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.
Climate scientists fear harassment, threats
Climate scientists fear harassment, threats
Researchers fear attacks from a range of powerful foes in the coming years – and for many, it has long been happening.
Have we underestimated the West’s super-floods?
Have we underestimated the West’s super-floods?
Scientists warn that enormous floods may be more likely than we thought — and the Oroville Dam and others weren’t built to withstand them.
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Hitting the dimmer switch on city light helps animals and skygazers, too.
Artful science
Artful science
Data and poetry converge in an experimental forest.
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.
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