15 news posts from April 2020

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Sockeye salmon fuel a win-win for bears and people in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

In a world where valuable natural resources can be scarce, nature often loses when humans set their sights on something they want. But a new study published in the journal Ecological Applications shows that doesn’t always have to be true. Researchers found that with proper management of salmon fisheries, both humans and bears — who depend on a healthy supply of the fatty, oily fish — can thrive. 

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Agricultural pickers in US to see unsafely hot workdays double by 2050

Blueberry pickers

The global pandemic has put a focus on essential workers, those we rely on for basic services. Workers who pick crops, from strawberries to apples to nuts, already face harsh conditions harvesting in fields during summer harvest months. Those conditions will worsen significantly over the coming decades. A new study from the University of Washington and Stanford University, published online in Environmental Research Letters, looks at temperature increases in counties across the United States where crops are grown. 

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Megan Dethier named director of Friday Harbor Laboratories

The UW College of the Environment is pleased to announce that Megan Dethier has agreed to serve as director of the Friday Harbor Laboratories, effective May 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022. Dethier has been serving as the Interim Director of Friday Harbor Laboratories. Dethier is a research professor in the Biology Department at the University of Washington and works full-time at the College’s Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island. 

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David Montgomery awarded 2020 Vega Medal

David R. Montgomery

The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (SSAG) has awarded School of Earth and Spaces Sciences’ Professor David Montgomery the 2020 Vega Medal in honor of his achievements in physical geography, especially within the field of geomorphology. The objective of the SSAG is to promote the development of anthropology, geography, and closely related sciences in Sweden, to serve as a connecting link between scientists within these disciplines and the public, to initiate and maintain relations with foreign societies, and to support research in these areas. 

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