‘The blob,’ food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off

When nearly 1 million common murres died at sea and washed ashore from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, it was unprecedented — both for murres, and across all bird species worldwide. Scientists from the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, the U.S. Geological Survey and others blame an unexpected squeeze on the ecosystem’s food supply, brought on by a severe and long-lasting marine heat wave known as “the blob.”

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Sugar Kelp Volunteer Internship, NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center Manchester Research Station (Port Orchard, WA)

The student will participate in an outdoor laboratory study investigating the effect of Sugar Kelp photosynthesis and metabolism on seawater pH.  The work is part of a larger project examining the value of Sugar Kelp farming as a tool to counter ocean acidification. 

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NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Young Scientist Opportunity Internships (Honolulu, HI)

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Young Scientist Opportunity (PYSO) is a collaborative program with the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This program offers professional scientific research experience and formal training opportunities for qualified participants tailored to meet their educational and professional goals and interests.

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Hatfield Marine Science Center Research Experience for Undergraduates in Ocean Sciences (REU-OCE): From Estuaries to the Deep Sea… (Newport, OR)

Oregon State University is offering summer marine science internships to 20+ college students through its National Science Foundation  Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport and College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) in Corvallis.

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(Part-time) Youth Engagement Mentor, Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA)

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a part-time youth engagement mentor to join the Volunteer Engagement team. This position works with the Youth Engagement team to implement the Youth Ocean Advocates volunteer program for high school–age youth in a manner that is both beneficial to the youth participating in the program and to the Aquarium’s mission.

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Internship Opportunity: NOAA NW Fisheries Sciences Center Manchester Research Station (Port Orchard, WA)

Unpaid internship at NOAA facility in Port Orchard, WA. The student will participate in an outdoor laboratory study investigating the effect of Sugar Kelp photosynthesis and metabolism on seawater pH.  The work is part of a larger project examining the value of Sugar Kelp farming as a tool to counter ocean acidification. 

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Student Spotlight: An Interview with Katie Hearther

 
Katie Hearther is a double major in both Marine Biology and Oceanography here at the University of Washington as well as a minor in Arctic Studies. She sat down with us to discuss her trajectory as a student, internship opportunities, and advice for prospective and current students interested in the marine sciences.
Why Marine Biology and what drew you to the marine science programs here at the University of Washington? 

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Gulf of Maine Research Institute Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery Ecosystem (Portland, ME)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is in its second year as a NSF-funded REU Site – Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery Ecosystem.  Students in this program will have an opportunity to participate in field, lab, or computer-based research on the dynamics of the fish, plankton, and human communities in and around the Gulf of Maine. 

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Internship – North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission (Vancouver, BC)

Objectives: To help early-career professionals gain experience and knowledge in operations of the Commission and provide an opportunity to test their interest in international governmental organizations, fisheries management, salmon biology, ecology, and fisheries enforcement.

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NW Fisheries Science Center Ocean Acidification Internship (Seattle, WA)

The NOAA NWFSC ocean acidification research group is looking for volunteer interns to help with experiments evaluating the potential effects of ocean acidification of Dungeness crab larvae.

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