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

    Kansas was unbearably hot 270 million years ago

    Temperatures soared to nearly 74 degrees Celsius, which no plants or animals could endure.

  2. Earth

    Landslides detected from afar

    Seismic fingerprints can reveal that a rock avalanche has occurred in a remote location.

  3. Earth

    Extreme storm surges may occur more often

    Climate simulations suggest hurricane-caused flooding will increase in frequency as temperatures warm.

  4. Planetary Science

    Distant planets’ atmospheres revealed

    Telescopes get first direct glimpse of gases on exoplanets.

  5. Earth

    Canada’s ice shrinking rapidly

    Melt from Arctic Archipelago will raise sea levels by 3.5 centimeters.

  6. Life

    Camel ancestors lived in the Arctic

    Fossils on Ellesmere Island suggest famous desert dweller got its start in cold regions.

  7. Life

    Impact craters may have been a toasty home for early life

    The heat generated during a cosmic crash could have nurtured ancient organisms.

  8. Humans

    Origins of alcohol consumption traced to ape ancestor

    Eating fermented fruit off the ground may have paved way for ability to digest ethanol.

  9. Life

    Bird, human tweets come from similar parts of the brain

    Genetics study finds parallels in birdsong and language.

  10. Life

    Melting Arctic may make algae flourish

    More sunlight penetrates thinning Arctic sea ice, enabling algal growth.

  11. Life

    Antianxiety drugs affect fish, too

    Perch swim more and eat faster when exposed to concentrations of an antianxiety medication found in rivers.

  12. Life

    Ancestors of today’s placental mammals may never have shared the Earth with dinosaurs

    A newly constructed family tree dovetails with the fossil record, but differs considerably from previous genetic studies by suggesting that placental mammals emerged after the dinosaur extinction.