Kevin Wheeler

Reporter, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences


Kevin Wheeler, based in Peekskill, NY, covers Life Sciences and Physical Sciences for The Academic Times. Prior to that, Kevin wrote for Audubon Magazine, USA Today and KUT Public Media in Austin, Texas. He won the William J. Rowley Award for journalistic writing at the University at Albany. He graduated from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY in 2018.

New research indicates that the Red Sea may not be a sea at all, because it is spreading like an ocean basin and has reached its young adulthood after 13 million years.

The Yucátan Peninsula's mangrove sinkholes are known sources of soil carbon, and researchers just found the most carbon-rich one yet, marking an important step in assessing the economic value of these ecologically vital areas — and highlighting the need for their conservation.

Researchers have uncovered the basis for a range of undesirable genetic variations in dogs, from golden and Labrador retrievers to Yorkshire terriers, pointing to the preservation of recessive mutations fostered over hundreds of years of inbreeding.

Many U.S. waterways contain pesticide levels that pose potential harm to aquatic life, according to a new study from the United States Geological Survey.

A baby's first poop correlates with whether the newborn will develop allergies later on, because the metabolite content of this earliest excretion may play an important role in teaching an infant's immune system to accept stimuli ranging from peanuts to pollen.

Marine scientists have discovered that using drones to monitor the physical condition of dolphins is nearly as accurate as examining a dolphin in person — but much easier to practice.

Repeated exposure to sublethal heat waves can severely impede the development of the relatively hardy tobacco hornworm larvae, according to a new study that adds to a growing body of literature describing how the insect kingdom is faring as the world warms.

Chronic kidney disease, a common killer of elderly cats, can only be managed, not treated. But U.S. researchers have invented a new genetic test that may help at-risk cats get the care they need before their kidneys start to fail.

Researchers have uncovered a "baby galaxy" 12.4 billion light-years from Earth, whose discovery upends previous knowledge about galaxy formation in the early universe and may aid in the future identification of more hidden galaxies.

Scientists discovered new types of cells in the respiratory system's epithelial lining that could shed new light on the mysterious sudden infant death syndrome.

The answer to the coffee industry's climate problem may lie in the forests of Sierra Leone, where there exists a newly rediscovered species of bean that researchers have now proven to grow at high temperatures and make a great cup.

Chinese researchers have successfully created chimeric embryos by combining human stem cells and monkey blastocysts, a groundbreaking advance with both practical and ethical implications for the future of medicine.