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Often, research cruises are planned years in advance. In this case, rapid deployment was necessary because phytoplankton blooms, like the one captured in the satellite images, are short-lived.

Karl and team quickly coordinated with Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a Western Washington…

As an 11-year-old growing up in Seattle, Western Washington University Professor of Biology Merrill Peterson was absolutely captivated by insects.

By the time he was a teenager, he was regularly attending entomological meetings and going on collecting expeditions with mentors that…

Once there were thousands, now there are hundreds.

The number of marine birds in Salish Sea have been greatly reduced over recent decades, according to research by John Bower, a professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Bower’s…

Requesting funding from research grants via the National Science Foundation (NSF) is usually a painstaking, yearlong process.

But when an extreme event occurs – such as the opening up of huge new vents in the southeastern flank of the Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, and the…

A Western Washington University professor has received a grant for renewable energy research.

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has named Western Washington University assistant professor of Chemistry Tim Kowalczyk a 2018 Cottrell Scholar, an honor that comes with a grant stipend to allow him to continue his research into the developing technology around solar thermal…

 

An international team of researchers from Western Washington University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) and various other institutions in Chile, Spain and the U.S. have teamed up to create a very detailed model of the Orion Star Forming Complex.

The results…

Watermelon snow is one of nature's peculiarities. Scientists don't fully understand it, or the long-term impact it could have on the environment.

Here's one thing they do know: Watermelon may look neat but it's not something conservationists want to see.

According to a study in…

Life underwater could offer insight into life in space

But unlike other vents, Lo'ihi isn’t quite as hot which makes it closer to what scientists expect to someday explore in space. Being a space agency, NASA doesn’t have its own underwater equipment ready to go, so instead, it is…

Meanwhile, high up in the Cascades and Olympics, so-called watermelon snow is making an appearance. The phenomenon is also caused by algae. This one is called Chlamydomonas nivalis, and it loves cold.

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