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. Earth

    Breakups maintain barchan dune fields, somehow

    Two new theories try to explain how the crescent-shaped sand mountains persist.

  2. Earth

    Millions in China at risk of exposure to arsenic-tainted water

    Simulation shows possibly contaminated areas and predicts populations at risk.

  3. Killer whales, grandmas and what men want: Evolutionary biologists consider menopause

    Menopause seems like a cruel prank that Mother Nature plays on women. First come the hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, irregular periods, irritability and weight gain. Then menstruation stops and fertility ends. Why, many women ask, must they suffer through this? Evolutionary biologists, it turns out, ask themselves more or less the same question. […]

  4. Climate

    Climate change carved canyons in Andes

    Erosion came thanks to cooling and more rain, not tectonic activity.

  5. Climate

    The Attacking Ocean

  6. Humans

    Y chromosome analysis moves Adam closer to Eve

    A pair of genetic studies has pushed back age of men's most recent common ancestor.

  7. Animals

    Oxygen boost aided carnivore evolution in Cambrian explosion

    Atmospheric change and rise of predators caused burst in complexity of life.

  8. Climate

    Wetter permafrost clings to carbon better

    In 12-year lab study, moist soil samples released less greenhouse gas as they warmed.

  9. Cosmology

    Gold seen in neutron star collision debris

    Material ejected in gamma-ray bursts may be a main source of the heavy elements.

  10. Earth

    Millions of years ago, frozen ice sheet in East Antarctica melted

    Warming may have caused ice sheet collapse and huge increase in sea level.

  11. Paleontology

    Dinosaur had impressive schnoz

    Fossils found in Utah reveal geographic segregation of horned species.

  12. Paleontology

    T. rex hunted live prey

    Fossils yield tooth in healed wound of another dinosaur.