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. Mercury
    Planetary Science

    Mercury has a massive solid inner core

    The distribution of Mercury’s mass and small stutters in the planet’s spin suggest it has a giant solid inner core.

  2. Baja California, Mexico
    Earth

    More than a million tiny earthquakes revealed in Southern California

    By putting millions of tiny quakes on record, scientists hope to learn more about what triggers the big ones.

  3. a photo of the Pyrenees Mountains
    Climate

    Tiny microplastics travel far on the wind

    Airborne bits of plastic that originated in cities ended up in pristine mountains at least 95 kilometers away, a study finds.

  4. iceberg
    Climate

    Antarctica’s iceberg graveyard could reveal the ice sheet’s future

    Drilling deep into the seafloor beneath Antarctica’s “Iceberg Alley” could reveal new clues about how quickly the continent has melted in the past.

  5. fish fossil at Tanis site
    Paleontology

    New fossils may capture the minutes after the dinosaur-killing asteroid impact

    North Dakota fossils may depict the aftermath of the dinosaur-killing asteroid, but controversial claims about the breadth of the find are unproven.

  6. Antarctic Peninsula
    Climate

    One Antarctic ice shelf gets half its annual snowfall in just 10 days

    Antarctica’s coasts get most of their snow from just a few big storms each year.

  7. jelly fossils
    Paleontology

    Newfound fossils in China highlight a dizzying diversity of Cambrian life

    A new treasure trove of Cambrian fossils in China dating to 518 million years ago could rival Canada’s Burgess Shale.

  8. fossil egg
    Paleontology

    In a first, a fossilized egg is found preserved inside an ancient bird

    Scientists have found the first known fossil of a bird that died with an unlaid egg inside its body. The egg has been crushed by pressure over time.

  9. Tyrannosaurus rex
    Paleontology

    A new T. rex exhibit takes a deep dive into the iconic dinosaur

    “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator,” a new exhibit in New York City, draws on the latest science to provide a fresh look at Tyrannosaurus rex and its relatives.

  10. a camera sitting on a melt pond
    Climate

    What happens when the Bering Sea’s ice disappears?

    Record-low sea ice in 2018 sent ripples through the Bering Sea’s entire ecosystem. Will this be the region’s new normal?

  11. charged solar particles and Earth's magnetosphere
    Astronomy

    One of the strongest known solar storms blasted Earth in 660 B.C.

    Ice cores and tree rings reveal that Earth was blasted with a powerful solar storm 2,610 years ago.

  12. central Tibetan Plateau
    Earth

    The ‘roof of the world’ was raised more recently than once thought

    New studies suggest that the Tibetan Plateau may have risen to its dizzying heights after 25 million years ago.