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

    A deadly 2014 landslide’s power came from soils weakened by past slides

    Researchers reconstruct how a hillside failed, producing the deadly 2014 Oso landslide.

  2. Climate

    As ice retreats, frozen mosses emerge to tell climate change tale

    Plants long entombed beneath Canadian ice are now emerging, telling a story of warming unprecedented in the history of human civilization.

  3. Paleontology

    T. rex’s silly-looking arms were built for slashing

    Tyrannosaurus rex may have used its small arms for slashing prey.

  4. Climate

    ‘Killer Hurricanes’ reconstructs the past to predict storms of the future

    Geologists find clues to the future of deadly hurricanes, written in stone and sand, in the new NOVA documentary “Killer Hurricanes.”

  5. Earth

    How volcanoes may have ended the dynasty of Ptolemy and Cleopatra

    Volcanic ash in polar ice reveal a link between eruptions and the timing of revolts in Cleopatra’s Egypt.

  6. Earth

    When the Larsen C ice shelf broke, it exposed a hidden world

    Scientists plan urgent missions to visit the world the Larsen C iceberg left behind.

  7. Climate

    During El Niño, the tropics emit more carbon dioxide

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.