Carolyn Wilke

Staff Writer, Science News for Students

Carolyn Wilke recently earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering at Northwestern University, where her research drew on the fields of environmental chemistry, materials science and toxicology. She got her start in science writing by blogging for HELIX, Northwestern’s science magazine and wrote as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow at The Sacramento Bee. Prior to working at Science News for Students, Carolyn interned at Science News and The Scientist. When not delving into a new scientific discovery, you might find Carolyn behind her sewing machine or trying to amuse her cat. 

All Stories by Carolyn Wilke

  1. Materials Science

    Scientists Say: Crystal

    The atoms or molecules in crystals take on a particular, repeatable pattern.

  2. Archaeology

    Scientists Say: Mummy

    Mummies are dead bodies that don’t rot. They can form under natural conditions or because of chemicals that stop decay.

  3. Space

    Could humans build a tall tower or giant rope to space?

    The movie Ad Astra shows a space antenna, a spindly structure reaching up into the stars. We look at what it would take to build something that big.

  4. Life

    Scientists Say: Zooxanthellae

    Algae called zooxanthellae live in the tissue of coral and provide the coral with food and its color.

  5. Space

    Scientists Say: Galaxy

    A galaxy is a group of millions to billions of stars, plus a lot of dust and gas.

  6. Climate

    Night-glowing clouds crept south this summer

    Clouds typical of polar skies have been showing up over the lower United States. Scientists want to know why.

  7. Animals

    Ancient crocodiles may have preferred chomping plants, not meat

    Fossil teeth of ancient crocodilians suggest that some ate plants and that such green diets evolved in crocs at least three times more than 60 million years ago.

  8. Animals

    Some mama whales may whisper to keep calves safe from orcas

    Even enormous whales can fear the threat that orcas pose to their babies. It now seems that some have taken to whispering to help their young stay off the killer whales’ radar.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Bats are now the primary source of U.S. rabies deaths

    Although human rabies is not common in the United States, it still occurs. But here dogs are no longer the likely source of this oft-lethal infection: Bats are.

  10. Earth

    Antibiotics pollute many of the world’s rivers

    A survey of 165 rivers finds unsafe levels of antibiotics at one in six sites tested. Such pollution can leave germs resistant (unharmed) by the drugs.