Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Volunteers contribute to Nisqually River research

The News Tribune, on Sunday and Monday, had a pair of articles about the Nisqually River and the research that's being done on it, both here in the park and further downstream. The articles feature work by several current and former volunteers. Scott Beason began working with us as a Geologist-in-Parks volunteer sponsored by the Geological Society of America, a position we try to fill every year at either Paradise or Sunrise or, budget permitting, both. Scott has since done a lot of work with us as a volunteer researcher while completing his master's thesis. This summer, Beth Copeland is also filling that role, as a student researcher from Oregon State University. Their research is contributing to our understanding of the geologic processes underway on the Nisqually River, how those processes might be being influenced by climate change, and the implications for those of us who live along the river.

The first article, from the July 20th News Tribune, is called "Revolution on the Nisqually River." The second, from July 21st, is called "Scientists study impact of glacial melt on rivers."

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