Viviane Callier

Viviane Callier

Viviane was a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she studied early tetrapods. Her PhD at Duke University focused on the role of oxygen in insect body size regulation. After a postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University, she became a science writer for federal agencies in the Washington, DC area. Now, she freelances from San Antonio, Texas.

Articles by Viviane Callier
Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Paper Recommends Women Avoid Female Mentors, Drawing Outrage
Viviane Callier | Nov 24, 2020
A study makes policy recommendations to optimize citations, but critics say it fails to acknowledge that citations are a biased and narrow measure of scientific success.
Newly Found Proteins Stop Fungal “Bleeding”
Newly Found Proteins Stop Fungal “Bleeding”
Viviane Callier | Nov 12, 2020
Mechanically sensitive proteins called gellins sense and respond to protoplasm flowing out of severed hyphae, quickly sealing up injuries in these root-like structures of fungi.
Insects Showcase Unexpected Ways to Make Water-Repellent Surfaces
Insects Showcase Unexpected Ways to Make Water-Repellent Surfaces
Viviane Callier | Jul 17, 2020
The intersection between water, air, and insects’ intricately decorated surfaces turn out to be the key to explain why droplets bounce so quickly off of them.
How a Pea Aphid Decides to Make Wings or Not
How a Pea Aphid Decides to Make Wings or Not
Viviane Callier | Jun 1, 2020
Wing development in females is environmentally controlled, but in males, an insertion on the sex chromosome appears to dictate whether the insects grow wings, according to a study.
Infographic: How the Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genomes Interact
Infographic: How the Mitochondrial and Nuclear Genomes Interact
Viviane Callier | Nov 1, 2019
From regulating each other’s gene expression to encoding different parts of the same proteins, the two genome types in every eukaryotic cell are far from independent.
The Two Genomes in Every Eukaryotic Cell
The Two Genomes in Every Eukaryotic Cell
Viviane Callier | Nov 1, 2019
Interactions between mitochondrial and nuclear genomes have further-reaching effects on physiological function, adaptation, and speciation than previously appreciated.
Ecology, Not Physics, Explains Diversity of Insect Eggs
Ecology, Not Physics, Explains Diversity of Insect Eggs
Viviane Callier | Jul 3, 2019
Insect eggs can take any shape at almost any size, refuting explanations for their dimensions based on geometric scaling laws or on relationships between egg traits and adult traits.
The Open Data Explosion
The Open Data Explosion
Viviane Callier | Dec 31, 2018
Scientists are working to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of sharing.
Gender Bias Dissected in <em>eLife</em>&rsquo;s Peer Review
Gender Bias Dissected in eLife’s Peer Review
Viviane Callier | Sep 14, 2018
The journal undertook a self-assessment, finding men have more success than women with all-male review panels.
Research Dollars Go Farther at Less-Prestigious Institutions: Study
Research Dollars Go Farther at Less-Prestigious Institutions: Study
Viviane Callier | Jul 20, 2018
High-profile universities produce fewer papers, and with lesser influence, per federal dollar than less-celebrated recipients of federal funding.