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. Animals

    Elephant diets changed millions of years before their teeth

    The animals fed on grasses long before their molars could grind the tough plants.

  2. Animals

    Oysters may struggle to build shells as carbon dioxide rises

    Ocean acidification could hamper larvae's growth.

  3. Life

    Primitive fish could nod but not shake its head

    Ancient fossils reveal surprises about early vertebrate necks, abdominal muscles.

  4. Climate

    Southwest’s monsoon season may heat up with the climate

    Warmer temperatures may bring stronger rainy seasons over the long term, study finds.

  5. Plants

    Mosses frozen in time come back to life

    Buried under a glacier for hundreds of years, plants regrow in the lab.

  6. Oceans

    Glacier melt causes large fraction of sea level rise

    From 2003 to 2009, thawing ice nearly as large a contributor to oceans as massive sheets at poles, researchers find in new analysis.

  7. Earth

    Groundwater isolated for eons

    At least 1.5 billion years after it last saw the surface, flowing liquid may host life.

  8. Climate

    Warming may not release Arctic carbon

    Element could stay locked in soil, 20-year study suggests.

  9. Humans

    Eruption early in human prehistory may have been more whimper than bang

    If Hollywood’s right, the apocalypse will be brutal. Aliens, nuclear war, zombies, plague, enslavement by supersmart robots — none of them are good endings. Some archaeologists, however, believe an apocalypse has already come and gone. About 75,000 years ago, they say, a monster volcanic eruption nearly wiped out humankind, leaving behind only a few thousand people to […]

  10. Climate

    Carbon dioxide in atmosphere reaches landmark level

    At 400 parts per million, greenhouse gas concentration is now higher than it has been for millions of years.

  11. Earth

    Japan’s 2011 earthquake upped Tokyo’s risk

    Chance more than doubled that capital city will soon experience big temblor, researchers calculate.

  12. Earth

    The Arctic was once warmer, covered by trees

    Pliocene epoch featured greenhouse gas levels similar to today's but with higher average temperatures.