Sid Perkins

Sid Perkins is a freelance science writer based in Crossville, Tenn.

All Stories by Sid Perkins

  1. matter map
    Cosmology

    ‘Origins’ offers science-based account of creation

    In Origins, a science writer compiles an ambitious yet concise history of the universe and life on Earth.

  2. Thomas Jaggar at Kilauea
    Earth

    Pioneering geologist sought to demystify volcanic eruptions

    In The Last Volcano, a geologist profiles Thomas Jaggar, one of the 20th century’s most influential volcanologists.

  3. Animals

    ‘On the Wing’ chronicles origins of flying animals

    In "On the Wing," a biomechanicist reviews how animals took to the air.

  4. Marlin
    Animals

    Marine biologist chronicles a lifelong love of fishing

    In A Naturalist Goes Fishing, a marine biologist takes readers on a round-the-world fishing expedition

  5. whooper swans in flight
    Animals

    A naturalist recounts birds’ lives in the Scottish Highlands

    In Gods of the Morning, a naturalist chronicles how birds and other wildlife withstand the changing seasons in the Scottish Highlands

  6. The Reason for Flowers
    Plants

    Flowers’ roles considered in ecosystems and economics

    In ‘The Reason for Flowers’, a pollination ecologist chronicles the science and culture of blossoms from the dawn of humanity.

  7. abandoned factory in Chernobyl
    Science & Society

    Histories left behind by the dispossessed

    ‘Dispatches from Dystopia’ chronicles adventures in modernist wastelands to recount tales of the invisible and the overlooked, the exiled and the dispossessed.

  8. bedbug
    Animals

    Tales of the bedbug, one of the world’s most reviled insects

    ‘Infested’ captivates with stories about the bloodsucking insects. Resurgent in many areas in the United States, bedbugs are the fastest-growing moneymaker in pest control.

  9. rust on green metal
    Tech

    ‘Rust’ chronicles humankind’s incessant battle with corrosion

    ‘Rust’ recounts humanity’s unending battle against corrosion, which each year costs the United States an estimated $437 billion — more than all natural disasters combined.

  10. Science & Society

    Finalists chosen to compete in the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search

    Teens from 18 states will soon face off in the finals of the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search, the nation’s most prestigious science research competition for high school seniors.

  11. Earth

    ‘Island on Fire’ recounts enormous 18th century eruption

    The 18th century eruption of Iceland’s Laki volcano spewed sulfurous gases that briefly cooled the globe and probably contributed to the early deaths of tens of thousands of people.

  12. Climate

    ‘Storm Surge’ revisits Sandy, looks to future hurricanes

    Superstorm Sandy deluged New York City and could be a harbinger of future coastal flooding.