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. Humans

    Origins of alcohol consumption traced to ape ancestor

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

  2. Life

    Bird, human tweets come from similar parts of the brain

    Genetics study finds parallels in birdsong and language.

  3. Life

    Melting Arctic may make algae flourish

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

  4. Life

    Antianxiety drugs affect fish, too

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

  5. 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.

  6. Earth

    Magnitude 8.0 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

    Temblor is the largest in a month of seismic activity on Australian-Pacific plate boundary.

  7. Humans

    Earlier Neandertal demise suggested by redating

    Using an improved radiocarbon method, researchers challenge the notion that the species hung on in Iberia for millennia after modern humans arrived in Europe.

  8. Earth

    Indonesian mud eruption will soon die out, scientists predict

    Spewing muck since 2006, volcano will calm to a sputter by 2017.

  9. Earth

    Warmer is not always wetter

    Compared to global warming caused by solar radiation, global warming caused by greenhouse gases results in less rainfall, simulations suggest.

  10. Life

    Chimps’ baby teeth don’t predict weaning

    The age at which a chimpanzee gets its first molar tooth doesn't predict when it will stop nursing.

  11. Earth

    Human-made waste heat warms climate

    Energy dissipated as heat in cities can cause regional temperature changes, simulations suggest.

  12. Life

    Group to Group

    Wild chimpanzees pick up ant-fishing behavior from a female immigrant.