Scientific Research

Whales are left to themselves as watchers stay at home
Whales are left to themselves as watchers stay at home
There are pros and cons to COVID-19’s impact on whales — less boat traffic, but also less research.
One Oregon county has widespread COVID-19 testing. Others aren’t so lucky.
One Oregon county has widespread COVID-19 testing. Others aren’t so lucky.
‘They don’t have a rainy-day fund or bucket of money that’s just waiting for a big crisis.’
The threat below Mount St. Helens
The threat below Mount St. Helens
Forty years after the mountain’s eruption, officials struggle to balance research and risk.
How climate research continues during stay-at-home orders
How climate research continues during stay-at-home orders
NOAA networks get creative to gather data.
How the pandemic will set back environmental science
How the pandemic will set back environmental science
Across the Western U.S., researchers are worried about unmonitored threatened species.
Monique the space elk and the wild history of tracking wildlife
Monique the space elk and the wild history of tracking wildlife
The legacy of scientific researchers, and a couple intrepid ungulates, endures half a century later.
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
Are wildland firefighters at a greater risk from COVID-19?
New research suggests that the smoke firefighters breathe makes the disease more threatening.
Extreme wildfires are changing Western forests
Extreme wildfires are changing Western forests
New studies show how high-intensity fires alter flower pollen, soil health and tree growth.
As COVID-19 spreads, so does misinformation
As COVID-19 spreads, so does misinformation
Sociologist Emma Spiro tracks the sources of coronavirus rumors, from information voids to information overload.
Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you
Tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you
How have your local governments and communities been impacted by the coronavirus?
What’s threatening the elusive wolverine?
What’s threatening the elusive wolverine?
As snowmobilers fight to preserve their pastime, scientists worry about the future of the species.
Will we ever know rec’s true impact on wildlife?
Will we ever know rec’s true impact on wildlife?
Scientists race to quantify winter recreation’s impact on Canada lynx, but technology outpaces them.
For skiers, there’s a contaminant underfoot
For skiers, there’s a contaminant underfoot
Premium wax is affecting alpine food webs.
Inside a Seattle lab working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine
Inside a Seattle lab working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine
‘We’ve put a lot of projects on hold so that we can focus on this.’
Why scientists rallied to save a museum of mud
Why scientists rallied to save a museum of mud
Researchers at Oregon State University hope the collection helps scientists understand more about earth’s past and future.
The mystery of mountain lions
The mystery of mountain lions
Despite decades of research, myth and fear still surround the animals.
Colorado throws wolves to the vote
Colorado throws wolves to the vote
Should democracy take over where science ends?
The Elon Musk dilemma
The Elon Musk dilemma
When big thinkers think badly.
A viral coyote-badger video demonstrates the incredible complexity of nature
A viral coyote-badger video demonstrates the incredible complexity of nature
A behavioral ecologist breaks down the importance of an adorable wildlife clip.
Do wilderness therapy programs really work?
Do wilderness therapy programs really work?
The expensive treatments for troubled teens have been around for years — but researchers still aren’t sure whether wilderness makes a difference.
What threatens the black-footed ferret?
What threatens the black-footed ferret?
Biologists are trying to understand why the species continues to disappear in the West.
Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas
Study finds 26,000 lives were saved by shift from coal to natural gas
“When you turn coal units off you see deaths go down.”
Scientists decode environmental impacts from Bering Sea bird feathers
Scientists decode environmental impacts from Bering Sea bird feathers
To understand the evolving marine environment, scientists look to the seabirds.
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