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Gulf of Maine sees second-hottest year on record, report shows, ‘getting to the edge of habitability’

“One of the reasons that the Gulf of Maine is warming so rapidly is because of where it sits in the North Atlantic with regards to ocean circulation,” said Nina Whitney, an adjunct scientist at WHOI and research assistant professor at Western Washington University who was the lead author of the…

Deadline for this year's MACS cohort is Jan. 15 2023-01-10
WWU’s Emily Roland and Six Undergrads Spend Week at Sea Gathering Data from the Queen Charlotte Fault off SE Alaska 2022-10-31
The Clean Water Act turns 50: A Q&A with WWU's Jean Melious and Angela Strecker 2022-10-25
Researchers find potentially harmful level of pollutants in edible seaweed

The plentiful seaweed off the shores of Fidalgo and other surrounding islands has concentrated contaminants, according to a study published recently by a team at Western Washington University.

It's the same seaweed that is often eaten by area tribal members and kayakers looking for a…

Skagit County sites included in Salish Sea seaweed toxicity study

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…

Study raises concerns about contaminants in edible seaweeds

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.

WWU researchers find potentially harmful levels of pollutants in the Salish Sea’s edible seaweeds 2022-09-26
Call of the light draws Western student to study bioluminescent plankton 2022-06-30
This phenomenon in Bellingham Bay is still a mystery to researchers. They want your help

Lucy Greeley is going to spend her summer researching the glowing bioluminescence in Bellingham Bay, and you can too.

Bellingham’s Community Boating Center has teamed up with Western Washington University on a new citizen science initiative: Visitors who join the nonprofit’s…

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