5 posts in Student Spotlight

Marine Bio Student Profile: Abby von Hagel

Abby von Hagel is a student from Seattle in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program pursuing a Major in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and a Minor in Marine Biology with plans to graduate in 2019. We talked with Abby to find out what inspires her to study marine biology and to learn how an introductory course led to her researching at the UW’s marine field station at Friday Harbor Labs.

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[UW Today]: UW oceanography senior finds plastic microfibers are common on Puget Sound beaches

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As the infamous floating “garbage patch” churns up bits of plastic in the tropical Pacific Ocean, a University of Washington undergraduate has discovered a related problem much closer to home: nearly invisible bits of plastic on Puget Sound beaches.

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Autumn Quarter at Friday Harbor Labs

The dock at FHL

Junior Hyejoo Ro is pursuing a major in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences and a minor in Marine Biology. Learn what it was like to study and research for a full quarter last autumn at the UW’s marine field station Friday Harbor Labs.

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Drew McWhirter: Becoming a Certified Scientific Diver

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There was never any doubt that Marine Biology minor and Oceanography major Drew McWhirter loved the ocean. While living on Oahu for three years in middle school, he surfed, paddled canoes, snorkeled, played water polo and was a junior lifeguard. While he always wanted to learn how to dive, it wasn’t until he got into the colder waters of the Pacific Northwest that he decided to get started. 

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Alexandra Ulmke asks: Can law save the whales?

Student Alex Ulmke collecting data on whale from a boat in the Puget Sound

At the beginning of her sophomore year, Alex Ulmke had no idea what to major in. She had grown up visiting her grandparents’ house on a Florida inlet with manatees swimming by, and she wanted to become a marine biologist to save them. During her freshman year at UW, she took study breaks to watch documentaries about whales. After taking a course from a UW professor who was researching whales and the Endangered Species Act, she figured out she could tailor her UW education to her fascination with marine mammal conservation. 

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