Ashley Yeager

Ashley Yeager

Ashley started at The Scientist in 2018. Before joining the staff, she worked as a freelance editor and writer, a writer at the Simons Foundation, and a web producer at Science News, among other positions. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a master’s degree in science writing from MIT. Ashley edits the Scientist to Watch and Profile sections of the magazine and writes news, features, and other stories for both online and print.

Articles by Ashley Yeager
Infographic: Envisioning Macrophages
Infographic: Envisioning Macrophages
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2021
Researchers find different distributions of the immune cells in young, older, and diseased eyes.
Macrophages of the Human Eye Come into Focus
Macrophages of the Human Eye Come into Focus
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2021
Imaged in real time in living people, immune cells at the surface of the retina could serve as biomarkers to detect retinal and possibly neurological diseases and track their progression.
Infographic: A Plant Cell’s Cuticle Helps Regulate Toxic Chemical Accumulation
Infographic: A Plant Cell’s Cuticle Helps Regulate Toxic Chemical Accumulation
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2021
Researchers found that thinning petunia cells’ cuticles caused them to slow production of volatile organic compounds.
Petunia’s Waxy Cuticle Regulates the Plant’s Sweet Smell
Petunia’s Waxy Cuticle Regulates the Plant’s Sweet Smell
Ashley Yeager | Feb 1, 2021
The thicker the flower petals’ cuticle, the more fragrance compounds the plant releases, according to a recent study.
Tardigrades’ List of Super Powers Grows Ever Longer
Tardigrades’ List of Super Powers Grows Ever Longer
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2021
Water bears can survive extreme temperatures, oxidative stress, UV radiation, and more, but as work in climate change biology shows, they’re not invulnerable to everything.
Human Fetuses Can Contract SARS-CoV-2, but It’s Rare
Human Fetuses Can Contract SARS-CoV-2, but It’s Rare
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2021
Compared with Zika and cytomegalovirus, the virus that causes COVID-19 appears to have a harder time penetrating the placenta and moving to a woman’s unborn baby.
Steps to End “Colonial Science” Slowly Take Shape
Steps to End “Colonial Science” Slowly Take Shape
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2021
Scientists from countries with fewer resources are pushing collaborators from higher-income countries to shed biases and behaviors that perpetuate social stratification in the research community.
Infographic: How SARS-CoV-2 Might Travel from Mom to Fetus
Infographic: How SARS-CoV-2 Might Travel from Mom to Fetus
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2021
The virus rarely spreads from mother to child before birth, but it can—and researchers are starting to investigate the path it takes.
What’s Killing Killer Whales? Autopsies Reveal a Role for Humans
What’s Killing Killer Whales? Autopsies Reveal a Role for Humans
Ashley Yeager | Dec 16, 2020
Stephen Raverty of the Ministry of Agriculture in Canada and Joseph Gaydos of UC Davis speak with The Scientist about their recent study assessing the causes of orca deaths.
Eight Proteins Turn Mouse Stem Cells into Egglike Cells
Eight Proteins Turn Mouse Stem Cells into Egglike Cells
Ashley Yeager | Dec 16, 2020
The identification of the transcription factors that elicit oocyte growth will aid reproductive biology research and might help women with fertility issues, scientists say.