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Western Washington University to partner in $30M NSF Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science   2023-09-07
Bellingham has become an urban heat island, climate change could hurt low income parts of the city more

Cities are hit hard from climate change through a phenomenon known as urban heat islands.

Urban heat islands refers to how cities create a pocket of higher temperatures than their surrounding areas. This is caused by a number of factors, most common the amount of impermeable surfaces…

WWU's Salish Sea Atlas wins award at 2023 ESRI Conference 2023-07-24
Meet 2023's Outstanding Graduate Students 2023-07-24
Algae blooms that cause pink snow could accelerate melting as Earth warms

“There never used to be any funding for this kind of work,” says Robin Kodner, a biologist at Western Washington University who’s at the forefront of a new push to understand what folks in the Pacific Northwest call “watermelon snow” — if…

Tribe reviving traditional shellfish resources, management practices

“There are places that once held millions and millions of oysters and now they are completely gone,” said Marco Hatch, an environmental sciences professor at Western Washington University and a partner in the Indigenous Aquaculture Collaborative Network that helped organize the…

13 WWU Students Receive Award in EPA's 2023 Environmental Justice Video Challenge 2023-07-12
2023 Outstanding Graduates: College of the Environment 2023-07-10
'Watermelon snow' piques curiosities in Utah after abnormally wet winter

The changes in the magnitude and timing of the melting — the exposure of bare ground earlier in the season — can cause problems in the Mountain West, affecting ecosystems and species that rely on cool water downstream and reservoirs designed to accommodate more gradual snowmelt. In places like…

Solutions: A professor digs for clams to boost sustainability and the environment

For the better part of the last 20 years, Western Washington University environmental science professor Marco Hatch has had his hands in the muddy shores of the Pacific Northwest and Canada, digging for clams. 

Specifically, Hatch has dedicated his life's work to clam gardens and the…

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