Erin Wayman

Erin Wayman

Managing Editor, Magazine

Erin Wayman became Science News’ production editor in 2013 after a year of reporting 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. The Old Man of La Chapelle
    Science & Society

    Historian traces rise of celebrity hominid fossils

    In Seven Skeletons, Lydia Pyne explores the cultural histories of the most iconic fossil figures in human evolution.

  2. Koko and Penny

    Documentary looks for meaning in Koko the gorilla’s life

    'Koko — The Gorilla Who Talks' documents the nearly 45-year relationship between researcher Penny Patterson and Koko, the subject of an ape sign language project.

  3. proteins under a microscope

    Biologists seek help to ‘see’ itty-bitty molecules in 3-D

    A new citizen science project called Microscopy Masters aims to improve how scientists build three-dimensional models of proteins.

  4. people watching a 3-D TV

    3-D TVs are a work in need of progress

    In 1966, scientists predicted 3-D TVs would broadcast life-size holograms by 1984.

  5. Gigantopithecus in The Jungle Book

    Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ resurrects giant extinct ape

    Disney’s latest version of ‘The Jungle Book’ features Gigantopithecus, the largest known ape ever to have lived.

  6. 3-D skull

    Free virtual fossils for everyone archives 3-D images of bones from over 200 genera of both living and extinct animals.

  7. Fossil Finder screenshot

    Search for fossils from the comfort of home

    The citizen science website lets anyone with an Internet connection look for fossils and characterize rocks at Kenya’s Lake Turkana Basin

  8. Priya Rajasethupathy headshot

    Priya Rajasethupathy: Memories mark DNA

    Neuroscientist Priya Rajasethupathy has discovered a tiny molecule that may turn off part of the genome to help the brain store long-term memories.

  9. bearded capuchin monkey

    A monkey uses a stick to pick its teeth and nose

    A wild bearded capuchin monkey in Brazil was caught using tools to pick its nose and teeth.

  10. Life

    Alison Jolly’s last book chronicles efforts to save lemurs

    In ‘Thank You, Madagascar,’ primatologist Alison Jolly, who spent decades studying lemurs, provides an insider’s account of the struggles that conservationists face.

  11. Omo I skull

    How Homo sapiens became world’s dominant species

    'First Peoples' dispels old ideas about human evolution and tells an updated tale of how Homo sapiens came to dominate the world.

  12. Parathrapus boisei

    How to reconstruct the face of an extinct human ancestor

    3-D designer reconstructs portraits of ancestors for the human family album.