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19 posts in SAFS News

Old-growth fishes are going missing through fishing

In 2011, National Marine Fisheries Service announced the end of overfishing in the U.S. This achievement was considered an important milestone for fishery management. Six years later, a study in Current Biology by Dr. Lewis Barnett (previous postdoctoral researcher) and Prof. Trevor Branch from School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences revealed a significant decline of old-growth fishes around globe, including the U.S. 

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An overlooked carbon source to an important freshwater fishery may be under threat

By Ben Miller, SAFS student
When you first arrive at the community of Kampong Phluk, your neck cranes up bamboo stilts to meet the chatter of families in houses high above. From the top of what guidebooks call “bamboo skyscrapers,” locals gaze over the tops of submerged trees, a glittering, island Buddhist temple, and clusters of floating fishing villages in the distance. 

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SAFS professor Chelsea Wood receives prestigious Sloan Fellowship

SAFS Professor Chelsea Wood was awarded a Sloan Fellowship, awarded to early-career researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field. Prof. Wood is a prolific researcher who uses parasites and pathogens (both human and fish-based) to uncover fundamental ecological truths about the natural world. She will receive $65,000 to further her research initiatives, which includes using museum fish specimens as “parasite time capsules”, as reported in UW News. 

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Applications for Ken Chew visiting professorship in aquaculture ($29,000) to SAFS are now open

The recipient will be awarded with a 2-6 month collaborative visit to SAFS beginning in summer 2018, which covers travel, housing, research supplies and a modest stipend each month, for a total value of up to $29,000. The award honors the many lasting and excellent contributions of Prof Kenneth K. Chew to aquaculture. More details are available here: 

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Coral bleaching experiment unveil effects of ocean warming on coral feeding reproduction

SAFS faculty Jacqueline Padilla-Gamino and graduate student Jeremy Axworthy just returned from a trip to Hawaii where they performed coral bleaching experiments to understand the effects of stress from heating on coral feeding and reproduction. Their study aims to find biomarker molecules to identify corals that are most likely to recover and reproduce after a bleaching event, improving predictions of coral responses to bleaching events. 

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SAFS professors Parrish and Roberts highlighted for their open science work

To celebrate International Open Access Week, the University of Washington Libraries posted profiles and interviews with two SAFS faculty, Julia Parrish and Steven Roberts, about how they conduct their research openly. The interview with Julia Parrish focuses on her citizen science work, which involves trained members of the public identifying and pinpointing the locations of more than 10,000 dead birds on the Pacific coast each year, and making the data available openly as well as in scientific publications. 

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Marine Biology core course offers lecture, lab, and multiple field trips

Marine Biology (FISH250) is the core class for the College of the Environment Marine Biology Minor, where students learn principles of oceanography, biology, physiology and reproduction of marine taxa. The course focuses on the adaptations organisms need to thrive in their marine environments. The class includes active student discussion, class polls, and the opportunity to experience and experiment with key concepts in the laboratory section and fun field trips to Friday Harbor, Alki Beach (night low tide), Ocean Shores and others. 

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The most valuable salmon fishery in the world could become a mine

A front page investigative CNN article outlines how the Environmental Protection Agency reversed a decision to protect the most valuable salmon fishery in the world, giving the go-ahead for the Pebble Mine, one hour after the head met with the CEO of the Pebble Mine partnership. SAFS professor Thomas Quinn comments in the report: “This is the jewel in the crown of America’s fisheries resources – these salmon. 

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More than 10,000 seabirds die from harmful algal blooms, recorded by citizen scientists

Citizen scientists in a program run by Julia Parrish provided data about two mass die-offs of seabirds on the outer coast of Washington state, which is the largest mass death ever to be definitively ascribed to harmful algal blooms. The new report was authored by SAFS postdoc Timothy Jones, with other SAFS contributions from Julia Parrish, André Punt, and Jennifer Lang, as part of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST; a citizen science program at the University of Washington). 

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