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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

Business | Environment | Politics | News | local | Water

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.

Flora and Fauna | NW Life | Environment | Animals | Communities | Pacific Ocean | News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Water | Sustainability

The Willamette River's Struggling Fish Are Raising Environmentalists' Concerns

Steelhead and salmon struggle to survive the Willamette River Basin's high dams and slackwater reservoirs. Saving them is no easy task.

Environment | Land | News | Climate change | local

Protesters Arrested At Zenith Oil Terminal

Police arrest 11 protesters from the environmental group Extinction Rebellion Portland, which built a small garden that blocked Zenith Energy's Portland railroad terminal.

Science | Environment | News | local

Scientists Getting New Tools To Monitor The Northwest's Volcanoes

A new early warning system for the Northwest's volcanoes will equip geoscientists to get an earlier reading on eruptions and other geological activity.

Air | Communities | Climate change | History | Nation | News | Environment | World | local | Politics

Big Crowd Turns Out In Portland For Youth Climate Action Rally

Portland students joined the worldwide demonstration Friday to call on leaders to do something about climate change.

NW Life | Environment | Election | Nation | Politics | Education | local | Energy

Portland Students Prepare for Worldwide Climate Strike

Anywhere from a hundred to a few thousand students could gather outside of Portland's City Hall to protest climate change.

Science | Communities | NW Life | News | Environment

A Piece Of Sacred Meteorite Is Returned To An Oregon Tribe

A 4.5 ounce piece of a meteorite finally returned home to an Oregon tribe that considers it sacred.

Flora and Fauna | Animals | Environment | Climate change | News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Water

Alpine Frogs Under Threat From Climate Change

Alpine lakes in the Northwest are drying up, and so are the frogs and tadpoles that live in them

Flora and Fauna | Science | Animals | Environment | Pacific Ocean | Health | local | Fish & Wildlife

Scientists Puzzled By High Cancer Rate Among West Coast Sea Lions

For almost 30 years, scientists have struggled to understand why so many sea lions get cancer. If they can, they also might answer some of the biggest questions about why humans do, too.

NW Life | Environment | Climate change | Nation | News | local

Snowpack In The West Has Resisted Climate Change But That Won't Last Forever

For the last 35 years, the snowpack in the West’s mountains has resisted the impacts of global warming. But that could soon change, according to a new study out of Oregon State University.

Science | local | NW Life

The (Mostly) Invisible Volcano That Built Bend

Four hundred thousand years ago, a monster eruption shook the central Cascades. Today, most of the evidence of it is gone — unless you know where to look.

Science | Environment | News | local

How Thick Forests Can Reduce Snowpack

When it comes to building snowpack, a pristine forest isn't necessarily a good thing. New research shows how forest thinning can lead to more water and snowmelt come spring.

Science | Environment | News | Animals | local

The Mysterious Virus That Killed The Oregon Zoo's Youngest Elephant

No one knows why so many young elephants like Lily at the Oregon Zoo die from a usually harmless elephant virus. But there's a global effort to save them.

Science | local | News | Animals

Meet The 'Mitchell Ornithopod': Oregon's 1st Dinosaur Fossil Find

A toe bone discovered near Mitchell, Oregon, is the first dinosaur fossil ever found in the state.

Flora and Fauna | Science | NW Life | Animals | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | local

Cougar Hunting Debates Find New Life After Oregon Hiker's Death

The most effective way to hunt cougars is with dogs. Hound hunting has been banned in Oregon for over twenty years, but a fatal cougar attack has reignited the debate.

Flora and Fauna | Science | NW Life | Animals | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local

Oregon May Be Over-Hunting Cougars — Which Could Cause More Conflicts

A hiker's death led to calls for a cougar cull. But a growing body of research suggests that aggressive killing can lead to more problem encounters with humans, not less.

local | NW Life | News | History

100 Years Later, Steamboats Are Still On Klamath Lake

Every year, a group of boating enthusiasts comes to Klamath Lake to blow off steam and build community.

Environment | Animals | local

Cougar Cameras Coming Up Empty 3 Days After Animal's Killing

Officials shot and killed a cougar suspected of fatally attacking hiker Diana Bober. They're still looking for more.

Environment | News | Animals | local

Officials Shoot Cougar Near Location Hiker Was Killed

Wildlife officials shot and killed a mountain lion in the area hiker Diana Bober was attacked. But it may not be the right one.

Science | Animals | Recreation | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local

Long Odds Confront Those Hunting Cougar That Killed Oregon Hiker

How do you know you've caught the right cougar? Bad weather and difficult conditions slow the hunt for a cougar thought to have killed a hiker in Oregon.