Jenna Travers, Author at State of the Planet

Jenna is currently an undergraduate at the University of Oregon studying marine biology, legal studies, science communication, and geography. Her research focuses on the effects of glacier retreat on Pacific salmon populations and resulting impacts for communities, and she plans to pursue a M.S. in environmental management following her graduation with eventual plans to earn a Ph.D.

Recent Posts

‘The Canary in the Coal Mine’: Most Olympic Peninsula Glaciers Will Disappear by 2070

A recent study projects that climate change will cause most glaciers on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State to disappear by 2070, threatening water resources, ecosystems, and tourism.

by |November 11, 2022

Understanding Ice With Lasers: New Tool Helps Researchers Study Remote Glaciers

Researchers at the University of Oregon have created a portable tool that uses lasers to study glacier retreat in remote areas that are typically difficult to reach.

by |October 18, 2022

Declining Salmon Lead Eagles to Seek Out Food in Washington’s Agricultural Areas

As warming streams reduce the populations of chum salmon in northwest Washington, bald eagles are exploring adjacent farmland for alternative foods.

by |August 30, 2022
polar bear on sea ice

During Low-Ice Seasons, Some Polar Bears Are Turning to Glacier Ice

As warming temperatures melt Arctic sea ice, glaciers act as supplemental habitat for a group of southeast Greenland polar bears looking to hunt during the low-ice season.

by |July 29, 2022

Global Review Assesses Hydropower’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

A new study analyzes the impacts of climate change and variations in water availability on the hydropower sector, a key source of cost-effective renewable energy for many countries around the world.

by |July 28, 2022

Space Glaciers: Carbon Dioxide Ice Forms Glaciers on Mars

A modeling study recently found that the carbon dioxide ice deposits at the South Pole of Mars flow as glaciers do, highlighting the importance of understanding ice in outer space.

by |July 11, 2022

Glaciers Can Mean the Difference Between Life and Death for Salmon During Heatwaves

A new study discovered that glaciers are vital for buffering stream temperatures and protecting species like salmon during extreme summer heatwaves.

by |July 7, 2022

When National Policy Stalled, This Community Took Climate Action Into Its Own Hands

Scientists, policymakers, and Indigenous tribes in Whatcom County, Washington, are working to address climate change within their communities and across the state.

by |May 19, 2022

Glacier Retreat in the Andes is Bankrupting a Billion Dollar Corporation

The developer of a controversial hydroelectric project in Chile has filed for bankruptcy, blaming Andean glacier retreat and droughts for low water flows.

by |April 15, 2022