Nicholas St. Fleur is an award-winning freelance science journalist and a children's STEM author based on Long Island, New York. He is also a Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow with STAT covering the intersection of race, medicine, and the life sciences.
He has written more than 300 stories for The New York Times and is a regular contributor to the science desk's Trilobites column. He reports on archaeology, paleontology, human evolution, natural history, space, and other curiosities of the cosmos. His other areas of interest include citizen science, K-12 STEM education, and diversity in science.
In March of 2020, he published his first children's book, "Did You Know? Dinosaurs" (DK Publishing and the Smithsonian).
Mr. St. Fleur joined The New York Times in 2015 and worked as a staff reporter on the science desk for three years before moving to California. As a freelancer, he continues to write for the science section, as well as for The New York Times for Kids and other publications.
While at the Times, he was a lead reporter covering the 2017 Great American Eclipse. In 2018 he received the Gene S. Stuart Award from the Society for American Archaeology for the feature story “Medical Tales from a Crypt in Lithuania,” and for his coverage of mummies, pyramids, and shipwrecks. He also received an honorable mention from the D.C. Science Writers Association's 2017 Newsbrief Award for his story "Newly Discovered Gecko Escapes Danger Naked and Alive."
Prior to joining The Times, he reported for The Atlantic, where he covered everything from space probes on comets to protests on the New York City streets. He has also written for Scientific American, Science Magazine, NPR, and The San Jose Mercury News.
Mr. St. Fleur graduated from Cornell University, where he studied biology, minored in communication, and served as the science editor of The Cornell Daily Sun. He completed his graduate work in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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Science & Health Stories
Two Black university leaders urged their campuses to join a Covid-19 vaccine trial. The backlash was swift
The presidents of two historically Black universities in New Orleans thought they were doing a public service by enrolling in a Covid-19...
Who Would Win
in a Dinosaur Battle Royale? A Cheat Sheet for Parents
If you need pointers for how to conduct a toy dinosaur battle, I have provided subjective ratings for how deadly some popular prehistoric combatants from...
A Paleontologist’s Guide to Playing with Your Dinosaur-Obsessed Kid
Paleontologists say parents should nurture children’s romance with playing with dinosaurs, for “Paleontology is the gateway to science.”
3 Africans in Mexico City Grave Tell Stories of Slavery’s Toll
The men might have been among the earliest to be kidnapped from their homeland and brought to the Americas.
Canada’s Newest Tyrannosaur Is Named for a 'Reaper of Death’
The specimen is older than T. Rex and other famous members of its family, which could fill in this apex predator’s family tree.
Skull Fossils in Cave Show Mix of Human Relatives Roamed South Africa
The excavation found the oldest known Homo erectus, a direct ancestor of our species, living around the same time as other extinct hominins.
The Mummy Speaks! Hear Sounds From the Voice of an Ancient Egyptian Priest
Scientists used a 3-D printer, a loudspeaker and computer software to recreate a part of the voice of a 3,000-year-old mummy.
This Mysterious Ancient Structure Was Made of Mammoth Bones
The ring of skulls, skeletons, tusks and other bones was too large for a roof, scientists say, so what was it for?
Colorado Fossils Show How Mammals Raced to Fill Dinosaurs’ Void
An unusually rich trove found in Colorado reveals the world in which our mammalian forebears evolved into larger creatures.
View a selection of my longer stories that have appeared in print and read them online.
A selection of my STEM stories for young readers. The New York Times for Kids is print-only and runs every last Sunday of the month.
Dazzle your dino-lovers at home with my informational picture book, "Did You Know? Dinosaur." They will have a great time learning cool new facts about these awesome prehistoric creatures. You can purchase the book here.
Video, Speaking, and Virtual Visits
I am always looking for opportunities to share science stories through multimedia.
For The New York Times, I have filmed more than a dozen Facebook Live science videos. Several of those videos were shot aboard a research vessel 100 miles off the coast of Maine. There, I documented marine scientists as they ventured to the seafloor in the Alvin submersible. I have also helped craft scripts for The NYT's science video series, ScienceTake about brewing homemade explosive lava, and a cockroach's karate kick.
I also enjoy speaking with classrooms and other groups about being a science reporter and the craft of science writing. If you would like to have me virtually speak with your classroom or group, please send me an email at for more information.
The Craft of Science Journalism:
June 2020: Virtual talk to NPR Scicommers, a group of undergrads, grad students, post-docs, and faculty interested in science communication.
July 2020: Virtual talk to Curious Science Writers, a group of high school students interested in science communication.
August 2020: Virtual talk to Stanford University ADVANCE scholars, a group of incoming Stanford Ph.D. students.
August 2020: Virtual panelist to the AAAS Mass Media Fellows, a cohort of scientists turned science journalists.
October 2020: Virtual talk to Cornell University Ph.D. students interested in science communication.
In this story, I let readers in on my research and writing process.
Here I am with my first children's dinosaur book, my first cover story for the New York Times for Kids, and a bunch of dinosaur drawings I made when I was a lil' dino-lover!
I am currently taking reporting assignments to cover all kinds of scientific research, especially in the fields of archaeology, paleontology, and space. I am also always on the hunt for my next children's book.
Do you have a story pitch that you think I should cover? Send it my way! You can email me at or by submitting a message below:
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