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WWU researchers find potentially harmful levels of pollutants in the Salish Sea’s edible seaweeds 2022-09-26
Call of the light draws Western student to study bioluminescent plankton 2022-06-30
This phenomenon in Bellingham Bay is still a mystery to researchers. They want your help

Lucy Greeley is going to spend her summer researching the glowing bioluminescence in Bellingham Bay, and you can too.

Bellingham’s Community Boating Center has teamed up with Western Washington University on a new citizen science initiative: Visitors who join the nonprofit’s…

On the Water with the Pinto Abalone Team

Saving endangered Pinto abalone is hard in part because locating their habitat is time-consuming and, as a result, expensive. The process involves dive crews on the water in search of suitable locations, but there are only so many dives a team can do in a day. A recent SeaDoc-funded project is…

'Unrelenting pressure': The Salish Sea is in trouble as western Washington keeps growing

It is the water that has sustained the people of western Washington forever, but researchers now say the Salish Sea is under “unrelenting pressure” put on it by 150 years of human development.

“It’s an incredible place. People come from all over the world to see the Salish Sea,” said…

Eelgrass from the Air: WWU grad student studying vital ecosystem using drones 2021-04-14
Pushing Past the Pandemic: Research 'crawling back' at Shannon Point Marine Research Center

While the labs, halls and dorms at Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center remain quieter than normal, some research has resumed, and plans are taking shape to make way for more.

"It has definitely been a slowdown," the center's Director of Marine and Coastal Science…

Western's Geosciences programs ranked #7 nationally by 2021-03-16
Western's Geosciences programs ranked #7 nationally by 2021-03-16
Research Recap for Feb. 26 2021-02-26
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