Erin I. Garcia de Jesus is a staff writer at Science News. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Washington, where she studied virus/host co-evolution. After deciding science as a whole was too fascinating to spend a career studying one topic, she went on to earn a master’s in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writing has appeared in Nature News, Science, Eos, Smithsonian Voices and more, and she was the Winter 2019 science writing intern at Science News.

All Stories by Erin Garcia de Jesus

  1. Animals

    Toxic germs on its skin make this newt deadly

    Bacteria living on the skin of some rough-skinned newts make tetrodotoxin. This paralyzing poison is also found in pufferfish.

  2. Science & Society

    Coronavirus lockdowns may have avoided 531 million infections

    Studies find big benefits from global coronavirus lockdowns. More than a half a billion of the potentially deadly infections appear to have been avoided.

  3. Animals

    When prey get scarce, these jellies become cannibals

    Invasive comb jellies may feast on their larvae if massive population booms in summer deplete their prey.

  4. Animals

    Lots of frogs and salamanders have a secret glow

    A widespread ability to glow in brilliant colors could make amphibians easier to track down in the wild.

  5. Science & Society

    How much do masks help against COVID-19?

    There’s a range of masks available to the public. From purchased to home-made coverings, all should help — some a lot more than others.

  6. Microbes

    Check out the communities of bacteria living on your tongue

    Bacteria scraped off the tongue offer a window into how the microbes structure their communities.

  7. Life

    Here’s how butterfly wings keep cool in the sun

    Butterfly wings sport structures that let living tissues release more heat than the rest of the wing.

  8. Health & Medicine

    What ‘community’ spread of coronavirus means

    Health experts warn there are probably many undetected cases already in the United States, raising chances the disease will soon be widespread.

  9. Animals

    Ouch! Jellyfish snot can hurt people who never touch the animal

    A goo shed by at least one species of upside-down jellyfish contains stinging cells. They can cause pain even to creatures that never touch the jelly.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Immune arms-race in bats may make their viruses deadly to people

    An overactive immune system may help bats avoid being sickened by many viruses. This may viruses becoming stronger — and deadlier — when they hit other species.