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Heather Wiedenhoft

Environmental Scientist and Writer. Outdoor Guru.

Location icon United States of America

I am a scientist and freelance writer with a passion for the outdoors. My research work has led to peer-reviewed publications like Cell Journal and Harmful Algae, and range from topics in Neuroscience to Immunology to Environmental Science. More creative science writing has revolved around marine and fisheries ecosystems, with a move towards nature and outdoor writing. When I'm not making discoveries in the lab or crafting on my computer you can find me exploring the backwoods of Oregon, tip- toeing to mountain tops or taming raging rivers.

Portfolio
Hakai Magazine
04/16/2018
Budding Barnacle Bonanza | Hakai Magazine

With its hard, scaly exterior and rubbery looking neck, the gooseneck barnacle seems like an unlikely candidate for the next food craze. Yet the tasty little crustacean is the subject of ongoing aquaculture research as scientists in the United States push to develop new harvestable species for sustainable seafood.

Fisheries Magazine
12/06/2016
Amber waves of.......algae?

Kelp and other seaweeds naturally grow in the Puget Sound, but their current density is a fraction of historical levels. Researchers are looking to change that and help combat ocean acidification at the same time, while producing a marketable snack....

Aquaculture North America
10/31/2016
Dulse: the next big wave in aquaculture?

What is more productive than rice and wheat, more nutritious than salmon, tastes like bacon when fried, and was once used as a source of food for abalone? It is Palmaria mollis, better known as dulse, which the Oregon State University's (OSU) Food Innovation Center is hoping will be the next big wave in aquaculture.

Fisheries Magazine
10/30/2018
An Unlikely Hero

Efforts to conserve an often misunderstood fish in the Columbia River Basin

Hatchery International
04/11/2016
There's something in the water....Salmons' secret weapon

"A fish's sense of smell is probably 1000 times more sensitive to chemicals than a human being's," says Dr. David Noakes of Oregon State University. He's part of a team of scientists that may have found a hidden weapon these salmon carry with them that aids in navigation.

Fisheries Magazine
05/30/2017
Biofiltration: An Attractice Extractive Solution

In Chesapeake Bay, everyone loves a good oyster. But scientists are hoping that "good" refers not just to their taste, but also their capacity to help clean up the bay!

Sea Star
11/01/2011
Ocean Acidification Comes to the Classroom

.....Garfield High School students were busy watching bubbling bottles of sugar, yeast and water — small manufacturing plants for carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

Sciencing
The Effects of Oil Pollution on Aquatic Ecosystems

When oil is spilled into an aquatic environment, it can harm organisms that live on, around, and under the water surface by both chemical toxicity and by coating and smothering wildlife. This has ...

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