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Camrin Braun named new Assistant Professor

SAFS is excited to announce that Camrin Braun will be joining us as our newest Assistant Professor.

Camrin has worked on movement ecology of top predators and biophysical interactions in the ocean for nearly a decade. He recently finished his PhD in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography and has been working as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Air-Sea Interaction and Remote Sensing Department at the Applied Physics Lab (APL-UW). 

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A Tunnel to the Twilight Zone: Blue sharks ride deep-swirling currents to the ocean’s midwater at mealtime

Last year, researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington (UW) discovered that when white sharks are ready to feast, they ride large, swirling ocean currents known as eddies to fast-track their way to the ocean twilight zone—a layer of the ocean between 200 and 1000 meters deep (656 to 3280 feet) containing the largest fish biomass on Earth. Now, according to a new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), scientists are seeing a similar activity with blue sharks, which dive through these natural, spinning tunnels at mealtime. The eddies draw warm water deep into the twilight zone where temperatures are normally considerably colder, allowing blue sharks to forage across areas of the open ocean that are often characterized by low prey abundance in surface waters.

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Researchers deploy new tech to explore depths of Gulf of Mexico

A multi-institution team consisting of the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (UW SAFS) Professor John Horne will deploy experimental technology next week to explore the deep scattering layers of the ocean. In addition to Horne, the UW team includes Ross Hytnen Jr. and summer intern Raymond Surya (a JISAO intern from the University of Michigan). Horne’s lab at SAFS uses active acoustic technologies to count and characterize aquatic organism distributions and dynamics throughout the world. 

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What motivates people to join — and stick with — citizen science projects?

COASST citizen science volunteers identifying a seabird carcass in Ocean Shores, Washington.

One of the most established hands-on, outdoor citizen science projects is the University of Washington-based Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, COASST, which trains beachgoers along the West Coast, from California to Alaska, to monitor their local beach for dead birds. With about 4,500 participants in its 21-year history and roughly 800 active participants today, COASST’s long-term success is now the subject of scientific study in its own right. What makes people join citizen science projects, and what motivates people to stick with them over years?

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Spring 2019 Awards

Each year, our students, faculty and staff win regional, national, and international awards. Please join us in congratulating the latest group of award winners.
Students
Degree track and faculty advisers in parenthesis
Martini Arostegui (PhD, Quinn) received the International Woman’s Fishing Association Scholarship Trust Award.
Catherine Austin (MS, Quinn), Katherine McElroy (PhD, Hilborn/Quinn), Sean Rohan (PhD, Essington), and Yaamini Venkataraman (PhD, Roberts) jointly received the Outstanding Commitment to Diversity Award from the College of the Environment for designing, creating and leading a new graduate-level seminar “Outreach in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences to Diverse Audiences.”
Bailey Gilbert (BS) obtained the best poster award for her poster “Distribution of Beached Pinnipeds Along the Western Coast of the United States Using Effort-Based Surveys” from the Northwest Student Chapter of the Society for Marine Mammalogy. 

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“Fishes of the Salish Sea” Book Release

“Art and science collide magnificently in this monumental three-volume celebration of the 260 species of fishes that infuse the inland marine waters of Washington State and British Columbia, with hidden beauty, remarkable diversity and intriguing ways of living. This long-awaited work is a must-have not just for serious scientists and devotees of exquisite natural history artistry, but for any and all who find joy in exploring the wonders of nature.”―Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Founder, Mission Blue

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