Results of a flood plain study by Western Washington University students in Stanwood last month won’t be revealed until next spring.
The students took the data they collected the week of Aug. 21-25 back to Bellingham before taking a summer break.
“At this point we have a bunch of raw data sitting in a spreadsheet,” said David Davidson, survey project coordinator.
But the claims of harm to vegetation were backed by sloppy science, Noss said. Physical impacts like rain, snow and ice are more likely culprits in damage to rare native plants, he said.
New science corroborates the goats’ origin story. David Wallin, a professor of environmental sciences at Western Washington University, said genetic testing of Olympic goats corresponds closely to goat genetics in Canada and Alaska, but not to those in the Cascades.
Most species struggle because humans colonize or destroy their habitat, said Wallin, the WWU professor. But there’s opportunity for the Cascades goats.
“Ninety-five percent of the alpine zone in the Cascades is protected in some way or another,” Wallin said.
The plant science is still unresolved.
A recent study by John All et al., “Fire Response to Local Climate Variability,” investigates whether or not human interference in the fire regime of Huascarán National Park in Peru was the primary cause of an increase in fire activity in the park. In an interview with GlacierHub, John All, a research professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, said , “There are multiple potential sources of black carbon, but our work indicates that black carbon on glaciers in the Cordillera Blanca is almost entirely ‘young’ carbon – i.e. not fossil carbon like diesel. Mountain fires potentially provide large amounts and large particle sizes of local black carbon that can be deposited immediately onto the glacier.”
Sharks and rays are incredibly important to the delicate ecosystems near coral reefs. Their numbers are dwindling rapidly, and being able to understand how the populations of sharks and rays in various areas have been affected by overfishing and other factors will give researchers rich insight into where conservation efforts should be concentrated.
And Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, the vice-provost for equal opportunity at Western Washington University, said Western developed “an extremely robust program” at the Bellingham school as a result of the April 2011 letter.
OCR has started 432 investigations of colleges for possibly mishandling reports of sexual violence, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. So far, only 73 of those cases have been resolved.
The 11 cases in Washington include four open cases at Washington State University, and one at the University of Washington.
Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa is urging undocumented WWU students to access resources through the university’s Student Outreach Services. Whatcom Community College and Bellingham Technical College also have campus contacts and resources listed on their websites for undocumented students.
“Because China went through such a tumultuous period of time, Chinese people are very resilient, sensitive, attuned to events around them,” says Luo Baozhen, a sociology professor at Western Washington University.
“It’s what has allowed them to survive and thrive.”
Since 2013, student headcount at other four-year public universities in Washington has been rising slowly at Western Washington University and Central Washington University and vacillates between steady to down slightly at Eastern Washington University.
Standing on a rocky outcrop some 16,000 feet above sea level, mountain ecologist John All stares intensely at the glacier that leads up to the summit of Mount Maparaju, another 1,500 feet above us.
It should form a gentle convex arc from where we stand all the way up to the peak, perhaps half a mile away. For an experienced mountaineer like him, heading to the summit ought to be nothing more than a 90-minute stroll.
Instead, the glacier surface, ravaged by climate change, has sunk so dramatically that going straight up now would entail a technical climb up a 70 degree slab of ice.
All, who since 2011 has been conducting annual surveys of the effects of global warming here in Huascaran National Park, in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, estimates that the glacier surface has dropped around 170 feet just since he was last here 12 months ago.
In other words, the volume of ice lost just over the last year would be more than enough to fill an NFL Stadium.
“What is surprising is that the rate of melting is changing so quickly,” said All, a research professor at Western Washington University and head of the American Climber Science Program. “We always knew it was not going to be linear but now it feels exponential.”
After a successful start in Lynden, the idea of drinking a beer while supporting a global effort has expanded to Bellingham.