Environmental Sciences Department

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Woodring College of Education: Azucena Zavala Montalvo

More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2018-19 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high…

Like cherry blossoms opening up on campus or Frisbees flying across the Old Main lawn, certain activities indicate that spring has sprung at Western, and one of those annual rites is celebrating the successes of Western students and the scholarships and fellowships they have been awarded, from…

In the first of a two-part Q&A, WWU's Doug Clark (Geology) and John Rybczyk (Environmental Science) talk about their research and how their fieldwork is increasingly tied to some aspect of climate change. Clark, a glacial geologist, witnesses firsthand the world's shrinking glaciers (…

wo recent studies by researchers at Western Washington University evaluated the carbon content in eelgrass meadows in Skagit County.

Core testing was left to colleagues at Western Washington University like 

There comes a time in the life of every young coastal rainbow trout when a combination of factors – genetic makeup, water conditions, its current health and size, and more – cause it to ask itself one very important question: To go to sea, or not go to sea?

Those that opt to leave the…

At the start of the spawning season in July, it is common to see up to several thousand sockeye swarming the mouth of the creek, their ruby-red bodies jostling in water less than 2 inches deep.

“At some point they just go for it,” Quinn says. “They are basically swimming over what’s…

“I think they’ve got a good shot,” said David Wallin, a professor of environmental sciences at Western Washington University. “Get through the first few weeks and their survival rate is going to be comparable to native goats.”

What is your professional background?

My background is in teaching, field research, statistics and data management. I have been studying butterflies and moths for over 10 years. My primary research interest is reaction to populations after management actions. I have…

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