Sarah Zielinski

Managing editor, Science News for Students

Sarah Zielinski is a science writer and editor with more than a decade of experience covering a wide breadth of science, from astronomy to zoology. A former editor at Smithsonian magazine, she has been published in Scientific American, Discover, National Geographic News, Science and Slate. She received the DCSWA 2010 Science News Brief Award, and an honorable mention in 2017. She has a B.A. in biological sciences from Cornell University and an M.A. in journalism through New York University’s Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She has two cats, Oscar and Saffir.

All Stories by Sarah Zielinski

  1. Science & Society

    Explainer: Weather and weather prediction

    The sun and Earth combine to create the planet’s weather systems. And science is getting good at predicting what they’ll do.

  2. Animals

    To become Australians, these spiders crossed an ocean

    The ancestors of a species of trapdoor spider must have survived a journey from Africa, a new genetic analysis finds.

  3. Animals

    Poop-eating gulls can be pain in the butt for seal pups

    The birds can harm baby fur seals as they try to dine on fresh parasites in the pups’ feces.

  4. Animals

    Three simple rules guide fire ants in building towers

    Fire ants build towers of ants to protect themselves during a flood. New research reveals the simple rules that guide how they do this, no foreman needed.

  5. Animals

    Wildebeest drownings feed a river ecosystem for years

    Hundreds or thousands of wildebeests can drown at a time in the Mara River. Those carcasses, however, will feed a succession of other animals.

  6. Animals

    Toss and slap — how dolphins disarm a dangerous meal

    Octopus can be a deadly meal, especially if you don’t have hands to cut it up. But dolphins in Australia have figured out how to eat octopus without choking to death.

  7. Animals

    Industrious badger caught burying an entire cow

    Badgers are known to bury small animals. That allows them to save a meal for future dining. Now researchers have caught them caching something much bigger: young cows.

  8. Animals

    Wild hamsters raised on corn eat their young alive

    European hamsters raised in the lab turn into crazy cannibals when fed a diet rich in corn, new data show. The problem may trace to a shortage of a key vitamin.

  9. The most popular stories of 2016

    Our readers really like the disgusting side of things! From zombies to rot to cockroach milk, here’s what you were reading in 2016.

  10. Science & Society

    Adults can sabotage a student’s path in science or math

    Parents and teachers can unwittingly pass on messages about science and math to kids, who then think that STEM is not for them.