18 news posts from May 2015

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New knowledge and technology help scientists track harmful algae

Grunbaum and Coyle

Though the waters of Puget Sound are full of beneficial algae, which provide oxygen, food, and shelter for other creatures, it’s the nasty ones that usually make the news, when they "bloom" into toxic pools, harming fish and humans. Now, researchers working with Washington Sea Grant have started to narrow in on harmful algae’s behaviors, and are developing some slick techniques that they hope will lead to much more effective detection and monitoring.

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UW ecologist and citizen scientists lead the charge against invasive crayfish

There’s no time­ like the present for Pine Lake residents—an invasive species of crayfish has taken hold in their backyard and community members are mobilizing to give them the boot. Even though it means setting aside several hours a week during western Washington’s best weather months, these citizen scientists swap their fishing poles for cage traps, hiking boots for clipboards, and swimsuits for scientific instruments to restore the lake’s ecosystem. 

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The angle of repose, wild turkeys, wood smoke in London, and more: May 4 weekly published research

Each week we share the latest peer-reviewed publications coming from the College of the Environment. Over the past week, fifteen new articles co-authored by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science database, including three open-access studies on seagrass, wood smoke during winter in London, and the surface area of bird bones. Check them out!

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