Ambar Espinoza

Environmental Reporter

Ambar Espinoza’s roots in environmental journalism started in Rhode Island a few years ago as an environmental reporting fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting. She worked as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio for a few years covering several beats, including the environment and changing demographics. Her journalism experience includes working as production and editorial assistant at National Public Radio, and as a researcher at APM’s Marketplace.

Espinoza joins Rhode Island Public Radio most recently from Seattle, WA, where she earned a master of education with a focus on science education from the University of Washington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. Espinoza was born in El Salvador and raised in Los Angeles, CA.

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Amy Simmons / Padture Lab at Brown University

A research team led by Brown University is studying a promising new type of solar cell to produce electricity. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza reports the project has received a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Scientists from the University of Rhode Island are hosting eight local teachers aboard a research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation. The teachers are getting a first-hand look at the scientific process.

Researchers are warning residents to drink plenty of water and keep to the shade on hot summer days like today. A study from Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Health finds that hot temperatures affect people of all ages, not just children and seniors.

The Rhode Island chapter of The Nature Conservancy has acquired more than 160 acres along the Narrow River in North Kingstown. It’s the group’s largest single acquisition along the river.

Photo Courtesy of Mystic Aquarium

One of three Beluga whales spotted in Narragansett Bay has made its back to Nova Scotia. The Arctic whales were spotted back in May as far south as New Jersey.

Biologists are breathing a sigh of relief now that at least one of the beluga whales has returned safely to Canadian waters. They’re hoping this means the other two whales have also returned, if the trio continued to travel as a group.