Scientific Research

The disappearance of Washington’s orca whales
The disappearance of Washington’s orca whales
The endangered whales are at a 30-year low, tied to depressed chinook salmon runs.
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
What a new report on climate science portends for the West
From wildfires to drought, a look at a warming world.
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
How an ancient potato helped people survive climate shifts
Utah-area tribes explain the continuing relevance of North America’s oldest spud.
Will Zinke undo protections for the West’s most iconic bird?
Will Zinke undo protections for the West’s most iconic bird?
The Interior Department reviews sage grouse management plans.
We can still ease back from worst-case climate scenarios
We can still ease back from worst-case climate scenarios
A colossal iceberg breaks off Antarctica, foreshadowing a daunting future climate.
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
A recently discovered species of crossbill already faces extinction.
Meet the woman behind Colorado’s highest trails
Meet the woman behind Colorado’s highest trails
How trail designer Loretta McEllhiney protects mountains from people.
White sharks rebound in California
White sharks rebound in California
The long arc of environmental regulation is rebuilding a damaged ecosystem.
The cost of the bighorn comeback
The cost of the bighorn comeback
In California’s Eastern Sierra, bringing back bighorn has meant killing more mountain lions.
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Meet Jane, a climate scientist who fled Trump’s government
Worries about science censorship drove her from her post at the Energy Department.
Good management starts with science
Good management starts with science
Should decisions on wildlife be made at the ballot box — or by experts?
Where Trump has weakened public and scientific input
Where Trump has weakened public and scientific input
Suspended advisory boards and dismissed scientists hamper policy-making.
Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply
Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply
Three new studies show dry times ahead.
#LiveAndLetTutu; a sodden Oregon; mastodon for dinner
#LiveAndLetTutu; a sodden Oregon; mastodon for dinner
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Learning to live with bears
Learning to live with bears
Two books examine our evolving relationship with bears.
Climate change is unraveling natural cycles in the West
Climate change is unraveling natural cycles in the West
Spring’s early arrival creates more mismatches in ecosystems.
What citizen science can say about seabird deaths
What citizen science can say about seabird deaths
In the Pacific Northwest, the diligence of citizen scientists helps discern patterns in die-offs.
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
Ten years, 3 million pounds of soil and 1,800 sensors
The numbers behind the world’s largest weathering experiment.
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
A conservation plan puts science ahead of politics.
West Obsessed: The March for Science, out West
West Obsessed: The March for Science, out West
After Earth Day, a look at researchers’ economic influence and political sway.
Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science
Republicans set their sights on the EPA’s science
The federal agency that regulates our environment may soon have less data to work with.
California’s backcountry drug war
California’s backcountry drug war
Dangerous drug cartels are growing pot on public lands—putting wildlife, water supplies, and outdoor enthusiasts at grave risk.
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
California wants to give dispirited federal workers a job
Why the state’s utility commission is recruiting EPA, Energy employees.