Mariah Quintanilla

Science Writing Intern, Fall 2017

Mariah Quintanilla is Science News’ current science writing intern. Mariah comes to Science News via the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she earned her master's degree in Summer 2017, specializing in health, environment and science journalism. As part of her studies, she did everything from cover spot news at AAAS to traveling to Nicaragua to explore the mission of a health clinic through the stories of the women treated there. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis, Mariah studied entomology. While she says it’s hard to pick a favorite insect, she has a lot to say about why parasitoid wasps are so cool. 

All Stories by Mariah Quintanilla

  1. Oceans

    Castaway critters rafted to U.S. shores aboard Japan tsunami debris

    Researchers report finding 289 living Japanese marine species that washed up on American shores on debris from the 2011 East Japan earthquake and tsunami.

  2. Animals

    To test sleep, researchers don’t let sleeping jellyfish lie

    Upside-down jellyfish are the first known animals without a brain to enter a sleeplike state.

  3. Animals

    This newfound hermit crab finds shelter in corals, not shells

    A newly discovered hermit crab takes its cue from peanut worms and uses walking corals as a permanent shelter.

  4. Animals

    A researcher reveals the shocking truth about electric eels

    A biologist records the electrical current traveling through his arm during an electric eel’s defensive leap attack.