Environment

Faculty named to Highly Cited Researchers list

Nathan McDowell, a national laboratory researcher jointly appointed to Washington State University’s School of Biological Sciences and affiliated with the School of the Environment, is one of five WSU faculty members recognized in this year’s Highly Cited Researchers list. The five are among the top 1% most cited researchers in the world.

Felsot named American Chemical Society fellow

Allan Felsot, a professor and extension specialist associated with the School of the Environment at WSU Tri-Cities, is among 45 members of the American Chemical Society recently honored as new fellows of 2022. “I’m very honored to be recognized for the work I’ve done,” Felsot said. “It does make me feel like I’ve impacted my […]

Drones show potential to improve salmon nest counts

Struggling salmon populations could get some help from the sky. A Washington State University study showed that drone photography of the Wenatchee River during spawning season can be effective in estimating the number of rocky hollows salmon create to lay their eggs, also called “redds.”   The drone imagery appeared to find roughly double the […]

Eight proteins regulate insulin in hibernating bears

Feeding honey to hibernating bears helped Washington State University researchers find the potential genetic keys to the bears’ insulin control, an advance that could ultimately lead to a treatment for human diabetes. Every year, bears gain an enormous amount of weight, then barely move for months, behavior that would

Methane emissions from reservoirs are increasing

Over time, the water collected behind dams will release greater amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas with even worse effects than carbon dioxide, according to a recent study by researchers at WSU and the University of Quebec. “On a per mass basis, methane has a much stronger impact on climate than carbon dioxide does,” said […]

Global Campus: 30 years of opportunity

In 1992, Washington State University extended its land-grant mission by launching one of the nation’s first opportunities for students to pursue a degree from anywhere on the globe through distance delivery. Today, our Global Campus is the second largest campus by enrollment in the WSU system with more than 4,000 students enrolled in one of […]

Merging virtual and in-person field trips

Prior to 2020, students enrolled in Washington State University’s natural resource ecology course (SOE 300) made field trips to Kamiak Butte County Park, 20 minutes north of Pullman, as part of a semester-long project. As lovely as spending class time off-campus in nature is, it’s also a challenge for students who don’t drive. During the […]

New leaders in arts and sciences bring wealth of experience to posts

Three academic units in the College of Arts and Sciences are welcoming new leadership this fall. In the School of Music, Professor Keri McCarthy succeeds Dean Luethi as director, and in the Department of Chemistry, Professor Cliff Berkman  succeeds Kirk Peterson as chair. In the School of the Environment—which is part of both CAS and […]

Dry lightning study could aid wildfire forecasting

Researchers from the School of the Environment at Washington State University, Vancouver, have developed the first long-term climatology of dry lightning — lightning which occurs with less than 2.5mm of rainfall — in central and northern California, “Unlike human-caused fires that originate in a single location, lightning outbreaks can strike multiple locations and start numerous