SAFS Newsletter – Autumn 19 / Winter 20 Director’s Message

André PuntDear Friends,

Welcome to 2020 and the 2nd century of the School’s history. As we embark on the first of our next 100 years, there are several changes at SAFS to report to you.

First, there are the changes to the newsletter itself: SAFS News has a new writer and editor in Dan DiNicola, our communications specialist since July 2018. Apart from his writing and editing skills, Dan is contributing to the newsletter as an accomplished photographer; look for his photos throughout this issue. The second change is easy to see: the hard copy version is now in color, which means that those of you who receive the newsletter by snail mail can see the photos as they are meant to be seen— in full color.

In Fall 2019, SAFS was pleased to welcome two new faculty members: Assistant Professor Camrin Braun and Lecturer José Guzmán. Camrin (Cam) Braun comes to us from the UW Applied Physics Laboratory. Cam’s research focuses on top predators and their marine ecosystems. Read an interview with him and visit his website to learn more about his research and the Marine Predators Group.

José Guzmán has been with SAFS for several years as a postdoctoral scholar and instructor. He is teaching our marine biology class, a major component of the UW College of the Environment’s new Marine Biology major. When he is not teaching, José is conducting research on the onset and progression of sexual development in fishes.

Hot and cold is definitely not the best way to describe our research, but you will find SAFS faculty, staff, and students conducting research and contributing to conservation and management in the world’s coldest and warmest regions. As you will see in our recent story, we are active from the chilly climes of northern Greenland and its polar bears to the Red Sea and its resident swordfish. The research of SAFS is broader in geographical scope than ever!

I would like to thank all those who continue to give to the School. Your gifts make a huge difference. They allow us to support graduate students who would otherwise not be able to join SAFS, and to explore new research areas. I would particularly like to call out those who are giving to the SAFS Boots in the Mud Fund. Thanks to your efforts, SAFS will be able to support our unique Aquatic Ecological Research class in Alaska this year. This class will allow eight undergraduate students to spend four weeks in Alaska, living, studying, and exploring at field sites and working with Tom Quinn, Daniel Schindler, and Ray Hilborn to learn about all things salmon and their ecosystems.

As always, I look forward to seeing you at workshops, symposia, seminars, and social events over the upcoming months.

André Punt, Director

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