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College researchers, faculty and staff working together for UW Medicine

In times of extreme duress, a shining beacon of hope can come from communities working together to support one another. The University of Washington Medical Center, in preparation for an influx of patients in the coming weeks, recently put out a call for medical supplies. Researchers from around the College of the Environment answered that call, realizing that much of what the Medical Center needed were common items found in research labs, and quickly mobilized to collect donations and drop them off at UW Surplus.

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Fish, Film & Fashion

Last year, the UW Alaska Salmon Program partnered with Waterlust, an apparel and media company, to develop a line of salmon-inspired clothing. Waterlust’s clothing line, dubbed “advocated apparel,” aims to bring awareness to aquatic science and conservation-based causes by turning designs found in nature into fashion. The company has previously worked with other institutions and nonprofits to develop prints inspired by sea turtles, whale sharks, and spotted dolphins. 

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New Faculty: José Guzmán

In fall 2019, José Guzmán was appointed as a lecturer at SAFS, where he had been an instructor from 2015 to 2019. José has been recognized for his teaching excellence, receiving both the UW Distinguished Teaching Award and the College of the Environment Outstanding Teaching Award in 2019. A native of Spain, José earned his BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Marine Sciences at the University of Cádiz. Before coming to SAFS, José was a postdoctoral fellow at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries.

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New Faculty: Camrin Braun

Camrin Braun (Cam), an oceanographer and fish ecologist focused on top predators, joined the SAFS faculty in fall 2019. Prior to coming to SAFS, Cam was a NASA-funded postdoctoral research scientist at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and before that, a PhD student in Simon Thorrold’s lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cam’s research leverages computational and field-based approaches to unite biophysical interactions with the challenges of managing fisheries in a dynamic ocean.

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

André Punt

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.

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Virtual Spring Seminars

Join us for our virtual Spring Seminar Series, Thursday’s this quarter, from 4:00-6:00 pm PT on Zoom

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of our planned speakers have graciously agreed to present virtually this quarter. We hope you can join us for these important talks and use the opportunity to connect with your colleagues and classmates. A tentative schedule can be found below and on our events page. 

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Inbreeding and management in captive populations

school of salmon underwater

Pacific salmon hatcheries aim to supplement declining wild populations and support commercial and recreational fisheries. However, there are also risks associated with hatcheries because the captive and wild environments are inherently different. It is important to understand these risks in order to maximize the success of hatcheries. Inbreeding, which occurs when related individuals interbreed, is one risk that may inadvertently be higher in hatcheries due to space limitations and other factors. 

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