Sarah Zielinski

Sarah Zielinski

Managing Editor, Science News for Students

Sarah Zielinski wanted to be a marine biologist when she was growing up, but after graduating from Cornell University with a B.A. in biology, and a stint at the National Science Foundation, she realized that she didn’t want to spend her life studying just one area of science — she wanted to learn about it all and share that knowledge with the public. In 2004, she received an M.A. in journalism from New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program and began a career in science journalism. She worked as a science writer and editor at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the American Geophysical Union’s newspaper Eos and Smithsonian magazine before becoming a freelancer. During that time, she started her blog, Wild Things, and moved it to Science News magazine, and then became an editor for and frequent contributor to Science News for Students. Her work has also appeared in Slate, Science, Scientific AmericanDiscover and National Geographic News. She is the winner of the DCSWA 2010 Science News Brief Award and editor of the winner of the Gold Award for Children’s Science News in the 2015 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards, “Where will lightning strike?” published in Science News for Students. In 2005, she was a Marine Biological Laboratory Science Journalism Fellow.

All Stories by Sarah Zielinski

  1. Animals

    The bromance of the fossas

    Male fossas, mammal carnivores native to Madagascar, hang out with other males to boost their hunting and mating success.

  2. Animals

    Maybe Britain shouldn’t kill its badgers

    A study on badger social networks shows that isolated badgers are the ones that most often carry TB and cause infections among — but not within — groups.

  3. Paleontology

    An ammonite adventure on the Jurassic Coast

    This region is special because fossils are easy to find. They wash out of the cliffs and onto the beach where they are free for anyone to collect, as long as you follow the rules.

  4. Planetary Science

    A grander canyon on Mars

    Hebes Chasma, a huge trough on Mars, reflects the Red Planet’s tumultuous and varied past.

  5. Animals

    Mama bird tells babies to shut up, danger is near

  6. Animals

    Eliminating prairie dogs can lead to desertification

  7. Animals

    Rhino beetle horns come cheap

  8. African elephants get the point
    Animals

    Some elephants get the point

  9. Animals

    The bottom feeding behavior of humpback whales

  10. Neuroscience

    Brainy videos

    A short film that uses humor and science to explain congenital anosmia has won the Society for Neuroscience’s 2013 Brain Awareness Video Contest.

  11. Animals

    Roadkill prevention could save a species from more than just your car

  12. Animals

    The giraffes that sailed to medieval China

    Chinese exploration of the world is often left out of Western textbooks (at least it was left out of mine), but for a brief period, from 1405 to 1433, the Chinese under Ming emperor Yongle sent out numerous trade missions that reached as far as present-day Kenya. During the fourth expedition, which left China in 1413, part of the fleet led by commander Zheng He sailed to Bengal in India, where in 1414 they met envoys from the African coastal state of Malindi (now part of Kenya). The men from Malindi had brought with them as tribute giraffes, and they gave one of those giraffes to the Chinese, who took it home.