Jacob Margolis

KPCC's Science Reporter

Jacob's time in journalism began when he was 16, when he'd skip high school to spend his days working on the mid-day newscast at KPFK in Los Angeles.

Since then he's worked at NPR in Washington, D.C., as a producer on "The Madeleine Brand Show" and "Take Two" at KPCC and as a reporter, covering the political and social impact of California's new marijuana industry.

Now, he's the science reporter for the station.

Stories by Jacob Margolis

California has had a monster wildfire every year for the past 6 years

Nearly three-quarters of the state's worst fires have happened since 2000. Experts blame forest management techniques, home construction in wilderness and climate change.

The invasive, flammable plants making California's fires worse

The hills of Southern California are lined with invasive grasses, which after a hot, dry year, were ready to ignite with a spark.

Southern California is burning. Is climate change to blame?

Scientists say a warming planet is likely to exacerbate the factors that led to this week's firestorms.

Here's what January 1 means for marijuana in California

You'll have to be 21 or older to buy recreational weed, you can't smoke it in public and you can get in a whole lot of trouble for giving it to a minor.

He was prosecuted for selling weed. Now he wants to be the McDonald's of pot

Virgil Grant started in the marijuana industry by wholesaling suitcases full of marijuana to people in Compton. Now, three decades on, he wants to run the L.A. market.

How well does Larry Mantle know pot?

We quizzed him in preparation for the rise of the recreational marijuana business in California.

LA's weather will be hot and dry — just like your Thanksgiving turkey

Gobble gobble GASP! We could see record heat on Thanksgiving, thanks in part to two high pressure systems.

This fly dives into Mono Lake, but doesn't get wet

Now scientists have figured out how the fly stays dry even though it can stay submerged for 15 minutes. Yet another otherworldly aspect of Mono Lake.

As climate shifts, California birds are nesting earlier

As global temperatures continue to climb, animals have to adapt. For 202 different species of California birds, that means nesting earlier in the year.

How the 101 is changing the way our local animals evolve

Separated by the 101 freeway, different groups of the same species are adapting to microclimates, kicking off the evolutionary process.

Ughhh, it’s 100+ degrees in SoCal. Here’s why

High pressure over the Great Basin is bringing unseasonable heat to Southern California.

A warmer, drier SoCal winter might be on tap

You can credit (or blame) La Niña. These conditions were also present last year, but California was bombarded by storms.

The space race to see 2 neutron stars violently merge

Two neutron stars collided 130 million light years away, but researchers only had hours to prepare before they'd miss their window to see the event.

Linked by tragedy, San Bernardino reflects on Las Vegas

This week's mass shooting in Las Vegas has resurfaced painful memories in the Inland Empire city -- site of firearms massacre in 2015.

Invasive species, stowed away on tsunami trash, make their way to the US

When the tsunami dragged debris from Japan into the Pacific, dozens of marine species made the trash their home. They crossed the ocean and arrived on our shores.