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Writer/Researcher, Science & Environment

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

Science | Communities | Climate change | Pacific Ocean | News | Environment | local | Politics

Oregon Coastal Towns Confront A Fate Tied To Antarctica's Melting Glaciers

Scientists agree that sea levels are rising. The question is: How much and how fast? That’s an important question for communities along the Oregon Coast.

Flora and Fauna | Science | Sustainability | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife | local | Land

Oregon Plant May Be Removed From Endangered Species List

For most of the past century, scientists thought Bradshaw's lomatium was extinct. Then, it was endangered. After recovery efforts, it's slated to be removed from the endangered species list.

Science | Environment | Climate change | Pacific Ocean | News | local

Oregon Project Asks Citizens To Document King Tides For Climate Science

Extreme high tides can help researchers glimpse a future with climate change and sea level rise. The week of Nov. 25, Oregonians are asked to take photos of extreme high tides.

Environment | News | Animals | local

Controversial Bobcat Killing Prompts 'Fact-Finding' Hearing In Salem

The blunt-force killing of a juvenile bobcat last month after it entered a Eugene school prompted enough controversy to trigger a legislative hearing Wednesday at the Capitol in Salem.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Environment | Climate change | Air | Energy

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.

Environment | News | History | local

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.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | News | local | Technology | 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.

Science | local | News | History

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.

Science | Environment | News | History | local

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.

Environment | Land | News | local

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 | Agriculture | local

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.

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

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. 

Science | Environment | News | History | local

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

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

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.

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

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.