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. two people under shade umbrella

    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.

  2. Eocoracias brachyptera bird fossil

    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.

  3. Himalayas

    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.

  4. Bolshaya Udina volcano

    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.

  5. weather map

    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.

  6. Grand Canyon

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. tufted puffin

    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.

  9. Zanskar River in Himalayan mountains

    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.

  10. Tableau Physique

    This iconic Humboldt map may need crucial updates

    A seminal, 212-year-old diagram of Andean plants by German explorer Alexander von Humboldt is still groundbreaking — but outdated, researchers say.

  11. red pigment in mouse fossil

    Signs of red pigment were spotted in a fossil for the first time

    For the first time, scientists have identified the chemical fingerprint of red pigment in a fossil.

  12. Apollo mission
    Planetary Science

    Apollo-era moonquakes reveal that the moon may be tectonically active

    Moonquakes recorded decades ago suggest the moon is tectonically active. Knowing more about that activity could help scientists identify where to land future spacecraft.