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The Planet, Fall 2015, The Innovation Issue



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Publication Date

Fall 2015


Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies

Editor in Chief

Worden, Yvonne


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Jann Eberharter; Editors: Kate Welch, Bailey Cheney; Multimedia Editor: Jesse Nichols; Science and Infographic Editor: Sam Carlos; Designers: Nathalie Cushing, Sombath Chum; Assisting Designer: Tacha Pradappet, Thomas Johnston; Social Media: Brianna Stoutenburgh, Radio Coordinator: Rebekah Way, Web Designer: Drake Wempe; Multimedia: Jared Rusk; Writers: Simon Bakke, Ali Brassfield, Sarah Climaco, MacKenzie Hezel, Nanette Jackson, Ross Kamimoto, Calista Mayer, Alyssa Sanchez, Vanessa Thomas, Nicholas Thompson, Rose Richardson, Andrew Wise; Photographers: Melissa Benedict, Anna Kerr, Sarah Climaco, Kesia Lee

Photography Editor

Redal, Kjell


Cornwall, Warren

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by The Planet and Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Table of Contents

The Truth Is Up There by Simon Bakke

Drones used for conservation research are highly regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration. More regulations and less costly devices may enhance their research capabilities.

Eliminating Utilities by Alyssa Sanchez

Building residences with zero utility bills at hard-to-beat prices has the potential to change how homes are powered.

Deaths in the River by Kate Welch

Sea lions are eating endangered fish in the Columbia River, but the sea lions’ protected status makes it difficult to stop the predation.

Beauty and the Beak by Vanessa Thomas

Scientists, engineers and caretakers explore the use of 3-D printed prosthetics for wildlife rehabilitation.

The Ecomodernist Dilemma by Rose Richardson

Ecomodernists embrace using nuclear energy and parting from nature in order to save it. Their ideas are highly contested.

Mollusk Mimicry by Nick Thompson

Iridescent giant clams may provide the key to more efficient solar cells.

Hooked on Ponics by Sarah Climaco

Maureen Wall operates an aquaponics system where salad greens and fish live in a mutually beneficial ecosystem.

Tracking the Trade by Nanette Jackson

A university of Washington researcher has developed a new method to track elephant poaching but it’s not solving the problem.

Energy Evolution by Andrew Wise

As the need for energy storage grows, geography has the potential to challenge high-tech, chemically powered batteries.




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

Document Type


Subject-Topical (LCSH)

Human ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals; Ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Huxley College of the Environment--Students--Periodicals


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The Planet, 2015, Fall

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