Sharon Oosthoek

Freelance Writer

Sharon Oosthoek is a freelance science journalist who lives in Toronto, Canada. She has written about how bed bugs have favorite colors, why your shoelaces untie themselves and how chicken cologne can protect you from malaria.


She likes writing for young readers. They ask good questions, like how do scientists know the Earth is warming?


Sharon also writes for adults. Her articles have appeared in New Scientist, Canadian Geographic, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, and Chemical & Engineering News. She is the winner of an American Academy for the Advancement of Science Kavli Science Journalism Award for children’s science writing.

All Stories by Sharon Oosthoek

  1. Animals

    Cool Jobs: Moved by life

    Biologically inspired robots travel — naturally.

  2. Agriculture

    Cool Jobs: Green Science

    In parts of the Arctic, entire forests are creeping northward. Luckily, ecologist Serge Payette is hot on their trail.

  3. Animals

    Cool Jobs: Museum science

    Samples collected long ago may hold answers to important questions in science and medicine today.

  4. Tech

    Cool Jobs: Explosive pursuits

    These researchers study things that go boom — or poof!

  5. Cool Jobs: Wild science

    Kathy Young at Toronto’s York University studies how water moves within Earth’s environment, from the air to deep underground.

  6. Tech

    Cool Jobs: Like Mother Nature

    Scientists observe what works best for animals, plants in efforts to build better products.

  7. Chemistry

    Plant-powered plastics

    Scientists are using green materials to create more Earth-friendly plastics.