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 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.
White-nose syndrome comes to the West
White-nose syndrome comes to the West
Researchers race to find solutions for deadly bat disease.
Scientists dig up the past in packrat middens
Scientists dig up the past in packrat middens
The animals’ sturdy nests can preserve clues about the climate for 50,000 years or more.
The science behind Yellowstone’s bison cull
The science behind Yellowstone’s bison cull
Some wildlife biologists say the cull makes sense — but not because bison can spread brucellosis.
Climate change triggers triage in Northwest forests
Climate change triggers triage in Northwest forests
Siuslaw National Forest managers must decide whether to save meadows or let trees encroach.
Five new studies that change our understanding of permafrost
Five new studies that change our understanding of permafrost
Why they matter, even if you don’t live in the Arctic.
Wyoming seeks compromise on wildlife migration corridors
Wyoming seeks compromise on wildlife migration corridors
Migration science has advanced, and the Game & Fish Commission is looking to reassess land use.
How do you sex a beaver? Squeeze and sniff
How do you sex a beaver? Squeeze and sniff
Unlocking the secrets of rodent scent glands could help restore Western watersheds.
The beaver whisperer
The beaver whisperer
A biologist figures out how to keep beavers alive on Western landscapes.
Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?
Is this climate change-battered conifer migrating northward?
Scientists in Alaska are mapping what may be the tip of yellow cedar’s expanding range.
Researchers find an answer to invasive cheatgrass
Researchers find an answer to invasive cheatgrass
Will this native bacteria finally thwart one of the most invasive weeds in North America?
Hidden camera traps capture wildlife in Wyoming
Hidden camera traps capture wildlife in Wyoming
An ecologist uses a scientific tool for artistic purposes.
Wild Science: Will climate change force bees to miss flower season?
Wild Science: Will climate change force bees to miss flower season?
Scientists in Colorado investigate ominous climate risks for pollinators.
Hunting the Arctic’s disappearing treasures
Hunting the Arctic’s disappearing treasures
Ancient artifacts in the thawing North vanish before archaeologists can document them.
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
How much of California's dry spell can be traced to climate change?
Wild Science: Migratory birds on the Great Salt Lake
Wild Science: Migratory birds on the Great Salt Lake
Scientists explore how phalaropes respond to less water and increased salinity.
Wild Science: Is climate change helping the Uinta ground squirrel?
Wild Science: Is climate change helping the Uinta ground squirrel?
Go behind the scenes of capturing and tracking this prolific species.
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