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. Animals

    Picture This: Rare tiger becomes mom

    Zolushka is the first Amur tiger to be reintroduced to the wild and have cubs. She are her two young were caught on a camera trap.

  2. Animals

    Elephants’ trunks: These leaf-blowers snag food

    Researchers at a Japanese zoo filmed two elephants using their trunks as leaf-blowers, pulling food toward them with puffs of air.

  3. Animals

    Hummingbird tongues may be tiny pumps

    Scientists had thought that hummingbird tongues work through capillary action. A new study, though, concludes they work like little pumps.

  4. Agriculture

    Made in the shade

    Agroforestry combines woody plants and agriculture. Growing trees alongside crops and livestock benefits wildlife, environment, climate — and farmers.

  5. Animals

    A whale of a journey

    The 5,200-kilometer (3,200 mile) journey of Isabela provides a window into the migration patterns of blue whales.

  6. Animals

    This endangered species gives new meaning to ‘single mom’

    Scientists have found DNA evidence that in the wild, sawfish have produced offspring without mating. That’s a first for an animal with a backbone.

  7. Animals

    Where an ant goes when it’s gotta go

    The black garden ant has been spotted defecating inside its own nest. Scientists now characterize these spots as ant toilets.

  8. Animals

    Cats and foxes are eating up Australia’s mammals

    Since the arrival of Europeans in Australia, a startling number of mammal species have disappeared. A new study puts much of the blame on cats and foxes introduced by the early settlers.

  9. Animals

    Shark: Who’s your daddy?

    Female sharks can store sperm from a male for months before releasing a case containing a fertilized egg. But almost 4 years? That’s a new record that has biologists scratching their heads over how this could have happened.

  10. Animals

    Climate change brings new neighborhood birds

    Climate change has made winters a little bit warmer. Many bird species are now wintering a lot farther north than they did a few decades ago, a new study finds.