Rodrigo Pérez Ortega

Writing Intern

Computer scientist and complexity researcher Carlos Gershenson of the National Autonomous University of Mexico stands by a busy urban roadway.

Complexity Scientist Beats Traffic Jams Through Adaptation

September 28, 2020

To tame urban traffic, the computer scientist Carlos Gershenson finds that letting transportation systems adapt and self-organize often works better than trying to predict and control them.

Photograph of a bat in flight.
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Can Vaccines for Wildlife Prevent Human Pandemics?

August 24, 2020

Studies suggest that self-disseminating vaccines could prevent the “spillover” of animal viruses into humans as pandemic diseases.

Photo of green leafy plants in close-up.
Abstractions blog

Why Are Plants Green? To Reduce the Noise in Photosynthesis.

July 30, 2020

Plants ignore the most energy-rich part of sunlight because stability matters more than efficiency, according to a new model of photosynthesis.

About the author

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega covers life sciences for Quanta magazine. He studied biomedical sciences with a focus on neuroscience at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He started his journalism career as a correspondent and editor for Medscape en Español. He later completed his master’s degree in science communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has also appeared in ScienceThe New York TimesNatureScience News and Knowable, among others.