Stress increases ‘costs of living’ for juvenile salmon

By: Lauren Kuehne, Olden Research Lab, University of Washington

Although I originally just set out to describe some of my newly published research (Costs of living for juvenile salmon in an increasingly warming and invaded world), it’s probably not an accident that I find myself part of an unintentional series on effects of interacting stressors (e.g., temperature, disease, or pollution) on organisms. With all of the global change going on – from climate to ocean acidification – it’s no wonder multiple environmental stressors are on our minds. Continue reading

When sea lions go bad: “native invaders” divide loyalties

California sea lion at Bonneville fish ladder. Photo credit :National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

By: Lauren Kuehne, Olden Research Lab, University of Washington

As an early career ecologist, I could easily spend all my time (and even time I don’t have) writing my own “stuff”: grant proposals, manuscripts, blog posts. But taking the time to review and write about the work of other researchers in my field (especially a paper I don’t necessarily agree with or would not have read otherwise), is rewarding in a very different way, forcing me to really get inside a different perspective. So when I was recently asked to blog about a new paper from a colleague on a somewhat controversial topic of “Native Invaders”, I jumped at the chance. Continue reading

Aridland Research on Hopi Land: Merging Scientific Knowledge with Cultural Understanding

By Anjel Craig

When I first started my PhD program in ecology at Northern Arizona University, I was a bit fearful of aridland ecosystems. I am originally from Southern Louisiana and grew up near enough to the Gulf Coast that water as a limiting resource was completely outside of my experience. Having now completed two years of my program, I find that I am captivated by the stories these harshest of landscapes have to share with us. The lessons learned here have the potential to be regionally, and even globally, important as researchers predict further drought and water stress to many parts of the planet. Continue reading