Claudia Mills, affiliate professor at Friday Harbor Labs, has been observing jellys for the past 35 years, and she has the data to prove it. Learn more about Mills and the beautiful creatures she studies in this EarthFix interview.
Did you know that science and engineering have driven half of the US’ growth in GDP over the past half-century? Science is pretty cool, and pretty important to our nation’s health. Science Debate is an initiative to get political candidates to address science issues in their campaigns, so to highlight the increasing need for accurate scientific information in political decision making, and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring economic growth and competitiveness. This year’s presidential candidates have answered 14 questions about science and the use of science in policy-making. Now, a local effort has started to get Washington’s gubernatorial candidates to do the same. Jay Inslee himself endorsed the national initiative, as did our CoEnv Dean, Lisa Graumlich. Are you interested in hearing what the candidates have to say about science and its importance for our economic and political strength as a state? Fill out this survey, and sign on to the national initiative here to lend your voice.
New research from ESS scientists suggests that breakdown of continental rocks by large bacterial populations may have enhanced ocean life. This in turn may have set the stage for the Great Oxidation Event, 2.4 billion years ago. Doctoral student Eva Stüeken is the first author on this newly published research, along with professors David Catling and Roger Buick. Read more from UW News about this exciting research, and/or check out the advance online publication (subscription to Nature Geosciences required)!
Not all the smoke in the air around Puget Sound has been unintentional. For the third year in a row, researchers and land managers with various organizations from around the state conducted controlled burns last week of grasslands at Ebey’s Bluff and the Pacific Rim Institute of Environmental Stewardship. SEFS‘ Eric Delvin is quoted; read more in this story by the Whidbey News-Times, and check out the slide show below.
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