3 news posts from July 2022

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How computer models and statistics are shaping modern ecology

Pigeon Guillemot banding

When we think of wildlife ecologists, we might envision researchers traipsing through meadows, fording rivers, and tracking elusive predators on daring field expeditions. While some of these images may be accurate, those who work in quantitative ecology and conservation know that some of the most groundbreaking and essential ecological research takes place behind the computer screen, using statistics, mapping, and mathematical models. 

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UW Atmospheric Sciences achieves No. 1 global ranking; nearly three dozen UW subjects in top 50

student gives weather forecast

Eight University of Washington subjects ranked in the top 10 and Atmospheric Sciences moved to its position as No. 1 in the world on the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list for 2022. The ranking, released Tuesday, was conducted by researchers at the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, a fully independent organization dedicating to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. Other UW subjects in the top 10 include oceanography at No. 

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‘Safety in numbers’ tactic keeps Pacific salmon safe from predators

Coho salmon are seen swimming

Animals that live in groups tend to be more protected from predators. That idea might be common sense, but it’s difficult to test for some species, especially for wild populations of fish that live in the ocean. A new University of Washington study that leverages historical data has found unique support for the “safety in numbers” hypothesis by showing that Pacific salmon in larger groups have lower risk of being eaten by predators. 

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