Blue whale foraging and reproduction are related to environmental conditions, study shows

A new study of New Zealand blue whales’ vocalizations indicates the whales are present year-round in the South Taranaki Bight and their behavior is influenced by environmental conditions in the region.

As sea ice declines in the Arctic, bowhead whales are adjusting their migration patterns

As sea ice declines in the Arctic, bowhead whales are staying north of the Bering Strait more frequently, a shift that could affect the long-term health of the bowhead population and impact the Indigenous communities that rely on the whales, a new study by Oregon State University researchers shows.

Oregon State University researcher to help lead $25 million nuclear forensics project

CORVALLIS, Ore. – An Oregon State University faculty member has been selected as the deputy director of a $25 million, 16-university consortium tasked with educating the next generation of nuclear forensic scientists while researching new technology for nuclear security and nonproliferation.

Changing climate conditions likely facilitated early human migration to the Americas at key intervals, research suggests

Researchers have pinpointed two intervals when ice and ocean conditions would have been favorable to support early human migration from Asia to North America late in the last ice age, a new paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows.

Pacific Northwest heat dome tree damage more about temperature than drought, scientists say

Widespread tree scorch in the Pacific Northwest that became visible shortly after multiple days of record-setting, triple-digit temperatures in June 2021 was more attributable to heat than to drought conditions, Oregon State University researchers say.

Looking beyond microplastics, Oregon State researchers find that cotton and synthetic microfibers impact behavior and growth of aquatic organisms

While microplastics have received significant attention in recent years for their negative environmental impacts, a new study from Oregon State University scientists found microfibers from synthetic materials as well as cotton impacted the behavior and growth of water organisms.

Two Oregon State University researchers honored as 2022 AAAS fellows

Two Oregon State University researchers have been named 2022 American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows for distinguished contributions to the fields of fungal biology and coral reef biology.

Far-off storms fuel sneaker waves along Pacific Northwest coast, new research suggests

Sneaker waves are likely fueled by a specific type of wave condition generated by far-off storms and paired with just the right conditions closer to shore, a new study by Oregon State University researchers has found.

OSU-led wave energy testing facility reaches key construction milestones

The last major pieces of the contract to build the wave energy test facility PacWave South have been executed, paving the way for the completion of the Oregon State University-led facility off the coast of Newport.

Forest landslides’ frequency, size influenced more by road building, logging than heavy rain

A long-term Pacific Northwest study of landslides, clear-cutting timber and building roads shows that a forest’s management history has a greater impact on how often landslides occur and how severe they are compared to how much water is coursing through a watershed.

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