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Ula Chrobak

Freelance writer, editor and fact checker

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Bringing Dog Training to Heel


Efforts to regulate dog training have centered on studies examining the efficacy of punishment as a training tool.

You Don’t Have a Clue What Your Dog Is Feeling


A new study found that humans are terrible at reading canine body language. But with the help of a few experts, you can learn.

Dogs Can Have Human-Like Anxiety. They Need Human-Like Treatment.


As with people, some dogs may be more neurologically prone to anxiety. But canine stress is often mistaken for mischief.

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Are Microbes the Future of Recycling? It’s Complicated.


An enzyme-based recycling technology is poised to go commercial, but questions about cost and scalability linger.

Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are on the rise. But why?

Knowable Magazine

The complex interplay of ticks, their habitats and hosts — along with changes in land use and climate — may be enabling the spread of the pathogens they carry

Climate change is altering the chemistry of wine

Knowable Magazine

Warming, wildfires and unpredictable weather threaten to disrupt the delicate processes that underlie treasured wines. Researchers and producers are innovating to keep ahead.

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The Science of Rockfall

Climbing magazine

That fateful day in 2008 launched a decade of collaborative work between Stock, fellow geologists, and climbers.

How to rebuild California forests, with climate in mind

Knowable magazine

After the catastrophic fires of the past decade, land managers may need to reseed vast acreages. Can they buffer against climate change in the process?

The fight to save America’s most endangered mammal

Popular Science

Black-footed ferrets could come back from near extinction, but some ranchers don’t want them on public lands.

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