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. Getz Ice Shelf
    Climate

    Global warming may lead to practically irreversible Antarctic melting

    Simulations suggest that even if the Paris climate goals are met, melting Antarctica ice will still cause sea levels to rise by more than 2 meters.

  2. ocean waves
    Oceans

    Underwater earthquakes’ sound waves reveal changes in ocean warming

    A new technique uses the echoes of earthquakes in seawater to track the impact of climate change on the oceans.

  3. Hope Diamond
    Earth

    Earth’s rarest diamonds form from primordial carbon in the mantle

    Chemical analyses of the rarest diamonds suggest the planet’s carbon cycle may not go as deep as scientists thought.

  4. Nathaniel B. Palmer research ship in West Antarctica
    Climate

    New maps show how warm water may reach Thwaites Glacier’s icy underbelly

    New seafloor maps around Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica reveal how deep channels could help warm ocean water melt the glacier from below.

  5. Bering Sea ice
    Climate

    Bering Sea winter ice shrank to its lowest level in 5,500 years in 2018

    Peat cores that record five millennia of climate shifts in the Arctic region suggest recent ice loss is linked to rising carbon dioxide levels.

  6. Hurricane Laura
    Earth

    What’s behind August 2020’s extreme weather? Climate change and bad luck

    On top of a pandemic, the United States is having an epic weather year — a combination of bad luck and a stage set by a warming climate.

  7. Furnace Creek
    Earth

    Death Valley hits 130° F, the hottest recorded temperature on Earth since 1931

    Amid a heat wave in the western United States, California’s Death Valley is back in the record books with the third hottest temperature ever recorded.

  8. a hammerhead shark swimming
    Oceans

    Species may swim thousands of kilometers to escape ocean heat waves

    A new analysis of ocean heat waves shows latitude matters when it comes to how far fish and other sea species must go to find cooler waters.

  9. emperor penguins
    Animals

    Penguin poop spotted from space ups the tally of emperor penguin colonies

    High-res satellite images reveal eight new breeding sites for the world’s largest penguins on Antarctica, including the first reported ones offshore.

  10. microscope image of ancient microbes
    Oceans

    These ancient seafloor microbes woke up after over 100 million years

    Scientists discover that microbes that had lain dormant in the seafloor for millions of years can revive and multiply.

  11. New York City's Times Square empty due to COVID-19
    Earth

    COVID-19 lockdowns dramatically reduced seismic noise from humans

    Human-caused seismic activity was reduced by as much as 50 percent around the globe during lockdowns as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

  12. Illustration of what Microraptor looked like
    Paleontology

    This dinosaur may have shed its feathers like modern songbirds

    One of the earliest flying dinosaurs, the four-winged Microraptor, may have molted just a bit at a time so that it could fly year-round.