[speaker]: Recreational shark fishing in Florida: An interdisciplinary analysis of an emerging conservation issue

Recreational shark fishing in Florida: An interdisciplinary analysis of an emerging conservation issue

David Shiffman
Liber Ero Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Simon Fraser University

Thursday, September 28, 2017 4:00 pm
Fishery Sciences Building, Room 102
Open advising about undergraduate programs hosted in FSH lobby from 3:30-4:00 pm


Sharks are one of the most threatened groups of marine fishes, but the majority of research, advocacy, and management attention to date has focused on threats stemming from commercial fisheries. In this seminar, Dr. David Shiffman will present his interdisciplinary research on threats that sharks face from recreational fisheries in Florida, including charterboat fishing, land-based fishing, and trophy fishing. This research includes assessments of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of different groups of recreational shark anglers, as well as recommended policy solutions.

Dr. David Shiffman is a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Simon Fraser University, where his research focuses on sustainable shark fisheries in North America. He has a BS in Biology from Duke University, a Master in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, and a PhD in Ecosystem Science and Policy from the University of Miami. David is also an award-winning science communicator, with bylines in the Washington Post and Scientific American, and interviews in Nature, National Geographic, CNN, and NPR. His widely followed twitter account @WhySharksMatter is used to educate non-experts about marine science and conservation. Please visit DavidShiffmanCV.com for more information.

This speaker is part of the weekly ‘Autumn Seminar Series’ at the UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences. For the full schedule, go to: fish.uw.edu

[UW Today]: Video shows invasive lionfish feasting on new Caribbean fish species

from UW Today, June 1, 2017. Note: Luke Tornabene teaches classes applied towards the Marine Biology minor such as “FISH 311: Biology of Fishes”.

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.

Researchers from the University of Washington and Smithsonian Institution have reported the first observed case of lionfish preying upon a fish species that had not yet been named. Their results, published May 25 in PLOS ONE, may indicate an uncertain future for other fish found in the largely unexplored deep-ocean coral reefs.

“Lionfish aren’t going anywhere, and we are faced with the fact that they are permanent residents on Caribbean reefs,” said lead author Luke Tornabene, curator of fishes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and an assistant professor at the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. “The hope is that the learning curve is quick and other fish realize lionfish are predators. Right now, studies have shown some prey species to be pretty naïve.”

read more at UW Today

Undergraduate Research Assistant in School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences

Algae, Daphnia, Microbes, in Closed Ecological Systems

Starting in Summer 2017, with intention on staying and working in Frieda Taub’s lab (Professor Emerita)  for (possibly) two years. A part time position, around 10 hours a week (anywhere from 8-12 hours depending on the week) that is highly flexible to fit around a school schedule.

The student must be interested in Aquatic Ecology with science backgrounds or majors in SAFS/Microbiology/Ecology/Biology/Oceanography/Environmental Science. The lab currently is involved in aquatic chemistry, designing and setting up experiments, collecting data, running statistics, culturing organisms, designing posters/seminar slides, and writing publications.

Proficient skills in Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, and EndNote most helpful, as well as the willingness to understand and develop skills at new programs or features. Also must display high attention to detail on the computer and during lab procedures. Must be able to able to admit when they don’t know something or an error may have occurred, and that you are willing to learn new techniques and methodology. It is essential to have the ability to communicate (both written and orally) well. Having animal or microbial “culture” experience or interest is a plus: anything from amateur fish tanks to lab routines.

Please email Frieda Taub (taub@uw.edu) with your interest in aquatic ecology, experience culturing organisms, your unofficial transcript, references, and availability for Summer 2017 and the academic year 2017-2018.

UW Aquatic & Fishery Sciences & Oceanography both ranked in the top 5 programs in their field globally

A new ranking of global university programs by academic subject highlights the quality of our marine and aquatic science programs. In the lists for their respective subjects, The UW School of Oceanography was ranked 2nd globally, and the UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences was ranked 4th. Read on for more details about the ranking and to learn about the other 43 subjects ranked in the top 10 globally.

The University of Washington landed at No. 9 with 45 subjects ranked in the top 10 in the Center for World University Rankings’ inaugural subjects ranking. The ranking features the top global universities in 227 subjects covering all academic disciplines in the sciences and social sciences. This is the highest the UW has placed in a global subject ranking.

Social work at the UW was ranked as the best such program in the world, while the UW’s oceanography and audiology & speech language pathology programs each ranked second. In all, 22 UW subjects were rated among the top five in the world.

The CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017 highlights the world’s elite universities in the sciences and the social sciences, based on the number of research articles in top-tier journals. Data is obtained from Clarivate Analytics (previously the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters). More information about the methodology is available here.

The new CWUR global subjects ranking joins several others in which the UW is highly regarded. Most recently, the UW had 52 subjects ranked in the top 10 on the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools ranking.

[read more at UW Today]

from Balta, V. (2017, April 3). UW lands at No. 9 with 45 subjects ranked in the top 10 in Center for World University Rankings inaugural subject list. Retrieved from http://www.washington.edu/news


Apply for a 2017-18 SAFS Undergrad Recruiting Scholarship! Deadline: April 9

2017-18 SAFS Undergraduate Recruiting Scholarship
Application deadline: April 9, 2017

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) is pleased to announce the availability of the SAFS Undergraduate Recruiting Scholarship for the 2017-18 Academic Year.

