Predicting when toxic algae will reach Washington and Oregon coasts

Late summer is the peak time for harmful algae that can turn lakes into toxic scum, canceling fishing trips and fouling water supplies. While the Pacific Northwest doesn’t get anything near the activity that turned parts of Lake Erie into bright green slime, our coasts are vulnerable in late summer to this largely unpredictable – and in our case unseen – menace.

University of Washington oceanographers have created a tool to help predict when harmful algae might strike. Continue reading Predicting when toxic algae will reach Washington and Oregon coasts

From missiles, to algae, to crafts: Daphne rocket scientist lands at Algae Systems and hones artistic side

DAPHNE, Alabama — “You do the thing where you want to be a firefighter, or a ballerina, or an astronaut and I got stuck on wanting to be an astronaut at 11,” Daphne-native Elizabeth Hayes said in an interview with AL.com. Continue reading From missiles, to algae, to crafts: Daphne rocket scientist lands at Algae Systems and hones artistic side