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Harbor seal skulls provide clues to Puget Sound’s past food webs

The adage “you are what you eat” generally turns out to be true. Foods we ingest are broken down into amino acids and absorbed into our bodies, leaving trace elements in our bones. In turn, these amino acids can be traced back to their source like a biological receipt, revealing information about the environment. Using this knowledge, researchers are conducting isotope analysis of amino acids in harbor seal skulls to determine the composition of historical marine food webs.

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Paid Internship: Marine Science Undergraduate Intern, Foundry10

Foundry10 is a philanthropic educational research organization looking for a part-time undergraduate intern to support the marine science team for up to 10 weeks in summer 2021 (flexible dates to be determined upon acceptance). Foundry10 spans many subjects from virtual reality to dance, and we are actively growing in the marine science and environmental education field. The marine science team’s goal is to empower local youth to take action for global ocean and climate resilience while anchoring all programs and partnerships in environmental justice. 

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Acoustics under the ice: a complete story of marine life temporal cycles

Researchers lowering the Chukchi Ecosystem Observatory (CEO) innto the Chukchi Sea. University of Alaska Fairbanks

Silvana González, a PhD student at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, uses acoustic techniques to collect data in otherwise inaccessible locations. In high-latitude marine ecosystems, like the Chukchi Sea, traditional vessel-based sampling for fish and zooplankton is only possible in seasons without sea ice. This limiting factor results in an incomplete picture of the life history of these species and the ecosystem as a whole. By utilizing remote acoustic measurements recorded throughout the year and under the sea ice, González is able to piece together a more complete picture of arctic marine life.

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Fish and Wildlife Ecology Seminar Series speakers announced

Join us Mondays from 4 – 5 pm PT. The Fish and Wildlife Ecology Seminar Series is organized by graduate students in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. It is a place for students and faculty to learn about the latest research and exchange ideas across departments.

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Jeff Cordell Retires after 43 Years at SAFS

When Jeff Cordell was around nine years old, he decided that he wanted to be a marine biologist. Growing up near Puget Sound, he spent many summer and weekend days at the beach and in the water, collecting and identifying all kinds of invertebrates. Later, as an undergraduate at Huxley College of Environmental Studies, Jeff worked in a lab, sorting and identifying biota from Puget Sound beaches; he also spent three summers working in the Arctic, collecting invertebrates before oil drilling commenced there.

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Keeping SAFS Running During a Pandemic

Up until last March, the classrooms, labs, offices, and even the hallways and lobbies of the Fishery Sciences and Fisheries Teaching and Research buildings were bustling with the regular activities of a vibrant academic unit. During this past year, however, our daily routines have changed dramatically; our days now consist of Zoom calls and juggling an increasingly stressful workp-life balance at home. Amidst all of these changes, building coordinator Jon Wittouck’s role has become even more vital. Jon, along with co-worker Jason Ching, is still coming to campus nearly every day, working behind the scenes to ensure that the SAFS facilities are safely maintained and operations are running smoothly for critical employees.

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