Marine and Coastal Science

Many people think that the ocean’s greatest mysteries are in the depths, but one Western student is searching for them in the shallows of the Salish Sea. 

Lucy Greeley, a fourth-year Marine and Coastal Science major, is studying the bioluminescent plankton in the waters in and around…

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…

Saving endangered Pinto abalone is hard in part because locating their habitat is time-consuming and, as a result, expensive. The process involves dive crews on the water in search of suitable locations, but there are only so many dives a team can do in a day. A recent SeaDoc-funded project is…

It is the water that has sustained the people of western Washington forever, but researchers now say the Salish Sea is under “unrelenting pressure” put on it by 150 years of human development.

“It’s an incredible place. People come from all over the world to see the Salish Sea,” said…

Western Washington University graduate student Hannah Hein studied the vast rolling prairies of her native Minnesota as an undergrad at St. Olaf College – and she has now shifted her research focus to a vital underwater grassland, the critically important eelgrass meadows of the Pacific…

While the labs, halls and dorms at Western Washington University's Shannon Point Marine Center remain quieter than normal, some research has resumed, and plans are taking shape to make way for more.

"It has definitely been a slowdown," the center's Director of Marine and Coastal Science…

Western Washington University's geosciences programs were recently ranked #7 nationally in 2021 by Study.com.  Geosciences is a broad umbrella of disciplines from across campus, providing an interdisciplinary study of all aspects of the Earth (land, water, and atmosphere), its…

Western Washington University's geosciences programs were recently ranked #7 nationally in 2021 by Study.com.  Geosciences is a broad umbrella of disciplines from across campus, providing an interdisciplinary study of all aspects of the Earth (land, water, and atmosphere), its…

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 grants and research at Western Washington University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research…

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 grants and research at Western Washington University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research…

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