Erin Wayman

Erin Wayman

Managing Editor, Print and Longform

Erin Wayman is Science News’ managing editor for print and longform. She previously served as the production editor and reported on earth and environmental sciences for the magazine. A former primatologist-in-training, Erin decided to leave monkey-watching behind after a close run-in with angry peccaries in Ecuador. Once she completed her master’s degree in biological anthropology at the University of California, Davis, she switched careers and earned a master’s in science writing at Johns Hopkins University. Erin was previously an associate editor at EARTH and an assistant editor at Smithsonian magazine, where she blogged about human evolution. Her work has also appeared in New Scientist, Slate, ScienceNOW and Current Anthropology.

All Stories by Erin Wayman

  1. Humans

    Cold spells were dark times in Eastern Europe

    Cooler periods coincided with conflicts and disease outbreaks, a tree-ring study spanning the last millennium finds.

  2. Earth

    Glaciers carve path for future buildup

    Previously sculpted landscapes accumulate ice more quickly than steep valleys.

  3. Earth

    Quakes may bring nearby rocks closer to rupture

    Lab studies could explain how a seemingly stable geologic fault can fail.

  4. Humans

    Man the martial artist

    The human hand evolved partly as a tool for fighting, researchers argue.

  5. Out on a limb

    Fossils suggest early bipedal hominids still climbed.

  6. Earth

    Shrinking polar ice caused one-fifth of sea level rise

    Comprehensive analysis quantifies ice sheet loss in Greenland and Antarctica.

  7. Humans

    Ancient blades served as early weapons

    African find reveals complex toolmaking 71,000 years ago.

  8. Earth

    New pathway proposed for ancient flood

    Meltwaters off the northwestern part of Canada’s ice sheet would have shut down the ocean’s heat circulation 13,000 years ago.

  9. Earth

    Ozone hole at smallest size in decades

    Warm Antarctic temperatures help preserve UV-protecting layer.

  10. Animals

    Early arthropod had a fancy brain

    A 520-million-year-old fossil of a segmented animal shows that sophisticated central nervous systems are surprisingly ancient.

  11. Life

    Duck-billed dino could slice and dice

    Ancient animal’s teeth were made of six different tissue types.

  12. Humans

    Africans’ genes mute on human birthplace

    Latest DNA studies confirm previous research on the prehistory of African groups, but still can’t locate the root of the species.