Close up of a woman's face on the beach

Human Elements

The world of science is full of facts and figures, but behind the study are the people. In the end, it becomes a question not of how they do science — but why.

Rebuilding Salish Sea clam gardens, rock by rock

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is creating new habitats along the coastline to help marine life weather rising sea temperatures.

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is reviving culturally and ecologically important clam gardens on their coastline to create habitat for native clams. Alana Quintasket, a citizen of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and member of the Tribal Senate, works alongside her community to build these habitats, rock by rock, to make the community’s coastline more resilient to climate change and encourage healthy ecosystems for marine life in a place impacted by rising sea temperatures.