Russell McLendon

Russell McLendon
I'm science editor for MNN, where I help plan, produce and edit content for the site. I cover a wide range of topics related to nature, science and sustainability, mostly by writing but also sometimes by drawing cartoons or infographics.

I've been with MNN since 2008, watching it grow from a tiny startup into one of the world's top environmental news sites. I've also had a lifelong fascination with nature, probably due to all the time I spent exploring my backyard as a kid — along with years of indoctrination by Ranger Rick, Mr. Wizard and Captain Planet.

I have degrees in journalism and environmental anthropology from the University of Georgia, where I also served as a reporter, editor and cartoonist for the independent student newspaper. Before joining MNN, I covered local news and sports in Louisiana and worked as a copy editor for Creative Loafing in Atlanta.

If I'm not writing or drawing, there's a good chance I'm running in the woods, struggling to grow tomatoes or trying to keep up with my son as he explores the backyard.

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Why don't bears' muscles atrophy during hibernation?

Endangered black rhino baby born on Christmas Eve at Michigan zoo

Snow is teeming with tiny life

White Island volcano erupts in New Zealand

NASA image reveals 'cosmic candy cane' at the center of the Milky Way

Rural community that lost two coal mines is now teaching kids to install solar panels

7 mind-bending facts about magic mushrooms

Catastrophic fires in Australia raise concerns about the future of koalas

How to recycle your Christmas lights

How did animals survive 'Snowball Earth'?

Meteorological winter arrives with a roar in North America

A blue whale's heart may only beat twice per minute when diving for food