I’m Betsy Ladyzhets, a data journalist and science writer. I currently work as a Research Associate at Stacker, where I am responsible for managing the publication’s science, health, and lifestyle content, and I’m available for additional freelance work. My past work has appeared in outlets including Science News, Bwog (Columbia Student News), and the communications of Black Rock Forest. I seek to use data and a variety of storytelling formats to build connections between scientists and readers with all levels of scientific knowledge.

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How the U.S. census has measured race over 230 years

As the 2020 U.S. census gets under way, a review of historical data shows the difficulties in measuring race.

Australia’s fires have already killed 1 billion animals—unpacking the tragedy through statistics

To demonstrate the scale of this environmental crisis, Stacker scoured news reports and research on Australia’s fires to identify 15 key statistics on the environmental damage caused by these fires, as well as the political legacy they are leaving.

From sloths to clownfish: 20 examples of teamwork across the animal kingdom

For this story, Stacker scoured the scientific literature (and surveyed a few of our science communication friends) to compile a list of 20 incredible mutualisms showcasing how different life forms can work together.

Spider-Man Far From Home is Native Advertising for United Airlines

Is Spider-Man: Far From Home a movie about Peter finding new responsibility on a global scale after becoming an Avenger, or is it about how he just had to fly United for his summer vacation?

Major cities most at risk of rising sea levels

Climate change will not wait for administrative reform. Using data from Climate Central, Stacker ranks the 30 major U.S. cities which will have the most residents in flood-prone areas by 2050.

America’s most common ticks and how to identify them

Stacker has compiled information and photos from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help you identify the ten tick species which pose the greatest threats to Americans this summer.