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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.
Stories by Kim Tingley
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.
April 16, 2012
The scalloped hammerhead has a doppelganger. So what was once a single threatened species is now two -- and both are worse off than we thought.
March 22, 2012
A hearty slow-growing seagrass that blankets the floor of the Mediterranean was able to withstand the last ice age. But can it survive climate change?
February 2, 2012
Human waste is running offshore in the Caribbean and infecting elkhorn coral -- critical habitat for other sea creatures -- with one bad bug.
January 17, 2012
Too many brothers mean big trouble for female marmots. They don’t tease her or pull hair, but they could ruin her future family life.
January 3, 2012
It’s only 2 millimeters long, but this insect’s mating call can compete with the roar of a lawnmower. Engineers are seeking its sonorous secret.
December 21, 2011
On an island in the Indian Ocean, exotic tortoises fill in for long-gone natives and give dwindling ebony trees a chance to make a comeback.
September 1, 2011
A special group of false killer whales has got our backs. Why we should have theirs.
August 9, 2011
They’re ugly. They ooze slime. Their digestive systems are partially on the outside. They creep along the seafloor and eat sunken whale corpses. And hagfish could represent the transitional form to vertebrate species like our own.
July 29, 2011
As honeybees continue to desert their hives and die in large numbers, new research suggests that the insects may respond to stress in ways that seem an awful lot like humans do.
July 5, 2011
This conveniently transparent flatworm species engages in some particularly kinky reproductive practices (by human standards, at least).
June 21, 2011
It isn’t just humans who respond to photos of our pals. But in the case of macaques, to friend or not to friend could mean the difference between life and death.
June 9, 2011
The Florida panther has leapt back from the brink, but not everyone is so thrilled about it.