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
- NewsField studies of three-spined stickleback fish dash a textbook example of the theory of how one species can take on a competitor's characteristics.
- NewsThe latest inventory of life in the United States has turned up an extra 100,000 species of plants, animals, and fungi.
- NewsTwo new fruit fly lines—with females that die on cue—could lead to changes in pest control.
- NewsFor the first time, plants have been caught tapping into the most widespread of soil fungi networks and using it to steal food from green plants.
- NewsOctonoba spiders tune the sensitivity of their webs according to how hungry they are.
- NewsIn beaugregory damselfish, males that snack on some of the eggs supposedly in their care may end up benefiting the rest of the egg clutch by making more oxygen available.
- FeatureAlex Wiedenhoeft belongs to the elite profession of wood identifier, the person to call when a crime investigator, museum curator, archaeologist, or patent attorney with an unusual client really needs to know what that splinter really is.
- NewsAn ant will ignore a single golden egg bug and attack a mating pair, a choice that may explain why singles hang around pairs.
- NewsA pheromone that helps drive locusts into a swarm comes from bacteria in their gut.
- NewsLearning the taste of nutritious food pays off in a boost to fitness, even for a grasshopper.