Select Web Articles and Essays

As of 2015, I write regularly for a wonderful site called The Last Word on Nothing. (Links to my articles below. But I suggest you scroll through LWON and enjoy essays by a host of very talented science writers!)

Meanwhile……(scroll way down for my Nat Geo Web pieces):

Last Word On Nothing (essays)

“Can We Defend Ourselves Against Brain Tumors?” (February 11, 2016)

“The Elephant in the Bedroom” (Jan 26, 2016)

“Have Lady Beard, Will Travel” (Jan 4, 2016)

“The Undead: A Holiday Rant” (Dec. 24, 2015)

“Shattered” (Dec. 8, 2015)

“In Tribute: Her True Calling” (Nov. 25, 2015)

“A Squee from the Field: Why I Love My Job” (Nov. 10, 2015)

“Gesundheit” (Oct. 12, 2015)

“Face Time” (Sept. 28, 2015)

“Hug it Out” (Sept. 10, 2015)

“Prescription for Tragedy” (August 26, 2015)

“The Cold Truth” (August 6, 2015)

“I Wish I Could Have One” (July 24, 2015).

“Snark Week: Sand, Sea, and Flesh-Ripping Aliens…” (July 7, 2015).

“Bees Are Us” (May 28, 2015)

“Something About Sharks” (May 11, 2015)

“What I Got: Three Gifts from the Recovery Ward” (May 1, 2015)

“Double Play: How the Yankees Ruined my Feng Shui” (April 20, 2015)

“Tears of a Warrior” (April 27, 2014)

“Painful Lessons” (Feb. 11, 2014)

New York Times

“Wild Messengers” (Nov. 1, 2014)


A rather silly goat piece. (May 29, 2015).

“Locusts Eat the Crops of Madagascar–and Each Other, Too.” (Sept. 3, 2014)

NEWS and WEIRD & WILD ARTICLES, National Geographic News 

“Why Cesar Milan Loves Being the Dog Whisperer” (Feb. 18, 2016).

“This Woman Wears Thousands of Bees” (Jan 6, 2016).

“Why a Pig Befriended a Herd of Cows” (Dec. 7, 2015).

“Volcano Could Mean Extinction for Rocket Frog” (Oct. 15, 2015).

“Cheetah-Dog Friendship Not as Strange as it Sounds” (Oct. 7, 2015)

“Listen: Nature is Quieter Than Ever Before” (Oct. 6, 2015).

“Extinct” Toad Rediscovered” (August 31, 2015).

“How Drones Are Affecting Wildlife” (August 25, 2015).

“Black Bears are Rebounding…” (June 26, 2015).

“Lemur Calls Turned into Beautiful Beatbox Jams,” (May 2015).

“9 Ways You Can Help Pollinators at Home,” (May 2015).

“Nature Behind Bars: Animal Class Helps Prisoners Find Compassion,” (May 2015).

“Quokka Selfies: What’s the Deal?” (March 6, 2015).

“Wild Panda Population Up Dramatically in China, Government Says,” (March 2, 2015).

“Remarkable Spider Eats Mostly Mosquitoes…Could it Fight Malaria?” (Oct. 7, 2014)

“Foodie Bees Head Downtown for Dinner” (Sept. 27, 2014)

“Antelope and Lion Have Unlikely Meeting—Only One Walks Away” (August 20, 2014)

Three-eyed Crab and More Freaks of Nature” (August 5, 2014)

Dogs Get Jealous, Too” (July 23, 2014)

“Plant Blasts Birds with Pollen Using ‘Bellows'” (July 3, 2014)

“Q&A: Africa’s Last Wetland Wilderness Named 1,000ths World Heritage Site” (June 24, 2014)

“How Frogs’ Sticky Tongues Lift Giant Prey” (June 12, 2014)

“Longest Migration Among Mammals Discovered” (May 27, 2014)

“Honeybee Dances Map Healthy Landscapes” (May 22, 2014)

Why do Barn Owls Divorce?” (April 29, 2014)

“Why are Black Bear Attacks Up in Florida?” (April 15, 2014)

“Two Prairie Voles Walk Into a Bar…” (April 7, 2014)

Rescue Dogs Tested by Washington Mudslide Recovery” (April 2, 2014)

How an Injured Snowy Owl Got New Feathers” (March 29, 2014)

“How a River Otter Can Bag an Alligator for Lunch” (March 6, 2014)

Drone Captures Stunning Birds-eye View of Dolphin Megapod” (March 5, 2014)

“Antarctic Bases Spew Toxic Wastes Into Environment” (March 4, 2014)

“How a Python Can Swallow A Crocodile” (March 3, 2014)

Bad News for Bumblebees: Disease Spreading from Honeybees” (Feb 27, 2014)

Surprise: Elephants Comfort Upset Friends” (February 14, 2014)

Don’t Feed the Bears: Ethics in Wildlife Photography” (January 16, 2014)

Five Animals That Can Sniff Out Diseases” (January 10, 2014)

Purring Monkey? Flamboyant Lizard?” (Oct. 25, 2013)

A Venom First: Toxin-Spewing Crustacean” (Oct. 23, 2013)

Mystery Tick Up Scientist’s Nose” (Oct. 8, 2013)

Monkeys Whisper…But Why?” (Sept. 24, 2013)

Can Dung Beetles Flight Global Warming? (Sept. 4, 2013)

Wolves Identified by Unique Howls…” (July 30, 2013)

Why We Love Dogs in Love” (July 28, 2013)

Forensic Fly Moves North” (July 10, 2013)

Lonesome George to be Stuffed…” (July 2, 2013)

Traveling with Pets Overseas: A Guide to Some Quirky Rules” (June 13, 2013)

UN Urges Eating Insects: 8 Popular Bugs to Try” (May 14, 2013)

“The Plight of the Honeybee” (May 10, 2013)

“Bowerbirds use Geometry to Woo Mates” (Dec. 3, 2012)


On Komodo Dragons:

NEWS ARTICLES: Earth Touch productions 

Size Matters: Big Brains Help Species Go Urban” (August 28, 2013)


Interview with Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat (Jan. 20, 2011)

Interview with Todd Kashdan, author of Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (June 3, 2010)

Interview with Richard Restak, M.D., author of Think Smart: A Neuroscientist’s Prescription for Improving Your Brain’s Performance (August 20, 2009)

PERSONAL ESSAY, The Washington Post

Her True Calling: My Mother’s Last Gift (May 5, 2008)