Category Archives: environmental policy

Battling “little data”: Ecology and conservation of Olympic mudminnow

In a time when we are deluged with “big data”, it is easy to forget that there are still plenty of species that we don’t know much about. A common conservation dilemma is how to monitor or protect species when information … Continue reading

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Sounding out the impacts of urbanization on lakes

If you are wondering why you seem stressed out lately, it could be the noise around you. My co-authors (Britta Padgham and Julian Olden) and I just published an article in the journal PLoS One which showed that environmental noise … Continue reading

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If a fish could write your water bill

A few months ago, I posted Why the mayor wants you to have a green lawn: The dark side of water conservation where I “exposed” the open secret of declining support for water conservation programs. Water managers call it “the … Continue reading

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Stress increases ‘costs of living’ for juvenile salmon

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 … Continue reading

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Why the mayor wants you to have a green lawn: the dark side of water conservation

I recently met a new acquaintance (who shall remain nameless) that works in an agency (also nameless) that supplies water to a medium-sized metropolitan area (let’s call it “Somewhere, WA”). Over coffee, where I traded my stories in freshwater research … Continue reading

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The Farmer & The Cowman 2012: Whose water is it, anyway?

The famous team of Rogers & Hammerstein, who wrote musicals during the 1930’s-1950’s, are generally less well known for environmental law commentary as much as hummable classics like “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair”.  But their musicals … Continue reading

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