Scientific Research

Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Wildfire recovery is possible — for some Westerners
Resilience depends on economics and history as much as fuel.
California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
California wildfires weren’t always this destructive
Indigenous residents say traditional practices and careful burns could temper blazes.
Can big data help save endangered species?
Can big data help save endangered species?
A new tool could improve rare species recovery — or justify letting some species perish.
The watcher and the watched
The watcher and the watched
Observation transforms our bodies and minds.
Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West
Ask a Scientist: Why NOAA matters for the West
CIRES head Waleed Abdalati answers our questions.
How one artist captured the changing climate in watercolor
How one artist captured the changing climate in watercolor
Artist and scientist Jill Pelto’s riveting paintings use data to show climate change’s impacts.
Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator
Tools for the wannabe Western weather prognosticator
The five best resources for understanding the region’s wacky weather.
Colorado’s controversial plan to kill predators
Colorado’s controversial plan to kill predators
A study plans to remove mountain lions and black bears to boost mule deer.
Why a scientist cut down ‘the oldest living tree’
Why a scientist cut down ‘the oldest living tree’
The Prometheus Tree in Nevada was nearly 5,000 years old when it was cut down. It could have lived a lot longer.
Bedrooms for burrowing owls
Bedrooms for burrowing owls
In Oregon, the Global Owl Project builds artificial burrows to help owls recover.
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
Researchers and citizens are rushing to back-up government data on climate change and other issues, fearing political interference.
5 reasons to be optimistic about climate change
5 reasons to be optimistic about climate change
Recent accomplishments have paved a way forward for environmental progress.
In California caves, a millipede mystery
In California caves, a millipede mystery
A new species in Sequoia National Park reminds scientists of what is yet to be discovered.
Endangered, with climate change to blame
Endangered, with climate change to blame
Climate projections are reason enough for Endangered Species Act protection, court rules.
What is a chub, really?
What is a chub, really?
In Arizona, three native chub species were reclassified as one, raising concerns about the management of the species.
Coastal urbanization could boost biodiversity
Coastal urbanization could boost biodiversity
Environmental DNA surveys found higher diversity of clams and mud-dwelling species in populated Puget Sound.
From bears to berries
From bears to berries
A wildlife biologist turns her sights on climate science and the elusive huckleberry.
American pika disappearing from Western regions
American pika disappearing from Western regions
The pika is fading from historical habitat and a new study points to climate change.
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
The state culled wolves that had been collared, and it’s no longer feasible to continue research.
How purple bacteria could help save amphibians in the Rockies
How purple bacteria could help save amphibians in the Rockies
A Colorado researcher is using boreal toads’ microbiomes to help them ward off a deadly fungus.
Rewilding the shortgrass prairie 
Rewilding the shortgrass prairie 
A scientist with ranching roots is trying to restore balance to degraded grasslands.
Inside the moss mystery: How the organisms helped reveal Portland’s pollution
Inside the moss mystery: How the organisms helped reveal Portland’s pollution
Surveys of tree moss uncovered contamination that may have led to higher cancer rates.
New report: West Coast waters face double threat
New report: West Coast waters face double threat
Ocean acidification, driven by global fossil fuel emissions, is being exacerbated by local pollution.
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