Tara Yarlagadda

Tara Yarlagadda is Inverse’s nature reporter. Based in Los Angeles, Tara covers a variety of beats, including weird and exciting animal news, the latest in pet science, important updates on the climate crisis and the environment, as well as any other groundbreaking research in the big bad world of nature.

Prior to working at Inverse, Tara received an M.A in Literary Reportage (Journalism) from New York University. She’s worked as a fact-checker for The New York Times Syndicate and a local news reporter for Bedford + Bowery, a collaboration between New York University and New York magazine. She’s also published freelance work in a number of other sites, including PBS NewsHour, The New York Times, HowStuffWorks, Paste, The New Food Economy, and more.

In her previous life, Tara worked in social justice and nonprofits, giving her a special interest in understanding how the climate crisis impacts the most marginalized communities. She also dabbles in novel writing and screenwriting in her spare time, using her passion for the environment to write some very post-apocalyptic parables. You can connect with Tara on her personal website or on Twitter @TaraYarla.

Cat Corner

Why is my cat scratching furniture? The answer might surprise you

Scientists identify a surprising link between this feline behavior and emotional closeness.

Global Disaster

1.8 billion people face once-in-a-century flooding, study reveals

A shocking number of people globally are at risk of floods.

Reel Science
Reel Science
A Dog's Mind

What is my dog thinking? Science may finally have an answer

New research yields surprising insights into a dog's mind.

Climate Crisis

Climate change and air pollution are wrecking children’s health, a landmark review reveals

The research leaves no doubt about the devastating threat of climate change and air pollution to children.

Bunny Business

A fatal bunny disease is rampaging through the U.S. — here's what you need to know

Bunny owners, organizations and vets weigh in with their advice and concerns about the disease.

Reel Science

The zaniest sci-fi movie on Netflix reveals a real way to manipulate the weather

Can you really control the weather? Here's what an expert has to say.

What's in a Name?

Scientists were baffled by this fruit's quirky biology — but indigenous people knew the answer for centuries

Researchers are still catching up to traditional Indigenous knowledge when it comes to classifying plant species.

Canines & Covid-19

Can dogs detect Covid-19 better than rapid tests? Here’s what the science says

Canine detection could serve as an alternative to traditional tests.

Protect Our Planet
Canine Connection

Growing up with a dog could reduce your chances of gut disease — study

The connection between gut health and canine love is an intricate one.

Reel Science

The best dinosaur show of the decade is based on ancient clues and fossils

Buried in our fossil record lies clues to the lives of prehistoric animals, including, yes, dinosaurs.

Climate Crisis

Can hummingbirds survive climate change? Scientists say it's complicated

New climate change research could spell bad news for hummingbirds.

Pet Science

Why is my cat peeing everywhere? Pet experts explain this surprisingly complex behavior

If Fluffy is peeing outside the litter box, consider it a warning sign.

Reel Science

The most controversial alien sci-fi movie on Amazon Prime explores a murky theory on the origin of life

Is it problematic to suggest aliens are the origin of life on Earth? Let's explain.

Toxic Truth

Pollution is responsible for one in six deaths each year — and it’s getting worse

It's a sobering finding, but scientists hope it will serve as a wake-up call.

Climate Solutions

Can restaurant menus help diners choose climate-friendly meals?

Two key fixes could seriously reduce greenhouse gas emissions when eating out.

Reel Science
Pet Science