Author: Mara Grunbaum

Mara Grunbaum studied English and environmental science at NYU. Before returning to New York, she worked for several years as a freelance reporter in Portland, Oregon, where she wrote about local politics, poverty and social justice. As a science reporter, she's most interested in biology, ecology and most anything having to do with the ocean. You can also read her blog or follow her on Twitter.

Pees and Carrots

Pees and Carrots

Researchers say human urine works great as sustainable fertilizer

By Mara Grunbaum | Posted July 23, 2010

Beast of the Week: The Handfish

Beast of the Week: The Handfish

Rare ocean creatures use hand-like fins to “walk” over the sea floor.

By Mara Grunbaum | Posted June 2, 2010

How Do Barnacles Attach to Whales?

How Do Barnacles Attach to Whales?

It’s hard out there for a symbiotic barnacle, but somehow they find a way

By Mara Grunbaum | Posted March 22, 2010

Amateur Birders Become Scientists Online

Amateur Birders Become Scientists Online

Fledgling birding project is the next generation in citizen science

By Mara Grunbaum | Posted February 16, 2010

See, Urchin!

See, Urchin!

Spiky echinoderms use spines for complex vision

By Mara Grunbaum | Posted February 7, 2010

They Got the Beat

They Got the Beat

Rhythm in animals reveals evolution of human music

By Mara Grunbaum | Posted February 5, 2010

Call Me Fishmeal

Call Me Fishmeal

Biologists discover new worm species on submerged whale carcasses.

By Mara Grunbaum | Posted October 4, 2009