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
- NewsA Harvard researcher calculates that roads directly influence the ecology of a fifth of U.S. land area.
- NewsMale butterflies live longer in Madeira, where females are available year-round, than in Sweden, where females mature in one burst.
- NewsAn elliptical stem gives daffodils an unusual liveliness in the wind compared with tulips.
- FeatureIn the past 20 years, researchers studying sound communication in ants have discovered a sort of ant-ernet, zinging with messages about lost relatives, great food, free rides for hitchhikers, caterpillars in search of ant partners, and impending doom.
- NewsAfter decades of work, scientists crack two problems of how bees navigate: reading bee odometers and mapping training flights.
- NewsAt least one kind of Pfiesteria—accused of killing fish and threatening human health—does not produce a toxin but kills by eating holes in fish's skin, some researchers say.
- NewsLab tests suggest that a lethal disease of oak trees in California and Oregon could strike some popular garden shrubs in the rhododendron family.
- NewsAn unusual test of a biological control for the blight that's killing American chestnuts doesn't look good in the largest remaining patch.
- NewsBlocking androgens for spotted hyenas before they're born shows that the exposure of a female fetus to male hormones normally takes a heavy physical toll when females bear their own pups.
- NewsTwin fawns may not have the same dad—the first time multiple paternity has turned up in a large, free-ranging hoofed mammal.