Carolyn is the Earth & Climate writer at Science News. Previously she worked at Science magazine for six years, both as a reporter covering paleontology and polar science and as the editor of the news in brief section. Before that she was a reporter and editor at EARTH magazine. She has bachelor’s degrees in Geology and European History and a Ph.D. in marine geochemistry from MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She’s also a former Science News intern.

All Stories by Carolyn Gramling

  1. illustration of Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2
    Climate

    During El Niño, the tropics emit more carbon dioxide

    El Niño increases carbon emissions from the tropics — mimicking future climate change.

  2. Animals

    New deep-sea sponge could play a starring role in monitoring ocean health

    A new species of sponge that dwells on metal-rich rocks could help scientists track the environmental impact of deep-sea mining.

  3. 2017 chemistry Nobel winners
    Chemistry

    Chemistry Nobel Prize goes to 3-D snapshots of life’s atomic details

    An imaging technique that gives up-close 3-D views of proteins is honored in this year's chemistry Nobel Prize.

  4. degraded forest in Bolivia
    Climate

    Tropical forests have flipped from sponges to sources of carbon dioxide

    Analyses of satellite images suggest that degraded forests now release more carbon than they store.

  5. Smilodon fatalis
    Paleontology

    Saber-toothed kittens were born armed to pounce

    Even as babies, saber-toothed cats had not only oversized canine teeth but also unusually powerful forelimbs.

  6. Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome
    Earth

    Plate tectonics started at least 3.5 billion years ago

    Analyses of titanium in rock suggest plate tectonics began 500 million years earlier than thought.

  7. Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome
    Earth

    Plate tectonics started at least 3.5 billion years ago

    Analyses of titanium in rock suggest plate tectonics began 500 million years earlier than thought.

  8. Gryposaurus monumentensis
    Paleontology

    Shhhh! Some plant-eating dinos snacked on crunchy critters

    Scientists studying dinosaur poop found that some duck-billed dinos cheated on their vegetarian diets by snacking on crustaceans.

  9. hurricane Irma
    Earth

    Intense storms provide the first test of powerful new hurricane forecast tools

    From Harvey to Maria, this year’s powerful hurricanes are giving scientists’ latest forecasting tools a trial by fire.

  10. Wired for math

    The same neural circuits that adults use to perform complex calculations are already at work in preschoolers doing basic math.

  11. Astronomy

    Energy-Saving Space Engines: Black holes can be green

    Some seemingly quiet black holes are actually efficient engines that emit jets of high-energy particles.

  12. Ecosystems

    Antarctic birds are breeding later

    Rising global temperatures are causing Arctic birds to breed earlier in the spring, but for Antarctic birds, the reverse is true.