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. Fungus-gardening ant

    Tiny ants move a ton of soil

    For the first time, scientists have quantified how much soil ants move underground.

  2. jaguar

    For jaguars, armored prey is no obstacle

    With big heads, thick teeth and strong muscles, jaguars have evolved to take on dangerous prey, often animals covered with thick armor.

  3. dog and cat birthday party

    What animals’ life spans can tell us about how people age

    The animal world can offer insights into human longevity.

  4. willow warbler

    When bird populations shrink, females fly away

    In small and shrinking populations of willow warblers, males outnumber females. That’s because girls choose to join bigger groups, a new study finds.

  5. a burying beetle

    Beetles that battle make better moms than ones that never fight

    Female burying beetles that have to fight before reproducing spend more time caring for offspring than beetles with no fighting experience, a new study finds.

  6. lionfish

    Lionfish invasion comes to the Mediterranean

    Scientists had thought that the Mediterranean was too cold for lionfish to permanently settle there. But now they’ve found a population of the fish off Cyprus.

  7. banana fiddler crab

    Sneaky male fiddler crabs entrap their mates

    Some male banana fiddler crabs get a female to mate with them by trapping her in their burrow, a new study finds.

  8. green lacewing

    Bacteria make male lacewings disappear

    Scientists have tracked down why some green lacewings in Japan produce only female offspring: Bacteria kill off all the males early in life.

  9. three-toed sloth

    Three-toed sloths are even more slothful than two-toed sloths

    The three-toed sloth Bradypus variegatus has the lowest field metabolic rate ever recorded, a new study finds.

  10. blue tang fish

    That ‘Dory’ for sale may have been poisoned with cyanide

    Preliminary results from a new study show that over half of aquarium fish sold in the United States may have been caught with cyanide.

  11. harbor porpoise

    For harbor porpoises, the ocean is a 24-hour buffet

    Scientists tagged harbor porpoises with monitoring equipment and found that the small cetaceans eat thousands of fish throughout the day.

  12. electric eel attacks toy alligator

    Electric eels play defense with a mighty leap

    A biologist finds evidence that a 200-year-old report of electric eels attacking horses may be true.