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. Elektorornis chenguangi
    Paleontology

    An ancient bird found encased in amber had a bizarrely long toe

    A 99-million-year-old fossil holds a bird with an oddly long toe, which might have helped the critter hook hard-to-reach dinners.

  2. Sargassum seaweed
    Oceans

    The largest seaweed bloom ever detected spanned the Atlantic in 2018

    Nutrient-rich water from the Amazon River may be helping massive seaweed mats to flourish each summer in the Atlantic Ocean.

  3. Paris
    Climate

    Europe’s latest heat wave has been linked to climate change

    Global warming made the June heat wave at least five times more likely to happen.

  4. two people under shade umbrella
    Climate

    Is climate change causing Europe’s intense heat? A scientist weighs in

    Science News talks with climate scientist Karsten Haustein about attributing extreme heat events in Europe and South Asia to climate change.

  5. Eocoracias brachyptera bird fossil
    Paleontology

    Signs of the color blue have been found in a fossil for the first time

    Scientists think they’ve spotted hints of blue plumage in a fossilized bird from 48 million years ago.

  6. Himalayas
    Climate

    Cold War–era spy satellite images show Himalayan glaciers are melting fast

    Declassified spy satellite photographs reveal that glacier melt in the Himalayas has sped up dramatically in the last two decades.

  7. Bolshaya Udina volcano
    Earth

    Is a long-dormant Russian volcano waking up? It’s complicated

    Scientists debate how to interpret seismic activity near Bolshaya Udina on the remote Kamchatka Peninsula.

  8. weather map
    Climate

    The National Weather Service has launched its new U.S. forecasting model

    The United States has finally unveiled its new, highly touted weather prediction model, but some scientists worry that it’s not ready for prime time.

  9. Grand Canyon
    Earth

    Soil eroded by glaciers may have kick-started plate tectonics

    How plate tectonics got going is a mystery. Now scientists say they’ve found a key part of the story: massive piles of sediment dumped in the ocean.

  10. Diplodocus in Smithsonian fossil hall
    Science & Society

    The Smithsonian’s ‘Deep Time’ exhibit gives dinosaurs new life

    The Smithsonian’s renovated fossil hall puts ancient dinosaurs and other creatures in context.

  11. tufted puffin
    Climate

    Thousands of birds perished in the Bering Sea. Arctic warming may be to blame

    A mass die-off of puffins and other seabirds in the Bering Sea is probably linked to climate change, scientists say.

  12. Zanskar River in Himalayan mountains
    Climate

    Himalayan glacier melting threatens water security for millions of people

    Asia’s glaciers are melting faster than they are accumulating new stores of snow and ice.