Dr. Jasna Hodžić holds a Ph.D. in ecology and is a writer based out of the western United States. Prior to pursuing a doctorate, she worked as an accomplished and award-winning photojournalist. An expert in environmental ecology and science writing, she is particularly interested in science communication that bridges the knowledge gap between scientists and the public. You can find more of her writing and photography at www.jasnahodzic.blog.
The moths in your garden might hear your tomato plant's pain.
Ancient humans crossed the Bering Strait land bridge from Asia into North America. But some of them went back.
Carnivores, herbivores, omnivores — and now virivores.
Toxoplasmosis, which results from a chance encounter with a cougar and the parasite it carries, can push a wolf to seek alpha status.
The dating pool is small — no pun intended.
We want to fight invasive species. But to wage a war, you have to know who your enemy is.
Tracing the origin and development of jaws — and other anatomical features that humans share — sheds some light on how we came to be.
Pando is a stand of aspen in Utah that is 14,000 years old and weighs 12 million pounds. Humans threaten to end its long reign.
Advances in ancient DNA analysis gave researchers a new way to trace the movements of peoples across Eurasia.
Asteroid collisions aren't always bad.
Organisms respond in similar ways to similar circumstances.
The 557-million-year-old specimen challenges the theory that animal body plans were laid out in the Cambrian explosion.
Predatory dinosaurs with big skulls tend to have tiny arms. Researchers propose there might be a direct link between those traits.
New research finds that dinosaurs were already adapted to living in cold climates before the end-Triassic mass extinction. But how?
Fossils of Australopithecus in a South African cave are one million years older than previously thought. This challenges the consensus that humans first evolved in East Africa.
Back to the drawing board.
All marbled crayfish descended from a single clone discovered in Heidelberg, Germany in 1995.
It's not about leaves in tall trees.
The long-standing debate over whether dinosaurs were more like birds or lizards is drawing to a close.
We already know animals feel emotions, and that they can understand humans' emotions. But can they understand each other's emotions?
A recent advance in 3D imaging techniques helped spark the biggest ever discovery of North American cave art.
The simulation gave researchers some of the first concrete data linking climate change to human evolution and speciation.
They were more like blue whales with a mean bite.
A study involving nearly 2,000 people found links between personality traits and the likelihood of moving toward or away from dementia.
There is strong evidence that invertebrates are sentient beings.
An emerging field studies parasites that take over the nervous system of a host.
There may be thousands of undiscovered mammal species in the world. Most are small, like bats and rodents, but there could be primates, too. A lifeline for Bigfoot enthusiasts?
There were at least eight other human species, some of whom existed for far longer than we have. Who were they?
Scientists across a range of disciplines have helped solve Darwin's dilemma.
Chimpanzees are able to consider the context of social interactions and can accept unfavorable outcomes — sometimes.