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

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

If you’ve been following our Women in Ecology series, you’ve probably noticed a few common themes: the value of mentorship in STEM fields is highly important, and gender diversity in the workplace continues…

Some researchers say the extent of possible changes to health risks based on the water quality standard adjustments are difficult to pin down.  

"Anytime a regulation is changed, there's actually a calculation that's supposed to be done. There are often assumptions made in…

At its heart, so much about the scientific discoveries that have moved human civilization forward comes down to one thing: data.

For hundreds of years, this paradigm has ruled the scientific process – scientist collects data, scientist analyzes data, scientist comes to conclusion based…

Robin Matthews, director of Western Washington University’s Institute for Watershed Studies, loves algae; she gets giddy even talking about it – even the types so toxic they can kill you.

“I just think they are the most fascinating little creatures,” she said. “Having researched them for…

It will take years to restore Lake Whatcom to what it was, just as it took years for the problem to develop.

“The lake is still showing signs of residential runoff. It’s going to take time. It’s going to take more time than people want to give it. It’s the kind of…

Western Washington University has been selected for the national 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction award, which recognizes higher education institutions across the country that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve…

Western Washington University Professor of Environmental Science Robin Matthews, director of Western’s Huxley College of the Environment Institute for Watershed Studies, is working with two student volunteers to provide water-quality monitoring data for Washington lakes as part of the…

The latest annual report on Lake Whatcom water quality seems to be frustrating people who want to see dramatic improvement and drastic measures to get there.

In a recent news report, lead Lake Whatcom researcher Robin Matthews said there are no quick fixes for lake…

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