Ashley Ahearn is the environmental science reporter for EarthFix, a Northwest journalism center focusing on multimedia coverage of the environment with a team of reporters in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Before joining Earthfix, Ahearn was a reporter for Living on Earth on Public Radio International for four years. She has a masters in science journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. Top of her bucket list: learn how to scuba dive.
Scientists are looking for clues in killer whales' aquatic droppings as they try to determine why their numbers remain so low in Puget Sound. To sniff out these floating data dumps, researchers have turned to a furry colleague named Tucker.