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Chelsea Wood featured on podcast “Science Rules! with Bill Nye”

When it comes to things that give us the heebie-jeebies, parasites reign supreme. However, they are a necessary part of our ecosystems. SAFS assistant professor Chelsea Wood joins Bill Nye on his “Science Rules!” podcast to explain what makes parasites so creepy, how to prevent them from killing us, and why she keeps digging around in decades-old cans of salmon.

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2021 Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries

The 2021 Bevan Series will be held virtually online and open to the public. This year’s focus is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Visit the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences events page and click the “subscribe” button to have each seminar and join link added to your calendar.

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How classes at Friday Harbor Labs have adapted during COVID-19

José Guzman instructing the class from the FHL dock.

Situated in the heart of the San Juan Islands, roughly 100 miles from Seattle, FHL is a unique satellite campus that offers students an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in the Pacific Northwest’s marine environment. Much like the NBA’s “bubble,” where teams were isolated to ensure player health during the pandemic, the 2020 class of MARBIO 488 became its own bubble.

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Full list of speakers announced for FISH 497 B: Marine Biology Seminar

Explore the world’s oceans through the lens of a diverse cast of marine science professionals. Journey with them as they share behind-the-scenes stories from their careers and insights on how to solve today’s most challenging conservation and environmental issues. This weekly speaker series is facilitated by Dr. José Guzmán, and is open to all students.

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Scientists organize to tackle crisis of coral bleaching

Bleached corals in the Red Sea.

Coral bleaching is a significant problem for the world’s ocean ecosystems: When coral becomes bleached, it loses the algae that live inside it, turning it white. Corals can survive a bleaching event, but while they are bleached they are at higher risk for disease and death. Now an international consortium of scientists, including Marine Biology instructor Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño, has created the first-ever common framework for increasing comparability of research findings on coral bleaching.

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Early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon take the brunt of sea lion predation on the Columbia

sea lion eating a salmon

A new University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries study found that sea lions have the largest negative effect on early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River. The results of this study will publish Oct. 18 in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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Some polar bears in far north are getting short-term benefit from thinning ice

The small subpopulation of polar bears in Kane Basin were doing better, on average, in recent years than in the 1990s. The bears are experiencing short-term benefits from thinning and shrinking multiyear sea ice that allows more sunlight to reach the ocean surface, which makes the system more ecologically productive.

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Citizen Scientists Help Count Deep 7 Bottomfish in Hawaii

The Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center is launching a new citizen science project called OceanEYEs and is seeking volunteers to help find Deep 7 bottomfish in underwater videos.
Hana Ra’s (BS Biology, 2020) interest in citizen science began when SAFS Professor Julia Parrish gave a presentation on the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) program in Ra’s marine biology course. 

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New studies show how to save parasites and why it’s important

An international group of scientists has laid out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. A related paper led by the University of Washington found that responses of parasites to environmental change are likely to be complex, and that a changing world probably will see both outbreaks of some parasites and a total loss of other parasite species.

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Painting a Picture: Student Spotlight with Melina Wettstein

Melina Wettstein, an undergraduate at the University of Washington, is pursuing a double major in marine biology and math. After she graduates, Melina plans to pursue a career as a researcher—something she has already made strides toward by publishing her research in the College of the Environment’s undergraduate journal, FieldNotes. She is also an exuberant artist, expressing her creativity through a love of painting and drawing. 

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