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. Ecosystems

    Algae embedded in sea ice drive the Arctic food web

    Scientists traced where zooplankton in the Arctic get their energy from. Many open ocean species rely on algae found in sea ice, which is disappearing.

  2. Health & Medicine

    Even some Olympic athletes cheat with drugs

    Some athletes have been using banned drugs or other methods to boost their performance. But scientists are working on new ways to catch them.

  3. Animals

    This mammal has the world’s slowest metabolism

    A sloth species manages to exist with a super-slow metabolism by moving little and using its environment for heating and cooling its body.

  4. Animals

    Leapin’ eels! Video shows they attack with zaps

    When a predator threatens an electric eel from above, the animals leap up to deliver a shocking defense.

  5. Animals

    Catching ‘Dory’ fish can poison entire coral reef ecosystems

    More than half of saltwater-aquarium fish sold in the United States may have been caught in the wild using cyanide, new data show.

  6. Animals

    Spiders eat insects — and sometimes veggies

    Plant-eating spiders have been found on every continent except Antarctica, a new study notes.

  7. Animals

    Cool Jobs: Pet science

    Pets make great subjects for research. These scientists work to make our animals — and us — healthier and happier.

  8. Animals

    Parasites give brine shrimp super powers

    When infected with parasitic worms, brine shrimp survive better in waters laced with toxic arsenic, a new study finds.

  9. Animals

    Bugs that call your house home

    A survey of North Carolina homes found hundreds of species of insects, arachnids and other arthropods. Most, though, were harmless.

  10. Animals

    Algal poison can harm sea lion memory

    Sea lions exposed to toxic algae can experience seizures and brain damage. New research shows that the toxin also causes impairments to memory.