

    A Brazilian city devastated by COVID-19 may have reached herd immunity

    Up to half of Manaus was infected at the epidemic’s peak, which slowed further spread of the virus but also led to many deaths, scientists say.