Kathiann Kowalski

Freelance Writer

Kathiann Kowalski loves talking with scientists and engineers about their work and why it matters. And she loves getting into the field — whether that’s at a lab, in a research forest, at a drilling site or on a research boat. She has written more than 700 articles, plus 25 books for young people. “There’s always something new happening — and something new to learn,” she says.

 

Kathi graduated from Hofstra University in New York and got her law degree from Harvard Law School in Massachusetts. She previously practiced environmental law with a large firm. Kathi enjoys hiking, sewing, reading and travel.

All Stories by Kathiann Kowalski

  1. Earth

    An accident didn’t stop this geologist from doing field work

    Anita Marshall works to make it easier for other people with physical disabilities to pursue a research career.

  2. Science & Society

    Do school-shooter drills hurt students more than they help?

    There’s no set standard for shooter drills held at most U.S. schools. Experts are beginning to ask whether certain drills might hurt students more than they help.

  3. Health & Medicine

    Five ways to cope if shooter drills stress you out

    Experts offer tips for students who might feel stressed by drills to prepare for a possible school shooter.

  4. Climate

    This scientist wants to motivate you to fight climate change

    Getting lost in science fiction helps Shahzeen Attari reimagine what our future could look like.

  5. Science & Society

    Study links racism with signs of depression in Black teens

    Among teens, just two weeks of frequent racial discrimination was enough to worsen signs of possible depression, a new study finds.

  6. Materials Science

    The future of crystal-based solar energy just got brighter

    Researchers have upped the efficiency of layered solar cells that could be printed or painted onto surfaces. Now they are working to make them more rugged.

  7. Science & Society

    Studies test ways to slow the spread of fake news

    Don’t share news online until you verify it. New studies explore who shares fake news, how to spot false stories and how to fact-check.

  8. Psychology

    Scientists investigate suicide risk among LGBTQ+ teens

    LGBTQ+ youths face higher suicide risks because of how society treats them as members of minority groups. But resources are available. And all teens can help.

  9. Psychology

    Students can sway how their parents view climate change

    Teens and tweens can sway their parents’ views about climate change if they talk about it, sharing what they learned in school, a new study finds.

  10. Environment

    Studies show how homes can pollute indoor air

    Cooking, cleaning, applying makeup or deodorant and other activities may sometimes leave indoor air as polluted — or worse — than outdoor air, new research suggests.