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Erin Ross


Erin Ross is a writer and researcher for Oregon Public Broadcasting, specializing in science and environmental coverage. Her work also appears on "Oregon Field Guide."

Erin is a science journalist and communicator who designed and gave live presentations for science museums before transitioning to journalism. Since then, her work has appeared in national and regional publications including Axios, NPR, Nature, Science and Scientific American. Erin has been with OPB since 2018.  

Erin graduated from the Graduate Program in Science Communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Recent Articles

local | News | Environment | Business | Sustainability | Renewable energy

Recycling Is Down In Oregon. Advocates Blame Plastic.

Overall recycling rates in Oregon have steadily declined for the last several years, even as the amount of waste generated per person in the state has grown.

Animals | News | Flora and Fauna | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife

Oregon Lawmakers Schedule Hearing On Controversial Bobcat Death

A young bobcat wandered into a Eugene school and was killed by government officials. The controversial decision made national news. Now, Oregon lawmakers want to get to the bottom of what happened.

Animals | News | Food | local | Environment | Health | Science | Fish & Wildlife | Water

Scientists Discover Microplastics In Oregon Oysters And Razor Clams

Nowhere is safe from these tiny plastic particles. And yes, they may have come from your clothing.

Climate change | Energy | Air | Environment

More Than 11,000 Scientists Say Climate Change Threatens 'Fate Of Humanity'

It’s rare for scientists to call something a clear and unequivocal fact. But that’s exactly what a group of 11,258 scientists from around the globe are saying in a new paper.

History | local | News | Environment

Archaeologists Rush To Save Oregon's Chinese Mining Sites

In the late 1880s, almost half the people in Grant County were Chinese. Today, it's less than half a percent. Archaeologists are rushing to preserve their history, before it's all burned away.

local | News | Technology | Pacific Ocean | Environment | Energy

Offshore Wind Energy Looks More Promising for Oregon

Falling costs have green energy advocates once again eyeing the waters of Oregon's South Coast as a site for possible offshore wind projects.

History | Science | local | News

North America's Oldest Human Artifacts Found In Idaho

History books say humans arrived in North America via the Bering Land Bridge. North America's oldest human artifacts indicate that may not be the case.

History | Science | local | News | Environment

Many Of The West's Estuaries Have Vanished: Here's Why That Matters

More than 85% of the West Coast's estuary habitat has vanished since white settlers first arrived. What little remains is under threat from sea level rise.

local | News | Land | Environment

Residents Say Columbia Gorge Mine Violates Scenic Area Act

Residents of Washougal, Washington, say a controversial mine is disrupting their neighborhood’s peace and quiet and violating the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act.

Politics | Environment | News | local | Agriculture

Oregon (And The EPA) Failed To Ban This Toxic Pesticide

Last week, the EPA chose not to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to brain damage in children. Oregon tried, too — but fell short.

Climate change | local | News | NW Life | Environment | Politics | Sustainability

Portland Mayor Urges Federal Support For Transit In Congressional Testimony

Portland mayor Ted Wheeler was one of five mayors invited to DC to speak before the Senate Democrats' Special Comittee on the Climate Crisis. 

History | Science | local | News | Environment

Ancient 'Hyena-Pig' Discovered To Have Once Roamed Oregon

What walks like a pig, eats like a hyena, and was the size of a large bear? Meet Oregon's first mesonychid: an ancient 'murder-cow' to haunt your nightmares.

local | News | Education | Environment | NW Life | Science | Teachers

Bones In The Schoolyard Expose Woodburn Students To Hands-On Paleontology

Forget dissecting frogs. These high school students get to excavate ancient bones, some of which are from species that have been extinct for thousands of years.

local | NW Life | Environment | Science | Water | Economy | Recreation

The Headlines That Cried Agent Orange

In a tourist town, businesses can live or die with one bad season. So when rumors of Agent Orange contaminating a lake near Joseph, Oregon started to take off, residents braced for the worst.

local | News | Water | Environment

Lab Results Show Wallowa Lake Free Of Herbicide Barrel Contaminants

Environmental officials say lab tests from northeast Oregon’s Wallowa Lake have found no detection of herbicides.

Animals | News | Flora and Fauna | Environment | local | Fish & Wildlife | Recreation | Sustainability

Are There More Cougars In Our Space Or More Of Us In Theirs?

It’s hard not to notice that cougars are making it into the news these days. Or how they’re getting there: by entering neighborhoods and putting residents on edge.

local | News | Agriculture | Environment | Health | Science | Water

1st Herbicide Barrel Removed From Oregon's Wallowa Lake

Despite initial fears about Agent Orange, the barrels seem to have been full of lake water, though the EPA is waiting for test results to confirm that the water and barrels are indeed clean.

Energy | News | local | Environment

Oregon Utility Announces Wildfire Prevention Policies In Wake Of California Tragedies

As Oregon braces for another hot and dry summer, one of its biggest utility companies has announced a new wildfire policy aimed at reducing wildfire risks across their service area.

local | NW Life | Environment | Politics | Water | Sustainability

Portland City Council Approves Funding For Superfund Cleanup Plans

A hundred years of industry polluted the Portland Harbor. Now, finally, city leaders reached an agreement to fund plans to clean it.

local | News | Environment | Politics | Water | Business

City Council Considers Proposal For Portland Harbor Cleanup Fund

The Portland Harbor Superfund site has been awaiting cleanup for a long time. The City of Portland and the state hope to create a new fund to change that.