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. Earth

    Closed pores mean more fresh water

    Less plant sweat means more river flow.

  2. Degrading a Defense: Bacteria use enzyme to escape trap

    Some bacteria have evolved an enzyme that enables them to escape the body's defenses.

  3. Chimps creep closer yet

    Humans evolved most slowly of all primates, with chimps a close second.

  4. Animals

    Poor Devils: Critters’ fights transmit cancer

    Tasmanian devils transmit cancer cells when they bite each other during routine squabbles, producing lesions that are often fatal.

  5. Earth

    Sinking Mercury: Light-based reactions destroy toxic chemical in Arctic lakes

    Sunlight triggers the entry of poisonous mercury into polar lakes, but it also removes most of the toxic compound before fish can consume it.

  6. The Fat Track: Signals between cells keep creatures lean

    An ancient cellular pathway that determines cells' fates also inhibits fat formation in insects and mammals.