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The toxicity levels of seaweed at two Skagit County sites were included in a Salish Sea study done by Western Washington University researchers

The study, published in the scientific journal PLoS One on Sept. 23, looked at three species of edible seaweed at 43 Salish…

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A new study just published by researchers at Western Washington University (WWU) reports concentrations of up to 162 chemical contaminants in three species of edible seaweeds gathered in the Salish Sea.

Seaweeds are consumed by many people living on or near the Salish Sea – from Indigenous peoples revitalizing the ancient foodways of their cultures to those simply seeking a readily available and highly nutritious protein source - but little is known about whether contaminants in the Sea’s…

It takes a butter clam about three years to grow to harvestable size, according to Western Washington University marine ecologist and Samish Nation member Marco Hatch.

“What we're doing here is something that hasn't been done in living memory, which is build a clam…

The play on words “geology rocks” is old and familiar to many people, but in the eyes of the Geological Society of America, WWU Geology Professor Liz Schermer also rocks. 

The society recently announced Schermer as a Society Fellow, which is a rare honor awarded to people who are…

Two Western biology assistant professors, Suzanne Lee and Nick Galati, were recently awarded National Science Foundation CAREER grants, the foundation’s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty. Lee and Galati received $1,254,671 and $908,007 grants, respectively, to continue…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each week, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at…

Edward Vajda, professor of linguistics, Russian, and Eurasian Studies in Western’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with his long-time colleague Michael Fortescue (professor emeritus, University of Copenhagen), have published a new book, Mid-Holocene Language Connections between…

The British Columbia government has announced the surrender of mining rights at the headwaters of the Skagit River, following yearslong controversy over protection of one of the region’s premier salmon rivers.

Under an agreement announced Wednesday by the office of the B.C. premier,…

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