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 common caterpillar can sense when a plant is gearing up to manufacture insecticidal toxins and respond by starting up its own detoxification system.
- NewsAn ecological study of kangaroo rats has revised thinking about how these desert dwellers cope with their stressful home.
- NewsA study of leghorn chickens has linked hormone concentrations in a hen's eggs to her rank in the pecking order.
- NewsA textbook example of mutualism—birds that ride around picking ticks off big African mammals—may not be mutually beneficial at all.
- NewsSandpipers' special wax for their wings during the breeding season may have less to do with courting a mate and more to do with sitting on eggs.
- NewsTwo research teams say they've caught wild animals bluffing, only the second and third examples (outside of primate antics) ever recorded.
- NewsScientists have found the gene that gives sheep unusually big, muscular bottoms.
- FeatureWhen birds trill and whales woo-oo, we call it singing. Are we serious?
- NewsThe largest amphibian data set ever crunched—936 populations in 37 countries—confirms global declines.
- NewsResearchers have engineered a strain of stressed-out mice by knocking out one gene.