Author Archives: Madeline McCurry-Schmidt

About Madeline McCurry-Schmidt

I'm a science writer specializing in biological sciences and animal behavior.

Let’s talk turtle sex

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt People are incredibly curious about how turtles have sex. This blog gets fairly good traffic based mainly on the search term “how do turtles have sex.” I wrote about turtle sex once, about two years ago. Based … Continue reading

Posted in Reptiles, Sea life | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Review: “Wild Ones” shows a new side of our shrinking world

I’ll miss the sharks. I’ll miss the sea turtles and the manatees. These are the species that have my heart—and that’s not fair. In his 2013 book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropods, Mammals, Notes from Madeline | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Honeybee study holds clues for humans

I recently moved from small-town Illinois to big-city California, and now a new article has me wondering if this move could have changed my genes. In this article for Pacific Standard, science writer David Dobbs explains how bees, birds and … Continue reading

Posted in Insects, Notes from Madeline | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Two years, countless animal facts

I’m wrapping up my current job at the American Society of Animal Science. It has been a crazy couple of years, and I’ve learned so much. For example, a sheep’s placenta is very similar to a human placenta. That’s why … Continue reading

Posted in Notes from Madeline | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Squid sperm to the rescue

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt I’m in research mode today. I was reading The Disappearing Spoon last week (it’s a fun book, I recommend it), and the author mentioned that Rosalind Franklin used squid sperm in her DNA studies. The author didn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Sea life | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Why did pregnant women need rabbits?

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Here’s a confession: I’ve never used a typewriter. I’ve also never dialed on a rotary phone or played a eight-track tape. I was a deprived child of the 1990s. One technology I don’t have a hipster-like nostalgia … Continue reading

Posted in Mammals | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From “Shark Lady” to shark soup

By Madeline McCurry-Schmidt Shark news update! While beachgoers in Florida worry about a shark attack off St. Augustine, shark behavior research goes strong. First — A shameless plug. I had to investigate when I ran into a reference to Dr. … Continue reading

Posted in Fish, Notes from Madeline, Sea life | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment