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 | Animals | Environment | News | 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 | Animals | local | News

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.

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

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

NW Life | History | local | News

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 | Environment | 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.

Animals | Environment | News | 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.

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

local | Animals | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife

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.

Science | Health | Environment | News | local

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.

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

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.

Water | Health | Environment | News | local

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.

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

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 | Science | local | Health | Water

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.

NW Life | History | local

Why Are Bridges Green? The Story Starts In Oregon

Bridges all across the country are painted the same shade of Statue-of-Liberty green. It's a tradition that started right here in Oregon: meet ODOT Green.

Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Science | Animals | Water

Tropical Dolphins Are Appearing In Pacific Northwest Waters

For the first time, bottlenose dolphins have been sighted off the coast of British Columbia. And more might be coming.


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