Erika Engelhaupt

Erika Engelhaupt is a freelance science writer and editor based in Knoxville, Tenn. She began her blog, Gory Details, while she was an editor at Science News. She continues the blog at National Geographic, where she was online science editor and managed the Phenomena science blog network. Her work has also appeared at NPR, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Story Collider podcast, and in other newspapers and magazines. 

All Stories by Erika Engelhaupt

  1. Anthropology

    Neandertals ate stomach goop, and you can too

    Eating partially digested stomach contents, or chyme, has long been a nutritional boost.

  2. Animals

    Hiding up your nose is a clever strategy for ticks

    Found hiding in the noses of Ugandan chimps, a new tick species hitchhiked its way to America in a researcher's nose.

  3. Animals

    ‘World’s ugliest animal’ contest took a blobfish out of water

  4. Health & Medicine

    Why you should be only a little afraid to pee

  5. Health & Medicine


  6. Astronomy

    Sounds on distant worlds

  7. Neuroscience

    That’s Disgusting

  8. Science & Society

    Science Ink

  9. Science & Society

    Blood Work

  10. Health & Medicine

    The Killer of Little Shepherds:

  11. Engineering a cooler Earth