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.

Pup Health

How is nature connected to well-being? It's complicated, scientists say

Experts reviewed hundreds of papers to draw scientific conclusions about our cultural and ecological connections to nature.

Reel Science

The most miraculous sci-fi movie on Netflix reveals a scientific debate over aging

Is it really possible to stop aging, as The Age of Adaline suggests?


How do cats co-exist with each other? The answer may lie in their gut

Unlike their wild counterparts, domesticated cats evolved to live in groups. New research may help explain why.

Reel Science

The darkest sci-fi movie on Amazon Prime could reveal real alien life

Europa Report suggests life likely inhabits Jupiter's moon, but does the science back that up?

Swish Swish

Why is my cat wagging its tail? Vets reveal the surprising answer

Get inside the complex mind of your cat — by looking at its tail.

Reel Science

The most epic fantasy movie on HBO Max reveals a dark truth about real life

Princess Mononoke’s story reveals a nuance of how humans treat the climate crisis.

Puzzling Penguins

Will penguins survive climate change? Their past may reveal the answer

Penguins are evolutionary oddballs millions of years in the making.

Disaster 101

Blackouts are likely this summer — here’s how to prepare

There are steps you can take to prepare yourself, and your home, for these times.

Another scorcher!

Summer really is getting hotter — how to prepare and stay cool

Heat waves can be deadly — don't be caught off-guard. Here are a few simple ways you can prepare.

Reel Science

The best post-apocalypse movie on Netflix now reveals a dark truth about our present

Surviving a pandemic requires a community approach — not a single savior.

Cat Corner

Why is my cat scratching furniture? The answer might surprise you

Scientists identify a surprising link between this feline behavior and emotional closeness.

Global Disaster

1.8 billion people face once-in-a-century flooding, study reveals

A shocking number of people globally are at risk of floods.

Reel Science
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A Dog's Mind

What is my dog thinking? Science may finally have an answer

New research yields surprising insights into a dog's mind.

Climate Crisis

Climate change and air pollution are wrecking children’s health, a landmark review reveals

The research leaves no doubt about the devastating threat of climate change and air pollution to children.

Bunny Business

A fatal bunny disease is rampaging through the U.S. — here's what you need to know

Bunny owners, organizations and vets weigh in with their advice and concerns about the disease.

Reel Science

The zaniest sci-fi movie on Netflix reveals a real way to manipulate the weather

Can you really control the weather? Here's what an expert has to say.

What's in a Name?

Scientists were baffled by this fruit's quirky biology — but indigenous people knew the answer for centuries

Researchers are still catching up to traditional Indigenous knowledge when it comes to classifying plant species.