Lauren Leffer

Lauren is a former bug scientist and now a science and environmental writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a breaking news reporter at Gizmodo.

Her work has appeared in Popular Science, National Geographic, Audubon Magazine, and elsewhere. Previously, she was a research biologist, entomologist, park naturalist, and curriculum writer.

In addition to reporting and writing journalism, she has experience in fact checking, editing, audio production, video, and creative non-fiction. When she’s not working, she’s (hopefully) hiking.

Mind and Body

Covid-19 is here to stay. Should you still try to avoid it?

Avoiding infection is still worthwhile.


The dangerous way tourism is polluting Antarctica and accelerating melting

Even the most remote place on Earth isn’t safe from pollution.


This "green" solution might have made cars even worse for the planet

Corn has consequences.

Monkeying Around

Chimps use crushed bugs to treat wounds like we use Neosporin

This challenges our definition of empathy.


A new study is complicating the idea that ‘Meat Made Us Human”

A widely accepted theory on meat's role in human evolution could be the result of sampling bias.