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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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