Sea Pens: Light on the Seafloor

Orange Seapen

It’s easy to see where the orange sea pen gets its name. A soft-bodied invertebrate that lives on the ocean floor, sea pens look just like feathered quills once used for writing. And where there’s one sea pen, there are usually others – lots of them – all swaying in the ocean current gobbling up planktonic plants and animals as they drift by. 

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Get a job! College of the Environment Career Resources

Are you planning for the next step after college? Concerned about whether your academic interests can connect to a fulfilling career? Make sure to check out the College of the Environment Career Opportunities page. This page posts a collection of jobs collected from different companies and agencies from around the world. Many of the job announcements require less than 5 years of work experience, and internships and volunteer opportunities are posted there as well. 

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Nearshore Marine Ecology Intern (NOAA NWFSC)

Internship Description:   We are seeking a volunteer student intern to conduct lab work related to a field experiment testing the effects of nutrient inputs and crab fishing on eelgrass, its epiphytes, and associated invertebrate communities. We have collected and preserved many invertebrates and the selected student will assist us in the lab, working under a microscope to identify, enumerate, and weigh invertebrates. 

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History of Friday Harbor Labs

Students in the ENVIR 480: Sustainability Studio course focused on the UW’s environmental history this past spring, and student Sarah Geyer wrote a history of Friday Harbor Labs which you can read on “In Our Nature: the UW Sustainability Blog”. Find out how you can participate in a tradition of over 100 years of research and instruction at Friday Harbor labs here. 

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Environmental Journalism Fellowship with Grist

Grist is now looking for spring 2016 editorial fellows.
Here’s the link with all the details (the next deadline to apply is Nov. 2):
grist.org/fellowships/
About the Grist Fellowship Program
The Grist Fellowship Program is an opportunity for early-career journalists to hone their skills at a national news outlet and deepen their knowledge of environmental issues. The fellowship offers exposure to the leading sustainability thinkers and theories of our time, real-world experience at a fast-paced news site, and the occasional scrumptious snacks. 

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Undergraduate Internship with the Beauchamp Lab (School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences)

The Beauchamp Lab in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences is looking to take on 1-2 interns this fall willing to work either 3 or 6 hours/week (i.e. 1 or 2 internship credits). Interns will be working on a project that aims to understand patterns in early marine growth and survival of juvenile Pacific salmon in Puget Sound. Each intern will be responsible for a variety of lab work, including:

Dissecting whole-body fish samples to collect biological data, including DNA, scale, and gut samples
Preparing fish scales for examination to determine growth patterns in Puget Sound salmon stocks
Examining fish gut contents to quantify prey types eaten by Puget Sound salmon species during their early marine experience in Puget Sound
Entering data
Other lab duties as needed

If the intern is interested, there is potential to continue into the internship into winter quarter or develop a capstone project in the future. 

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Explore New Research Tags

Marine Biology is a broad field that encompasses many specific areas of research, and this is represented by nearly 50 faculty from across the University of Washington. Don’t know where to start or who to contact? Our new faculty profiles can be searched by research area. Find faculty who research or teach in areas you are currently interested in, or explore a whole new side to marine biology! 

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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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