LAURA POPPICK

I am a freelance science writer with roots in rocks, ice, oceans, and environmental change. My work has appeared in ScienceNOW, Wired Science, Live Science, The San Jose Mercury News, amongst other publications. I graduated from the UC Santa Cruz Graduate Program in Science Communication in 2013, and now live in Portland, Maine.

 

In addition to freelance science reporting, I develop science exhibit content and curricula as the Science Coordinator at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine.


So Why Does a Zebra Really Have Stripes? |THE WASHINGTON POST via LIVE SCIENCE, January 2015| • The iconic stripes of zebras may play a dynamic role in this animal's ability to regulate body temperature and avoid nasty fly bites.

So Why Does a Zebra Really Have Stripes? |THE WASHINGTON POST via LIVE SCIENCE, January 2015|  The iconic stripes of zebras may play a dynamic role in this animal's ability to regulate body temperature and avoid nasty fly bites.

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Meet the Couple Who Could Be the First Humans to Travel to Mars |WIRED SCIENCE, July 2014| • Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum have been planning a trip to Mars for 20 years now. They have finally accrued most of the materials they would need to survive the trip -- but not the flight vehicle.

Meet the Couple Who Could Be the First Humans to Travel to Mars |WIRED SCIENCE, July 2014| • Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum have been planning a trip to Mars for 20 years now. They have finally accrued most of the materials they would need to survive the trip -- but not the flight vehicle.

The Women Who Removed Birds From People's Hats |LADYBITS on POPULAR SCIENCE BLOGS, May 2014| • The modern conservation movement has its roots in a crusade of women infuriated by the Victorian fad of pinning birds to hats. 

The Women Who Removed Birds From People's Hats |LADYBITS on POPULAR SCIENCE BLOGS, May 2014| • The modern conservation movement has its roots in a crusade of women infuriated by the Victorian fad of pinning birds to hats. 


• From the Archives 

Bizarre Fire Ants Create Rafts to Survive Frequent Floods |SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN via LIVE SCIENCE, Nov. 2013| • Fire ants clump their bodies in such a way that allows them to float on water for weeks at a time. 

Bizarre Fire Ants Create Rafts to Survive Frequent Floods |SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN via LIVE SCIENCE, Nov. 2013| • Fire ants clump their bodies in such a way that allows them to float on water for weeks at a time. 

Mysterious Disease Turning Sea Stars to Goo May Disrupt Tidal Ecosystems |DISCOVERY NEWS via LIVE SCIENCE, Nov. 2013| A disease has spread both U.S. coasts that has turned thousands of sea stars into goo.

Mysterious Disease Turning Sea Stars to Goo May Disrupt Tidal Ecosystems |DISCOVERY NEWS via LIVE SCIENCE, Nov. 2013| A disease has spread both U.S. coasts that has turned thousands of sea stars into goo.

Shutdown Could Flush Years of Antarctic Research Down the Drain |LIVE SCIENCE, Oct. 2013| • A decade of planning and $10 million of funding could (and did) go to waste due to the government shutdown.  

Shutdown Could Flush Years of Antarctic Research Down the Drain |LIVE SCIENCE, Oct. 2013| • A decade of planning and $10 million of funding could (and did) go to waste due to the government shutdown.  

Ancient Forest Thaws from Melting Glacial Tomb |LIVE SCIENCE, SEPT 2013| • An Alaskan forest that has been buried beneath a glacier for more than 1,000 years has now begun thawing with the glacier's retreat. 

Ancient Forest Thaws from Melting Glacial Tomb |LIVE SCIENCE, SEPT 2013| • An Alaskan forest that has been buried beneath a glacier for more than 1,000 years has now begun thawing with the glacier's retreat. 

Sweet Success: Chocolate Structure Whets Appetite for Innovation |LIVE SCIENCE, JULY 2013| • A Princeton engineer has concocted a chocolate-lover's dream: A (theoretically edible) structure made entirely out of chocolate.

Sweet Success: Chocolate Structure Whets Appetite for Innovation |LIVE SCIENCE, JULY 2013| • A Princeton engineer has concocted a chocolate-lover's dream: A (theoretically edible) structure made entirely out of chocolate.

Nanostructures Make Viper Skin Ultra-Black and Stealthy |WIRED SCIENCE, MAY 2013| • The African Gaboon viper owes its superb camouflage abilities to hair-like nanostructures in its jet-black scales. 

Nanostructures Make Viper Skin Ultra-Black and Stealthy |WIRED SCIENCE, MAY 2013| • The African Gaboon viper owes its superb camouflage abilities to hair-like nanostructures in its jet-black scales. 

One Hobbyist's Stunning Collection of Beetles from Around the World |WIRED SCIENCE, APRIL 2013| • A retired meat researcher from Germany's Federal Center for Meat Research in Bavaria has picked up a hobby that consumes most of his time: beetle collecting. Over the past 30 years, he has amassed more than 30,000 specimens. He is also a talented photographer. Here are some of his most stunning images.

One Hobbyist's Stunning Collection of Beetles from Around the World |WIRED SCIENCE, APRIL 2013| • A retired meat researcher from Germany's Federal Center for Meat Research in Bavaria has picked up a hobby that consumes most of his time: beetle collecting. Over the past 30 years, he has amassed more than 30,000 specimens. He is also a talented photographer. Here are some of his most stunning images.

Tree rings for lobsters |SCIENCENOW, DEC 2012| • Crustaceans hide their ages well, since they shed their shell every year when they molt. But a Canadian marine biologist has now discovered growth rings in lobsters, shrimp, and crabs, as reliable as trees rings and clam shells. 

Tree rings for lobsters |SCIENCENOW, DEC 2012| • Crustaceans hide their ages well, since they shed their shell every year when they molt. But a Canadian marine biologist has now discovered growth rings in lobsters, shrimp, and crabs, as reliable as trees rings and clam shells. 

Could marine cloud machines cool the planet? |MONGABAY.COM, NOV 2012| • Marine cloud brightening has been on the table as a geoengineering option for over 20 years. But will the researchers involved ever get enough funding to test if it will work safely?

Could marine cloud machines cool the planet? |MONGABAY.COM, NOV 2012| • Marine cloud brightening has been on the table as a geoengineering option for over 20 years. But will the researchers involved ever get enough funding to test if it will work safely?


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