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SAFS Celebrates 100 Years

Join us for our 100-year celebration with a special Bevan Series Symposium
April 16 - 18, 2019

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Ivonne reading while on a tagging research cruise to the Aluetians in 2003

Centennial Story 68: Ivonne Ortiz (MS, 2002; PhD, 2007)

My 20-year relationship with SAFS started back when it was still SOF (School of Fisheries), and I was still in Mexico City. One of the co-advisors for my BS in Biology, and later supervisor at the National Fisheries Institute, was Pablo Arenas. A SAFS PhD graduate himself (1988), he was, at the time, organizing a hands-on workshop to be taught by Carl Walters and Ray Hilborn in Mérida, in English. Plans changed a couple of hours into the workshop when the need arose for an impromptu translator, and thus, I translated for, and mingled with, Carl and Ray for the next five days… Encouraged by Pablo, and advised by Ray, I arrived in Seattle for the first time, having been rejected by QERM (as predicted by Ray), accepted by SOF, funded by the Mexican government, and neglected to look up what the typical weather was like.

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Shifting newspaper headlines on what makes for a ginormous fish

Shifting baselines is the concept that each human generation thinks “normal” conditions are those when they were growing up, and therefore only takes into account declines during their lifetime, instead of over multiple generations. 

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Ready for a dive on Pisces IV in 1967

Centennial Story 71: Robert R. Stickney (Faculty member 1985-1995; Director, September 1985 –June 1991)

I was pleased to receive an email from André Punt inviting me to say a few words about my over 10 years at the then School of Fisheries at the UW. 

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