Rebecca Dzombak

Rebecca Dzombak is a science writer covering the natural world and humans' role in it, past, present and future. She holds a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences.

All Stories by Rebecca Dzombak

  1. underwater scene of coral on ocean floor with fish swimming around
    Environment

    Corals may store a surprising amount of microplastics in their skeletons

    In tropical waters, coral reefs may be a “sink” for tiny bits of plastic debris. It’s unclear how corals’ trash pickup might affect reef health.

  2. A flock of greater flamingos standing in water
    Animals

    Flamingos dye their sun-faded feathers to stay pretty in pink

    During mating season, flamingos rub a makeup-like rouge on their necks to catch the eye of the opposite sex. They don’t bother once chicks are born.

  3. a fossil of an ancient horseshoe crab in brownish rock, with white marks showing the fossilized brain
    Paleontology

    How fossilization preserved a 310-million-year-old horseshoe crab’s brain

    A 310-million-year-old horseshoe crab’s brain was preserved in clay, thanks to an uncommon fossilization process that protected the fragile neural tissues.