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Kim Tingley
Kim Tingley is a regular contributor to OnEarth and the New York Times Magazine. She has an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University and in 2012 received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, given annually to six female writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers.
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Stories by Kim Tingley
April 4, 2014
Scientists are tapping into the secret wisdom of trees—even when they don't know what they're looking for.
March 19, 2014
Scientists serendipitously discovered a new technique for measuring the impact of offshore oil spills. Will we be smart enough to make their happy accident a permanent part of our disaster response?
December 30, 2013
The mysterious patterns known as fractals exist where nature, art, and higher math all meet. Are they clues to a hidden natural order?
October 10, 2013
That glow in fireflies, jellyfish, and mushrooms is not just pretty. It's also an irreplaceable scientific tool.
August 19, 2013
A record number of pups were found emaciated on southern California beaches this year. Can scientists figure out why—and predict if it will happen again?
August 1, 2013
A growing body of research is proving that intelligent life has been with us all along: crawling under rocks, nesting in trees, and swimming offshore.
June 24, 2013
On the trail of the 'Windsor hum,' a mysterious noise that’s making Canadians crazy.
February 1, 2013
Wolverines have a reputation as voracious, flesh-ripping hellions, but their tamer predilection for raising their young in deep, snowy dens might prove more dangerous to the species.
November 6, 2012
Coyotes are colonizing many of America’s biggest cities, challenging our notions of where wildlife belongs.
October 1, 2012
Another example of awesome nature in action: these South American insects walk around with "explosive backpacks" capable of creating toxic blue goo to take out opponents -- and themselves.
September 6, 2012
As we enter what could be the world's sixth mass extinction, we may need to make some very difficult decisions.
August 13, 2012
Few humans would be jealous of the naked mole rat’s fleshy, squishy appearance, but many might envy the animal’s imperviousness to aging.
July 3, 2012
One of the globe’s most eccentric species has three eyes, an unusually long lifespan -- and a creative way of chewing that bears comparison to a handsaw.
June 1, 2012
Floridians are accustomed to sharing their lawns and golf courses with unruly alligators. Now the more bashful American crocodile is jostling for space and attention.