Laura Poppick

I am a freelance science journalist with roots in rocks, ice, oceans, and environmental change. I have written for Smithsonian, Audubon, Wired, Live Science, and elsewhere and have a graduate degree in Science Communication from UC Santa Cruz.

I live in Portland, Maine where I spend my free time exploring the rocky coastline looking for places to surf, climb, swim or ski.


 Recent Stories

When Humans Begin Colonizing Other Planets, Who Should Be in Charge?|SMITHSONIAN, FEBRUARY 2017| The biggest threat humans pose to other worlds is what we don’t know—or what we think we know, but don’t.

When Humans Begin Colonizing Other Planets, Who Should Be in Charge?|SMITHSONIAN, FEBRUARY 2017| The biggest threat humans pose to other worlds is what we don’t know—or what we think we know, but don’t.

So Why Does a Zebra Really Have Stripes? |THE WASHINGTON POST via LIVE SCIENCE, JANUARY 2015|   

So Why Does a Zebra Really Have Stripes? |THE WASHINGTON POST via LIVE SCIENCE, JANUARY 2015| 

 


• From the Archives 

Tree rings for lobsters |SCIENCE, December 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 |SCIENCE, December 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. 


 • Fieldwork • 

Somehow, I continue finding work in amazing places.

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