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. blob of worms

    How worm blobs behave like a liquid and a solid

    Blobs of worms flow like a fluid, plop like a solid and fascinate scientists.

  2. dragonfly

    Green darner dragonflies migrate a bit like monarch butterflies

    Some dragonflies do a north-south annual migration that takes at least three generations.

  3. a photo of a flightless midge

    Invasive asexual midges may upset Antarctica’s delicate moss banks

    Fast-multiplying insects with earthworm powers have invaded Antarctica, and scientists are worried about how their waste could affect the continent.

  4. Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes

    Humans wiped out mosquitoes (in one small lab test)

    An early lab test of exterminating a much-hated mosquito raises hopes, but is it really such a great idea?

  5. harbor porpoise

    Counting the breaths of wild porpoises reveals their revved-up metabolism

    A new method tracks harbor porpoises’ breathing to collect rare information on the energy needs of the marine mammals.

  6. scientists with hybrid rice plants

    Hybrid rice engineered with CRISPR can clone its seeds

    New research has created self-cloning hybrid rice, raising hopes of higher food production.

  7. pea aphid

    Pea aphid youngsters use piggyback rides to escape a crisis

    When some mammal is about to munch their plant, aphids drop to the ground and youngsters want a ride to safety.

  8. jumping spider with babies

    A jumping spider mom nurses her brood for weeks on milk

    Even after spiderlings start hunting for themselves, they come to mom for milk.

  9. mosquito

    Mosquitoes may surf winds above Africa more than we realized

    More than 40 meters up, balloon traps in Mali caught females of malaria-spreading mosquito species.

  10. soprano Cristin Colvin performing

    How locust ecology inspired an opera

    When an entomologist decides to write a libretto, you get an operatic elegy to locusts.

  11. male flowers and bees

    Hemp fields offer a late-season pollen source for stressed bees

    Colorado’s legal fields of low-THC cannabis can attract a lot of bees.

  12. spoonbill sandpipers

    Climate change may have made the Arctic deadlier for baby shorebirds

    What were once relatively safe havens in the Arctic are now feasting sites for predators of baby birds.