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Science & Environment

Science and environmental reporting on news and community topics. Science coverage is occasionally provided by community members.

WAISC/Sea Grant

Unalaska is hosting a regional science conference that’s slated to bring dozens of experts to the island later this month, along with new research on energy, fisheries, and climate change.

Melissa Good is one of the organizers of the four-day Western Alaska Interdisciplinary Science Conference (WAISC).

"It’s usually in Dillingham," said Good. "We’re getting a treat this year by actually bringing it to Unalaska, so local residents can be a part of it.”

Dave Schneider/USGS/AVO

Bogoslof Volcano is back at a low-level “advisory” for the first time since it began erupting more than three months ago.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) downgraded Bogoslof’s alert level Wednesday, bringing it just one notch above “normal.”

AVO Geophysicist Dave Schneider said it has been weeks since the Aleutian volcano showed any sign of life.

COASST Island Sentinels

 

What caused more than 300 puffins to wash up dead in the Pribilof Islands last fall? Starvation.

Zoë Sobel/KUCB

 

The fishing industry in Unalaska is dominated by men. But behind the scenes, at the local branch of a public health and safety company, there’s a woman running the show.

Nicole Beier works for NSF International, a company responsible for quality testing fish at America’s top fishing port. And now she’s tasked with expanding their capacity.

Beier always knew she wanted to work in science, but never imagined she’d end up in Unalaska.

Courtesy NOAA Fisheries, NMFS EPA/MMPA Permit #: 18528 & IUCN # A/NW2013-2

 

In an effort to figure out what’s behind the mysterious decline of Steller sea lions, scientists are trying out crowdsourcing for the first time. The project is called Steller Watch. The idea is to convince the public to comb through pictures looking for sea lions.

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