Life sciences writer Susan Milius has been writing about botany, zoology and ecology for Science News since the last millennium. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a double major in biology and English and 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. Two of Susan's articles have been selected to appear in editions of The Best American Science Writing.
Susan Milius' Articles
- NewsPeacocks may have learned a benefit of deception by sounding their copulation calls even when no peahens are in sight.
- NewsIn lab tests, males dim mentally after generations without competitors.
- It's AliveSpiders, thank goodness, haven’t evolved assassin drones. But the specialized hunters of the family Archaeidae can kill at a distance.
- NewsPathogens may jump from commercial colonies to the wild.
- It's AliveThe more eclectic hoarder species segregate pantry from lumber room from junk museum. The result is more orderly than the closets of some human packrats.
- NewsTawny crazy ants pick fights with fire ants and win, thanks to a previously unknown way of detoxifying fire ant venom.
- NewsMating rules may be changing for one of the storied Galápagos birds.
- News in BriefEven before hatching, Chinese alligators, snapping turtles and some relatives can shift toward favorable temperatures.
- It's AliveScuba divers call Ctenoides ales the disco or electric clam because the restless, curling lips of its mantle flash bright streaks.
- It's AliveA gliding snake gets some lift by spreading its ribs, but much about its flight remains a mystery.