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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

Environment | News | Science | local | History

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Environment | News | Water | local

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Environment | News | Energy | local

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.

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

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.

Politics | local | Environment | Business | Water | News

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.

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

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.

Climate change | Environment | Land | local | News

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.

Environment | News | local | Science

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Communities | Environment | Science | NW Life | News

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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 | NW Life | local

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.

Environment | News | local | Science

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.