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. grizzly bear
    Animals

    With climate change, grizzly bears may hibernate less

    New research shows that food availability and weather are driving when grizzly bears enter and exit their dens for hibernation.

  2. painted lady butterfly
    Animals

    Painted lady butterflies’ migration may take them across the Sahara

    The migratory patterns of painted lady butterflies are largely unknown. Now scientists have found evidence that some may migrate across the Sahara.

  3. stray dog in India
    Animals

    Nature has a dog problem

    Free-roaming dogs spread disease, kill wildlife by the thousands and have even caused extinctions. But their full effect on the environment has been little studied.

  4. iiwi, a Hawaiian honeycreeper
    Animals

    Kauai’s native forest birds are headed toward extinction

    Kauai’s honeycreepers are losing their last refuges from mosquito-borne diseases that are spreading due to climate change. Some could become extinct within a decade.

  5. forest elephants
    Animals

    As IUCN votes on ivory trade, elephants’ future looks bleak

    As the IUCN prepares to debate an end to the ivory trade, two new reports show just how poorly Africa’s elephant species are faring.

  6. rattlesnake
    Animals

    Tail vibrations may have preceded evolution of rattlesnake rattle

    The rattle on a rattlesnake evolved just once. A new study contends it may have come out of a common behavior — tail vibration — that snakes use to deter predators.

  7. daddy longlegs
    Animals

    The weird mating habits of daddy longlegs

    Scientists studying the sex lives of daddy longlegs are finding there’s a lot of diversity among this group of arachnids.

  8. striped plateau lizard
    Animals

    Lizard mom’s microbiome may protect her eggs

    Striped plateau lizard moms don’t do any parenting beyond laying eggs. But they may convey protection from pathogens with help from their microbiome.

  9. capybaras
    Animals

    Capybaras may be poised to be Florida’s next invasive rodent

    Some capybaras have escaped their owners in Florida. Others have been set loose. Now there are fears the giant rodents could become established in the state.

  10. birds at birdfeeder
    Animals

    Bird-friendly yards have a major downside — for birds

    Vegetation and feeders bring birds into our yards. But those lures also bring more birds to collide with the windows in our homes.

  11. Antarctic fur seal pup
    Animals

    Pup kidnapping has a happy ending when a seal gets two moms

    A female fur seal kidnapped another seal’s pup. But this turned out to be a positive the young seal, scientists found.

  12. Themisto libellula amphipod
    Oceans

    Sea ice algae drive the Arctic food web

    Even organisms that don’t depend on sea ice depend on sea ice algae, a new study finds. But Arctic sea ice is disappearing.