Michelle Ma, from UW News reports on recently published research from the COASST lab on coastal seabirds:
“In the fall of 2014, West Coast residents witnessed a strange, unprecedented ecological event. Tens of thousands of small seabird carcasses washed ashore on beaches from California to British Columbia, in what would become one of the largest bird die-offs ever recorded.”Read more
FHL Professor Megan Dethier has received the Seattle Aquarium Conservation Research Award. Read about her work at Friday Harbor Labs, and the strong relationship between the Seattle Aquarium and the University of Washington College of the Environment.Read more
“Tide Bites” is the monthly newsletter of UW Friday Harbor Laboratories. This month, Professor Adam Summers reflects on the 25 year legacy of the ‘Fish Biomechanics’ summer course. Read a short exerpt below, or read the full story at: https://fhl.uw.edu/about/news-and-events/newsletters/. Graduate students and senior level undergrads are encouraged to apply now for summer courses at FHL.
“One class, five weeks, seven publications: that’s a Friday Harbor summer. The class did not just offer a one-time opportunity, it tied a group of young scientists together.”
– Professor Adam Summers, Friday Harbor Labs
[Tide Bites]: Edward Sylvester Morse, 1838-1925 Part of his Legacy: a Shared Japan/U.S. Scholar Exchange Program at FHL
This month’s ‘Tide Bite’ FHL newsletter is about the historical and ongoing connections between UW’s Friday Harbor Labs and the first marine laboratory in the Pacific in Japan.Read more
[UW Today]: Researchers, students on annual expedition to maintain internet-connected deep-sea observatory
While at sea a deep-sea robot will brave the crushing pressures and cold temperatures, while the team works day and night to direct the dives and prepare equipment above water. The researchers will be cleaning some instruments from marine life, and swapping out sensors that collect hot spring fluids and DNA samples over their year-long missions. The team is posting regular updates from the ship. On Aug. 1, members reported seeing pyrosomes, the bioluminescent tube-shaped tropical animals that have been seen this year off the Pacific Northwest. They are also posting highlights of the robot-captured dive videos, including one showing how marine creatures are getting cozy on the UW-built technology.Read more
Learn more about one of the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences’ newest faculty Associate Professor Luke Tornabene and his work as the curator of the UW Fish Collection in this ‘Faculty Friday’ profile.Read more
Marine organisms are experiencing dramatic environmental changes due to global climate change. As atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations rise, the oceans absorb increasing amounts of carbon dioxide, which results in acidification. While ocean acidification affects several different types of organisms, calcifiers — those that make their shells or skeletons from calcium carbonate like shellfish or corals — have been identified as particularly vulnerable.Read more
Caribbean coral reefs have been invaded by lionfish, showy predators with venomous spines. And they’ve found a new market to exploit: the ocean’s “twilight zone” — an area below traditional SCUBA diving depths, where little is known about the reefs or the species that inhabit them.Read more
[UW Today] Study shows high pregnancy failure in southern resident killer whales; links to nutritional stress and low salmon abundance
A multi-year survey of the nutritional, physiological and reproductive health of endangered southern resident killer whales suggests that up to two-thirds of pregnancies failed in this population from 2007 to 2014. The study links this orca population’s low reproductive success to stress brought on by low or variable abundance of their most nutrient-rich prey, Chinook salmon.Read more
This article comes from “Tide Bites”, the monthly newsletter of UW Friday Harbor Laboratories. “NOAA Tide and Weather at FHL” by Erin Dodge: read the full article on the FHL website.
I work for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Ocean Service (NOS) as a Physical Scientist for the Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS). We are part of the Pacific Operations Branch team based in Seattle, WA.