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.

Pet Science

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Inverse answers all your questions about doggie anxiety.

Reel Science

The Best Dystopian Movie on Netflix Reveals a Dark Psychological Truth

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Reel Science

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Reel Science

The Best Marvel Movie of 2022 Reveals an Incredible Quirk of Human Evolution

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Pet Science

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Reel Science

The Most Underrated Sci-Fi Movie on HBO Max Reveals a Controversial Branch of Pseudoscience

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Reel Science

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Pet Science

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Yes, we’re talking about that plague.

Reel Science

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Pet Science

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Reel Science

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Climate Crisis

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Big problems require big solutions — literally.


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