Ecology and Environment : Studies from University of Washington Reveal New Findings on Behavioral Ecology

April 16, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Ecology, Environment & Conservation -- Investigators publish new report on Behavioral Ecology. According to news reporting originating in Seattle, Washington, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Adaptive brain architecture hypotheses predict brain region investment matches the cognitive and sensory demands an individual confronts. Social hymenopteran queen and worker castes differ categorically in behavior and physiology leading to divergent sensory experiences."

Study resolves controversy over nitrogen's ocean 'exit strategies'

April 11, 2014

A decades-long debate over how nitrogen is removed from the ocean may now be settled by new findings from researchers at Princeton University and their collaborators at the University of Washington.

The debate centers on how nitrogen—one of the most important food sources for ocean life and a controller of atmospheric carbon dioxide—becomes converted to a form that can exit the ocean and return to the atmosphere where it is reused in the global nitrogen cycle.

Innovative mushroom farming in Vietnam wins the day at University of Washington social entrepreneurship competition

March 3, 2014

Fargreen, a social enterprise using technology to convert rice straw waste into a product that can be used for mushroom farming, edged out five other finalist teams to win the grand prize of $12,500 at the University of Washington's Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, held last week in Seattle.

Pine forest particles appear out of thin air, influence climate

February 26, 2014

Pine forests are especially magical places for atmospheric chemists. Coniferous trees give off pine-scented vapors that form particles, very quickly and seemingly out of nowhere.

New research by German, Finnish and U.S. scientists elucidates the process by which gas wafting from coniferous trees creates particles that can reflect sunlight or promote cloud formation, both important climate feedbacks. The study is published Feb. 27 in Nature.

Climate change: mitigation, adaptation

February 13, 2014

Climate change is here, it is happening, and it is the future. Lots can still be done to mitigate the changes, but policy is moving to adapt to impacts

Discussions around climate change are on a pragmatic new course. Enough of the talk-show bilge about “is it real?”

The shift I am hearing is not only about mitigating climate change, but also promoting smart adaptation to the impacts already here — and here to stay.

Scientific energy and insight are pointing the discussion toward what can be done to lessen the economic, political and social impacts ahead.

Embarking on geoengineering, then stopping, would speed up global warming

February 18, 2014

Spraying reflective particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight and then stopping it could exacerbate the problem of climate change, according to new research by atmospheric scientists at the University of Washington.

Carrying out geoengineering for several decades and then stopping would cause warming at a rate that will greatly exceed that expected due to global warming, according to a study published Feb. 18 in Environmental Research Letters.

Deaths attributed directly to climate change cast pall over penguins

January 29, 2014

Climate change is killing penguin chicks from the world’s largest colony of Magellanic penguins, not just indirectly – by depriving them of food, as has been repeatedly documented for these and other seabirds – but directly as a result of drenching rainstorms and, at other times, heat, according to new findings from the University of Washington.

Forestry lab ups bar for green labs at UW

January 28, 2014

A soils lab that schedules fieldwork to minimize car trips, reuses sampling containers and recycles soils and leftover plant material has achieved the highest score yet in the University of Washington’s 10-month-old Green Laboratory Certification Program.

With an overall score of 95 percent, Tom DeLuca’s environmental and forest sciences lab has just topped the 93 percent previously earned by a UW Bothell chemistry instructional lab.