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

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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.

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

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

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

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.

Environment | NW Life | Nation | Climate change | 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.

local | Science | 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.

local | Environment | News | 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.

Animals | local | Environment | News | Science

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.

Animals | local | News | Science

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.

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

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.

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

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 | History | News | NW Life

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.

Animals | local | Environment

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.

Animals | local | Environment | News

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.

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

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.

Animals | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment | News

Hunt Planned For Mountain Lion Suspected Of Killing Hiker

Search teams will begin hunting for the mountain lion that killed a hiker near Mount Hood. The search will begin Thursday morning and could be difficult and slow.

Health | local | Environment | News | Science

A Fire-Filled Future Could Lead To More Smoke-Related Deaths

Deaths related to air pollution from wildfires could double by the end of the century, according to newly published research into the links between climate change, wildfires and human health.

Environment | Climate change | Food | News | Sustainability | local | Science

Insects Could Eat Twice As Much Wheat By The End Of The Century

As the planet warms, we're going to face bigger numbers of hungrier bugs. That could lead to lost crops in Oregon, and around the globe.

Health | local | Water | Environment | News

Fixing The Willamette's Toxic Algae Problem Could Start At Ross Island

Toxic algal blooms have plagued the lower Willamette in recent years. Most of them started in one place: the lagoon at Ross Island, near downtown Portland.

Animals | Environment | Climate change | Flora and Fauna | News | Land use | Land | local | Fish & Wildlife | Science

Threatened Silverspot Butterflies Return Home To A Coastal Oregon Mountain

Silverspot butterflies were extinct on Saddle Mountain. Now they're back, but will they thrive?

Environment | News | Health | Water | local | Science

As Salem Frets About Toxic Algae, Should The Rest Of Oregon?

Salem is still under a drinking water advisory due to a toxic algal bloom. And other blooms across the state may go undetected.

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