Environmental Sciences

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Pair of WWU students nominated for the state Student Civic Leadership Awards 2024-04-10
Ask a scientist: Are human-derived hormones like estrogen harming fish in Puget Sound?

Hormones such as estrogens that humans create in their own bodies are entering Puget Sound through wastewater, raising concerns about their effects on fish and other wildlife. We spoke with Puget Sound Institute scientist Maya Faber about how environmental exposure to human-derived estrogen…

Add wildfire, climate change to the list of Lake Whatcom worries

As for those less-than-dramatic pollution results, Angela Strecker, Western Washington University’s director of the Institute for Watershed Studies, explained that measures of phosphorus, dissolved oxygen and algae blooms were more or less stable, although phosphorus appeared to be declining…

Research recap: Students working on new research in anthropology and environmental sciences 2024-01-25
Meet Mitchell Gibbs, WWU's visiting Fulbright scholar from Australia 2023-11-15
WWU’s Robin Kodner Secures $1.9M NSF Grant to Support DEI Initiatives in Scientific Societies 2023-10-31
A new approach to science rooted in Indigenous tradition

MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI: If you walk along the beach on the Pacific Northwest coast, you might not notice some very special things. They're called clam gardens, and they've been sitting along the shore for thousands of years.

MARCO HATCH: Clam gardens are these really special intertidal…

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…

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…

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