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Ari Daniel

I've always loved science. As a graduate student, I trained gray seal pups (Halichoerus grypus) for my Master's degree at the University of St. Andrews and helped tag wild Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca) for my Ph.D. at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 

These days, as a science reporter, I record a species that I'm better equipped to understand — Homo sapiens.  My radio stories have been featured on PRI’s The World, Radiolab, and NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. In the fifth grade, I won the “Most Contagious Smile” award.

Recent Stories

Creating Tulips

When it's spring again, millions of tulips bloom across the Dutch landscape, and new hybrids in a myriad colors are being created every year.

The Vital Role of Bacteria

Without the bacteria in our own bodies, or deep in the soil and the oceans, we could not flourish and grow, and nor could any of the plants we depend on.

Arts, Culture & Media

New Species in the Old World

In Europe, home to history's greatest taxonomists, professional scientists and amateurs are scouring the countryside for new species — and finding them at an astonishing rate. Ari Daniel Shapiro of our partner program NOVA reports.


Fungi break down and destroy dead plants and trees. And in the process, they release nutrients, so plants and trees can grow.