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.
Erin Wayman's Articles
- Reviews & PreviewsBy 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.
- FeatureA trace of the gas is not enough to be a sign of life.
- FeatureAlthough 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.
- Say What?An ice volcano that erupts slurries of volatile compounds such as water or methane instead of lava.
- Reviews & Previews
This is not a typical book about human evolution. There’s no chronology of fossil discoveries, no detailed description of hominid species or even an illustration of human family trees. In fact, the book is largely about what we don’t know about human evolution — and what we’ve gotten wrong.
- News in BriefSimulations suggest reduced air pollution would improve public health.
T wo degrees Celsius: the point of no return. Once average global temperatures exceed preindustrial levels by this amount, scientists warn, a climate catastrophe could become inevitable. Current projections indicate that it would be too late to prevent sea ice from disappearing, ice sheets from collapsing and rising seas from swallowing heavily populated coastlines.
- NewsA dearth of the gas in the Red Planet's atmosphere disappoints scientists looking for signs of biological activity.
- NewsMantle plume might have left trail of hot rock under continental US.
- NewsHumans might have migrated across the arid region along three once-lush waterways.