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. Microdocodon gracilis fossil

    A flexible bone that helps mammals chew dates back to the Jurassic Period

    A flexible bone that helps with chewing may have helped give rise to the Age of Mammals, a new fossil shows.

  2. flooding in Miami Beach

    ‘Sunny day’ high tide floods are on the rise along U.S. coasts

    Sea level rise led to record-breaking tidal flooding in cities along the U.S. East Coast, a NOAA report found.

  3. California State Route 178

    3 questions seismologists are asking after the California earthquakes

    After back-to-back quakes, scientists are scrambling to figure out which faults ruptured and what it means for future California quake activity.

  4. Elektorornis chenguangi

    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.

  5. Sargassum seaweed

    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.

  6. Paris

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.