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. Furnace Creek

    Death Valley hits 130° F, the hottest recorded temperature on Earth since 1931

    Amid a heat wave in the western United States, California’s Death Valley is back in the record books with the third hottest temperature ever recorded.

  2. a hammerhead shark swimming

    Species may swim thousands of kilometers to escape ocean heat waves

    A new analysis of ocean heat waves shows latitude matters when it comes to how far fish and other sea species must go to find cooler waters.

  3. emperor penguins

    Penguin poop spotted from space ups the tally of emperor penguin colonies

    High-res satellite images reveal eight new breeding sites for the world’s largest penguins on Antarctica, including the first reported ones offshore.

  4. microscope image of ancient microbes

    These ancient seafloor microbes woke up after over 100 million years

    Scientists discover that microbes that had lain dormant in the seafloor for millions of years can revive and multiply.

  5. New York City's Times Square empty due to COVID-19

    COVID-19 lockdowns dramatically reduced seismic noise from humans

    Human-caused seismic activity was reduced by as much as 50 percent around the globe during lockdowns as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

  6. Illustration of what Microraptor looked like

    This dinosaur may have shed its feathers like modern songbirds

    One of the earliest flying dinosaurs, the four-winged Microraptor, may have molted just a bit at a time so that it could fly year-round.

  7. Oil spill in Norilsk, Russia

    Climate change made Siberia’s heat wave at least 600 times more likely

    Siberia’s six-month heat wave during the first half of 2020 would not have happened without human-caused climate change, researchers find.

  8. huge pile of discarded keyboards, computers and more

    Earth’s annual e-waste could grow to 75 million metric tons by 2030

    Unwanted electronic waste is piling up rapidly around the globe, while collection and recycling efforts are failing to keep pace, a new report shows.

  9. Yamal region of Siberia

    4 ways to put the 100-degree Arctic heat record in context

    June’s record heat in Siberia is part of a much bigger picture of dramatic climate change in the Arctic.

  10. lightning bolt

    Two lightning megaflashes shattered distance and duration records

    Satellite data show that the two extreme bolts, both appearing over South America, more than doubled the previous records.

  11. Siberian town of Verkhoyansk

    A Siberian town hit 100 degrees, setting a new record for the Arctic Circle

    Verkhoyansk’s high temperature, which has yet to be confirmed, follows a six-month period of record heat in the region.

  12. seismograph image

    Machine learning helped demystify a California earthquake swarm

    Computer algorithms helped scientists find that circulating groundwater probably triggered a four-year-long series of tiny quakes in Southern California.