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. 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.

  2. Parathrapus boisei

    How to reconstruct the face of an extinct human ancestor

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

  3. Planetary Science

    Rover finds methane in Mars air, organics in rocks

    NASA’s Curiosity rover has found organic molecules on Mars, but scientists can’t say whether they are a sign of life on the Red Planet.

  4. Designing for Disaster exhibit at National Building Museum

    Exhibit lays out principles for disaster-resistant structures

    The National Building Museum’s ‘Designing for Disaster’ exhibit showcases the science and engineering of making disaster-resistant infrastructure.

  5. cliffs in Spain

    ‘Mass Extinction’ vivifies the science of die-offs

    The dinosaurs were killed off some 65 million years ago after a colossal asteroid struck Earth. But what many people probably don’t know is how paleontologists came to that conclusion. "Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink" tells that story.

  6. Earth

    ‘Tambora’ links volcano to the ‘year without a summer’

    Author Gillen D’arcy Wood links the volcano to historical changes in art, opium, cholera and more.

  7. Oso, Wash., landslide

    Seismic signals chronicle deadly landslide

    Washington state’s deadly Oso landslide was recorded in seismic waves.

  8. Life

    The Monkey’s Voyage

    By 26 million years ago, the ancestors of today’s New World monkeys had arrived in South America. How those primates reached the continent is something of a conundrum.

  9. Planetary Science

    Year in Review: Methane shortage on Mars

    A trace of the gas is not enough to be a sign of life.

  10. Climate

    Year in Review: Carbon dioxide levels pass milestone

    Although scientists are confident about humankind’s role in climate change, they still have a lot to learn about the magnitude and timing of future climate shifts.

  11. Earth


    An ice volcano that erupts slurries of volatile compounds such as water or methane instead of lava.

  12. Humans

    The Accidental Species