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
- NewsFungal menace to frogs and their kin shuts down key parts of the animals’ defenses.
- NewsMixed-sex society raises resistance to sperm in what may be a long-running arms race between the sexes over fertilization.
- News in BriefWinterized red-eared sliders shut down their lungs but spring into action when they see light.
- News in BriefOldest flowerlike pollen might have come from an ancient relative of today’s flowering plants.
- NewsStringy joints between calcified algae’s segments don’t break easily under repeated stresses.
- It's AliveA vampire bat drinks one meal a night, and missing just three nights in a row would probably kill the animal.
- NewsBuilt-in poop nourishes bacteria that protect notorious Formosan species.
- NewsTiny teeth on hiplike structures keep legs in sync, allowing juvenile planthoppers to jump.
- NewsForget legs. A plant uses curly, humidity-controlled ribbons to make epic leaps.
- NewsFor a mouse in the woods, finding any food at all may trump poopy locations.