The contest doesn’t even start until tomorrow (August 1st), but the UW Botanic Gardens is already receiving beautiful photos by the Arboretum’s Art in the Park Campers. Learn more about this great opportunity, and check out the work of these students, here!
Kate Stafford, an oceanographer with UW’s Applied Physics Lab, wanted to find out if any endangered bowhead whales passed through the Fram Strait, an inhospitable, ice-covered stretch of sea between Greenland and the northern islands of Norway. When she listened to the audio picked up by a recording device that spent a year in the icy waters, she was stunned at what she heard: whales singing a remarkable variety of songs nearly constantly for five wintertime months. Read more here, and listen to the haunting songs!
Studying the evolution of plants and climate change’s impact on vegetation helps us better understand how our modern ecosystem evolved to be what it is today. Check out this video of Regan Dunn, a graduate student in the University of Washington’s Department of Biology, collecting fossil plant remains in Costa Rica as part of a study with Burke Museum curator Caroline Strömberg.
In the short time since the Elwha Dam’s removal, salmon and steelhead have made their way into formerly inaccessible portions of the river. And they’re spawning too, which is a good sign for re-establishing these populations of fish above the dam site. Read more about what’s happening out on the Elwha here.
We’ve all seen rooftop gardens and are learning about their associated benefits. But what about vertical gardens? Students at the UW are doing research on this topic to see what we might learn – check out the coverage they received here on King5.com.
The first U.S. cabled ocean observatory reached a milestone on July 14 with the installation of a node 9,500 feet deep off the coast of Oregon. Like a giant electrical outlet on the seafloor that also provides Internet connectivity, the node was spliced into a network of cable segments totalling some 560 miles that were laid in the summer of 2011. Read more about this here.
Check out these highlight stories and videos from units such as arts and sciences, College of the Environment, built environments, landscape architecture, continuing education — as well as news outlets like KUOW and Dogster. You can read more about all of what’s happening in the sustainability arena at UW here!