Life sciences writer Susan Milius has been writing about botany, zoology and ecology for Science News since the last millennium. She worked at diverse publications before breaking into science writing and editing. After stints on the staffs of The Scientist, Science, International Wildlife and United Press International, she joined Science News. Three of Susan's articles have been selected to appear in editions of The Best American Science Writing.

All Stories by Susan Milius

  1. Quoll male die-off doesn’t fit pattern

    Males of a ferretlike marsupial called a quoll die off after one mating season-unusual behavior that suggests the need for new theories of why such deaths occur after mating.

  2. Stick insects: Three females remain

    An Australian expedition locates three females of a big, flightless stick insect species thought to have gone extinct.

  3. Why Fly into a Forest Fire?

    Scientists puzzle over why some wasps and beetles race to forest fires.

  4. Roach females pick losers with good scents

    Male Tanzanian cockroaches lose fights if they have too much of a particular pheromone, but females find it alluring.

  5. Can visiting a plant ruin an experiment?

    Merely walking up to a plant and handling its leaves may skew outcomes in studies of predators attacking plants.

  6. Inbred cattle don’t look bad at all

    A herd of feral cattle that hasn't had new blood for at least 300 years seems to have avoided the genetic risks of inbreeding.

  7. Genetic search for an equine Eve fails

    Genetic analysis suggests an unusual history for modern horses: lots of independent domestications instead of the usual few.

  8. Cloned gaur born healthy, then dies

    The first cloned gaur, a rare, Asian oxlike creature, died when only a few days old but proved the technique worked.

  9. Infection divides two wasp species

    Two tiny wasp species provide the best evidence yet that infection by Wolbachia bacteria can play a role in forming species.

  10. Plants

    The bladderwort: No ruthless microbe killer

    A carnivorous plant called a bladderwort may not be a fierce predator at all but a misunderstood mutualist.

  11. Plants

    Dead pipes can still regulate plants’ water

    Physiologists say they have demonstrated for the first time that dead xylem cells in plant plumbing can control water speed.

  12. The Lives of Pandas

    On a tight energy budget, newborns no bigger than chipmunks grow into roly-poly superstars.