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.Read more
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?Read more
Coral reefs are retreating from equatorial waters and establishing new reefs in more temperate regions, according to new research published July 4 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series. The researchers found that the number of young corals on tropical reefs has declined by 85% — and doubled on subtropical reefs — during the last four decades.Read more
Each year, our students, faculty and staff win regional, national, and international awards. Please join us in congratulating the latest group of award winners.
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.
Mark Scheuerell is the newest member of the SAFS faculty. He joins SAFS as the Assistant Unit Leader, Fisheries, in the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (WACFWRU), and an Associate Professor.Read more
Just beyond where conventional scuba divers can go is an area of the ocean that still is largely unexplored. In waters this deep — about 100 to at least 500 feet below the surface — little to no light breaks through.Read more
Coral reefs typically evoke clear, turquoise waters and a staggering number of colorful fishes. But what supports such an abundance of life?Read more