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The Buzz is Back!

Not since the 1990s had the buzz of the white-bottomed Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis) been heard in Washington State. But last week at a park in Brier, just northeast of Seattle, a group of bee enthusiasts and biologists from the University of Washington documented the first official, confirmed B. 

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Understanding the Carbon Balance of Biofuel Production

In 2011, the USDA awarded $40 million to the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) consortium to develop a system to convert poplar trees into liquid biofuels. Led by the University of Washington and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS), the AHB team is developing various strategies to create a renewable, direct replacement for existing fossil fuels that can be used in conventional cars, trucks and jet engines. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Brian Kertson

“I’ve always been fascinated by large carnivores,” says Brian Kertson, a wildlife research scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Not just because of the physical adaptations they have, which are remarkable, but because they have to go out, search, locate, capture and kill other animals—despite the fact those animals have spent hundreds of thousands of years developing tricks to get away from them. 

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