18 news posts from June 2015

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Steller sea lions, ship tracks, livestock grazing and more: This week’s published research

Ocean Wave

Each week we share the latest peer-reviewed publications coming from the College of the Environment. Over the past week, eleven new articles co-authored by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science database, including two open-access studies, one on Steller sea lions and one on the Monterey Bay ship track experiment. Read on!

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Researcher at UW’s Olympic Natural Resources Center helps pinpoint massive harmful algal bloom

The algal bloom that shut down several shellfish fisheries along the West Coast earlier this year has developed into the largest and most severe in a decade or more—stretching from at least central California to as far north as Alaska. UW research analyst Anthony Odell is part of a NOAA-led team of harmful algae experts who are surveying the extent of the patch and searching for the swirling eddies that can become toxic to marine mammals and humans. 

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What does it take to catalogue every glacier in a mountain range?

Hiking up Blue Glacier

After days of waiting around in Port Angeles, Washington, Earth and Space Sciences’ T.J. Fudge finally got some good news: a helicopter would be able to drop him and another researcher into the wilderness of Olympic National Park. Fudge didn’t know it yet, but nasty weather would prevent the helicopter from returning to pick them up, leaving the scientists no choice but to hike out. 

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