How researchers flinging salmon inadvertently spurred tree growth

20 years of hurling dead fish into an Alaskan forest altered the local nutrient balance

researcher holding sockeye salmon

FEEDING FRENZY  Graduate student Alex Lincoln holds two dead sockeye salmon collected in Alaska’s Hansen Creek in August 2018. Some fish in the stream die of old age, but many are ripped apart by brown bears or gulls.

Dan DiNicola/Univ. of Washington

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