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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Health & Medicine

    Warning: Climate change can harm your health

    Climate change will affect human health through such things as more frequent bouts of extreme weather, shifts in disease patterns, changes in air and water pollution.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Climate change poses mental health risks to children and teens

    Climate change doesn’t just hurt people’s physical health. It’s bad for mental health, too. Children and teens are especially at risk, say experts.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Workers won’t work as well in a very warm world

    How well and how much people are able to work will suffer because of heat stress in a warming world. That, in turn, can lead to additional health impacts.

  7. Science & Society

    These scientists help rescue ‘broken’ digital art

    Computer-based art is more fragile than you might think. Fortunately, computer science offers new ways to restore these digital creations.

  8. Health & Medicine

    Vaccines help everyone — even the unvaccinated

    Vaccines are safe and save lives. But when people say no to them, there can be big — and even deadly — costs to their families and many others, too.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Why some people think they know more than vaccine experts

    New research sheds light on why some people choose myths over science when it comes to vaccines.

  10. Health & Medicine

    Explainer: Vaccines are not linked to autism

    Some parents say no to children’s vaccines because they worry immunizations could cause autism. But science has looked again and again and still finds no causal tie.

  11. Science & Society

    Students strike to spur adults into climate action

    Students worldwide are demanding action on climate change. Coordinated school strikes were slated to take place around the world on March 15.

  12. Science & Society

    School bullying has risen in areas that supported Trump

    Bullying rose in areas that favored Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 election for U.S. president. The new findings come from surveys of Virginia middle school students.