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. illustration of man looking at squid on shore
    Animals

    Maximum size of giant squid remains a mystery

    A scientist has come up with a new estimate of the maximum size of giant squid. He says the animals could be as long as two public buses.

  2. pronghorn
    Animals

    Animals get safe spots to cross the road — and car collisions drop

    Over- and underpasses built for wildlife in Wyoming proved a success for both the animals and the humans traveling the roads.

  3. a leopard in a tree
    Animals

    Counting cats is hard, but we know the numbers aren’t good

    Recent studies highlight the difficulty of counting big cats, but even imperfect counts show that these species are in trouble.

  4. baby green turtle
    Animals

    For baby sea turtles, it helps to have a lot of siblings

    After hatching, baby sea turtles must dig themselves out of their nest. This requires less energy if there are lots of siblings, a new study finds.

  5. grassy mounds called surales
    Animals

    These mystery mounds are actually giant piles of earthworm poop

    The grassy mounds that dot a watery landscape in South America are created by giant earthworms, a new study finds.

  6. two parasite insects flying around mining bee
    Animals

    The bizarre mating ritual of a bee parasite

    Stylops ovinae insects — parasites found in mining bees — have short lives filled with trauma.

  7. vultures feeding on a dead horse
    Animals

    Vultures are vulnerable to extinction

    Life history makes vultures more vulnerable to extinction than other birds, a new study finds, but humankind’s poisons are helping them to their end.

  8. crocodile eye
    Animals

    Crocodile eyes are optimized for lurking

    Crocodiles hang out at the water’s surface, waiting for a meal. A new study shows their eyes are optimized for spotting their prey from this position.

  9. purple starfish, Pisaster ochraceus
    Animals

    Cause of mass starfish die-offs is still a mystery

    Sea stars off the U.S. west coast started dying off en masse in 2013. Scientists are still struggling to figure out the cause.

  10. bearcat
    Animals

    Chemical behind popcorn’s aroma gives a bearcat its signature scent

    Bearcats smell like popcorn. Now scientists now why: The chemical responsible for popcorn’s alluring scent has been found in bearcat pee.

  11. skeleton of a long-beaked echidna
    Animals

    How animal poop could be key in solving echidna mystery

    The western long-beaked echidna hasn’t been seen in Australia in 10,000 years. But DNA in scat could reveal its presence.

  12. crab swarm
    Animals

    Scientists find a crab party deep in the ocean

    A trip to check out the biodiversity off the coast of Panama revealed thousands of crabs swarming on the seafloor.