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
- Becoming Human
- News in BriefAt 400 parts per million, greenhouse gas concentration is now higher than it has been for millions of years.
- News in BriefChance more than doubled that capital city will soon experience big temblor, researchers calculate.
- NewsPliocene epoch featured greenhouse gas levels similar to today's but with higher average temperatures.
- News in BriefSimulation suggests long-term effect on sea level not as dire as some predictions.
- NewsExposures to lead and chromium represent particular problems, study finds in India, Indonesia and Philippines.
- Reviews & Previews
Proponents of the paleo diet believe the mismatch between today’s Western lifestyle and that of early humans is making us fat and sick. Our bodies haven’t had time to adapt to our new ways of life, the thinking goes, so eating like our ancestors is the ticket to good health.
This notion that our lives are out of sync with the way humans were meant to be is a fallacy, or a “paleofantasy,” claims Zuk, an evolutionary biologist. With piles of evidence from recent genetic and anthropological research, she offers a dose of paleoreality.
- News in BriefStorm dwarfs anything on Earth, with enormous eye and whipping winds.
- NewsLow levels of chlorine on planet's surface have long puzzled scientists.
- News in BriefA slab stayed unperturbed in the mantle for billions of years before resurfacing, sulfur measurements suggest.