The SAFS Undergraduate Recruiting Scholarship is awarded to incoming UW undergraduates who exhibit exceptional academic achievement demonstrated by overall GPA and other measurable academic merit. Financial need may also be considered – need will be determined by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid and requires submission of the 2017 FAFSA.

Applicants should be incoming undergraduate freshmen or transfer students in good academic standing who intend to pursue a major in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and who will be enrolled at least one quarter during the 2017-18 academic year. Students who have already begun attending the UW may apply for scholarships via the current student application.

Scholarships may be awarded to more than one applicant – award amounts vary.

Questions about the application or eligibility may be directed to the SAFS Undergraduate Adviser, 206-543-7457.

Award notifications will be made in late April. Awardees will be expected to write a note of appreciation to the donor(s) who contributed to the scholarship endowment.

Application Instructions
Submit the following by the deadline:

  • Online application form.
    You will need a UW Net ID to access the application – if you do not have a UW Net ID, contact the Undergraduate Adviser for an alternative application form.
  • Copy of unofficial transcripts from other post-secondary institutions you have attended
    Optional, but highly recommended for transfer students or freshmen with Running Start credits

    • Contact the institution(s) for a copy of your unofficial transcript(s), download/scan and save a pdf copy with 2016-17_SAFSScholar​ship_LastNameFirstName_SchoolNameTranscr​ipt and upload to the CollectIt Dropbox.

Deadline: Sunday, April 9, 2017 – online scholarship form will automatically close at 11:59pm on April 9.

Professor Tom Quinn Public Lecture about Salmon Today

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences autumn quarter seminar is a chance for the public to learn about current issues and research through weekly lectures each Thursday. Subscribe to the SAFS events calendar for information about other lectures through the quarter.

Pink Salmon in the Seton River
Aaron Dufault
photo by: Aaron Dufault

More than just fillets on the grill: Salmon and trout as models of evolutionary ecology.


Salmon, trout, and their relatives are important as objects of commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries and aquaculture, and they also play vital roles in the marine and freshwater ecosystems that they occupy during their lives. Emphasis on these aspects of salmonids can cause us to overlook what fascinating organisms they are. Those studying evolutionary ecology in fishes often work on guppies, sticklebacks, and cichlids yet salmonids have been at the forefront of many important discoveries. This presentation will provide examples of early or seminal scientific papers on salmonids, highlighting some of the complexities and mysteries of their evolutionary ecology. It will conclude with comments on the importance of these concepts for salmon conservation.


Tom Quinn
Tom Quinn

Thomas Quinn grew up in New York City and received a B.A. in Biology at Swarthmore College in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Fisheries from the University of Washington in 1981 for work on magnetic field detection and orientation by juvenile sockeye salmon. He spent four years as a post-doc with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada lab in Nanaimo, B.C., working with Kees Groot on various salmon behavior projects before returning to the UW to teach in 1986. His research addresses basic and applied aspects of the behavior, ecology, evolution, and conservation of salmon and trout and their ecosystems.

[volunteer]: Fieldwork Opportunities on Lake Washington in October

We have one more month of fieldwork to wrap up this project on Lake Washington. I would love to have some help and share the fun of this fieldwork since it is so close to campus. People with all experience levels are welcome. You only need to be prepared to have a great time! Descriptions and dates for each sampling type are below. Email clarkc25@uw.edu for questions or to sign up

Mid-Water Trawling:
October 10: Acoustic survey
October 11, 12, and 13: Mid-water trawling
October 14: Weather makeup (tentative). Mid-water trawling

Gillnetting Dates:
October 18, 19, and 20

Purse Seining Dates:
October 25 and 26

Email me (clarkc25@uw.edu) to sign up or ask any questions. You can also put your name down on the Google.DOC, but email so I know how to contact you with details. Thank you!

Mid-Water Trawling

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SAFS in the News: Scientist captures amazing photos of massive Alaskan sockeye salmon run

originally shared on the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Student Services Blog

SAFS alumnus Jason Ching is featured on the Mother Nature Network:

“If the realms of science and art seems worlds away from each other, you’d be gravely mistaken. After all, when you’re studying the science behind the world around us, how can you not feel inspired by its sublime beauty? That’s why it should come as no surprise to learn that some of society’s most creative and passionate artists also happen to possess brilliant scientific minds.

One such scientist is Jason Ching, a Washington-based researcher who has spent years studying and photographing Bristol Bay’s sockeye salmon populations.”

Read more!

School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences Undergraduate Capstone Symposium

See the final projects for the undergraduate majors in Aquatic & Fishery Sciences on December 11 in FSH 107.

Presentation Schedule

1:30 Danica Sheridan (Sebens)

Analysis of ferry disturbance on the sessile intertidal communities on commercial dock pilings, as compared to recreational dock pilings

1:45 Karl Seitz (Kiffney)

The effects of anadromous salmon recolonization on the trophic niches of resident trout

2:00 Jonathan Allen (Roberts)

Behavioral and luciferase gene expression analysis in the orange sea pen (Pennatulacea: Ptilosarcus gurneyi)

2:15 Tasha Hartwig (Laidre)

Haul-out behavior of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in Washington State

2:30 Angeline Blattenbauer (Beauchamp)

Critical growth and size-selective mortality in offshore juvenile coho salmon

2:45 Martin Safer (Grue)

Do seasonal temperatures affect the efficacy of imidacloprid on burrowing shrimp in Willapa Bay?