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.

Climate Solutions

Huge Underground Networks of an Unlikely Organism Are a Natural Carbon Superhighway

Fungi may hold surprising data that we’ll need in the fight against climate change.

Pet Science

Why Does My Dog Sit Facing Away From Me? A Pet Expert Explains

Their behavior might not be as strange as you think.


"Unprecedented" Science Expedition Unlocks New Genetic Clues To Help Save Coral Reefs

The groundbreaking research on microbes could help us understand an "ecosystem in crisis."

Pet Science

Should I Let My Cat Go Outdoors? 3 Reasons to Keep Your Pet Inside

Keep Fluffy indoors for her protection.

Climate Solutions

This Experimental Soil Transplant Could Help Trees Become Climate Resilient

Climate-resilient trees make for a happy planet.

Climate Solutions

Can This “Unprecedented” Experiment in the Amazon Help Save Our Planet?

Could this unorthodox method help us prepare for future climate change?

Reel Science

The Strangest Sci-Fi Movie on Netflix Reveals An Experimental Method to Reverse Aging

Can we really turn back the clock on aging like in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button?


An Innocuous Dye Could Hold the Antidote to the World’s Deadliest Mushroom

We may finally have an antidote to end the death knell of the death cap mushroom.

Pet Science

Pregnant Dogs and Women Have One Surprising Thing in Common

Metabolism during pregnancy is understudied — but new research on dogs could help humans, too.

Reel Science

The MCU’s First Smash Hit Gets One Thing Right About Nuclear Fusion

Is Iron Man's arc reactor possible in real life? Experts weigh in on the sci-fi movie's premise.


Moss Is A Powerful Carbon Storage Solution. Can It Help Fight Climate Change?

It's an overlooked but likely important resource for ecosystems worldwide.

Pet Science

Why Is My Dog Shaking? Pet Experts Answer This Important Question

Assess the context to figure out what’s up with your pup.


The Messiest Sci-Fi Show of the Year Is Also the Most Important

Extrapolations is must-see TV in the era of climate change.

Reel Science

The Wildest Gerard Butler Sci-Fi Movie on HBO Max Barely Understands Its Own Science

Geostorm has a ludicrous premise — and even more ludicrous technology.

Reel Science

The Wildest Sci-Fi Thriller on Amazon Prime Reveals a Strange Aerial Phenomenon

Is it a UFO, or just a really weird cloud?

Pet Science

This Is Why Your Cat Freaks Out When You Say "Pspspsps"

Here's why your cat goes wild for this peculiar noise.


The Decade-Long Perfect Storm Behind Florida’s Viral “Seaweed Blob”

The “blob” isn’t a blob, and it isn’t new ... but you may see a lot more of it.


What the Latest Deadly US Storm Reveals About Predicting Tornadoes

Tornado prediction has gotten better since Twister, so why are storms still deadly?

Pet Science

Does My Dog Have Anxiety? Expert-Backed Tips to Help Your Anxious Pup

Inverse answers all your questions about doggie anxiety.

Reel Science

The Best Dystopian Movie on Netflix Reveals a Dark Psychological Truth

Political scientists explain the perverse role of psychology in The Hunger Games.