Science Communication Corner

Science Communication Corner

Peatlands, like the Shadow Lake Bog, are the most carbon-dense ecosystems on the planet. Peat bogs not only store carbon from thousands of years of decomposing organic matter, but absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), including carbonproduced by human...
Science Communication Corner

Science Communication Corner

Memorable or striking species often receive the most conservation protection. Cute animals like panda bears and brightly colored animals like birds come to mind initially when picturing an ecosystem. Although these mammals, birds, and reptiles are significant in...
Salmon increase bird abundance

Salmon increase bird abundance

In the Pacific Northwest, we value salmon for a multitude of reasons, but the first that comes to mind may not be that they increase bird abundance and diversity. In a study completed by Marlene Wagner and John Reynolds, they found that more birds habited streams and...
Plant Xylem Water Filtration

Plant Xylem Water Filtration

Around the world, wildlife and humans alike are facing major challenges for survival. One of our severe challenges is that over 700 million people lack basic access to safe water. Bacteria, viruses, and parasites that live in water infect humans every day and are...