Top Canadian limnology award goes to Daniel Schindler

Daniel Schindler

Daniel Schindler, a University of Washington fisheries ecologist who explores aquatic ecosystem dynamics, has been named the 2015 Frank Rigler Award recipient. The award is the highest honor given by the Society of Canadian Limnologists and recognizes major achievements in the field of limnology by Canadians or those working in Canada, the society says. Schindler, born in Ontario, holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship. His father David Schindler won the Rigler award in 1984, the first year it was given out.

Read more at UW Today »

‘Probiotics’ for plants boost detox abilities; untreated plants overdose and die

Students played a major role in this research.

Scientists using a microbe that occurs naturally in eastern cottonwood trees have boosted the ability of two other plants – willow and lawn grass – to withstand the withering effects of the nasty industrial pollutant phenanthrene and take up 25 to 40 percent more of the pollutant than untreated plants. The approach could avoid the regulatory hurdles imposed on transgenic plants – plants with genes inserted from or exchanged with other plant or animal species – that have shown promise in phytoremediation, the process of using plants to remove toxins from contaminated sites, according to Sharon Doty, associate professor of environmental and forestry sciences and corresponding author on a paper about the new work in Environmental Science & Technology.

Read more at UW Today »

Carbon capture in the Southern ocean, top predators, hydrothermal vents and more: This week's published research

Weekly Research

Each week we share the latest publications coming from the College of the Environment. Last week, eleven new articles co-authored by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science database, including studies of the germination of loosestrife, shade tolerance of conifers, and newspaper and legislative coverage of climate change in the US. Check them out!

Read more »

Global warming not just a blanket – in the long run, it's more like tanning oil

The Greenhouse Effect

While we've heard the analogy that carbon dioxide is like a blanket--wrapping the Earth's atmosphere and trapping heat--in the long run the "how" of global warming changes, according to new research by scientists here at UW and at MIT. As the planet's ice melts, and its warmer air carries more water, it will absorb more solar radiation than would have otherwise bounced off of clouds, ice, or snow. In this way, global warming is more like tanning oil over the long term!

Read more at UW Today »