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KPLU – Inside that mysterious goo, oysters have a story

Inside that mysterious goo, oysters have a story »
By Keith Seinfeld
The oyster is more than a seafood favorite. It’s an ecological lynchpin in Puget Sound and on beaches around the world, so scientists are thankful the Pacific oyster is the latest creature to have its genetic code unveiled.

The shellfish has a lot going on inside.
“I’m just always totally amazed that what most people think of as a shell full of goo, when they open it up, has this very complex physiology, where they control reproductive process very similar to humans and mammals,” says Steven Roberts, a professor of fisheries at the University of Washington. 

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Native invaders divide loyalties

A drawback to the attention garnered by high-profile invasive species is the tendency to infer that every non-native species is bad news, the inverse assumption being that all native species must be ‘good’. While this storyline works well for Hollywood films and faerie tales, in ecology the truth is rarely that simple. A new review article that Julian Olden and colleagues at NOAA Fisheries co-authored in the September issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, describes the challenges and heartbreaks when native species run amok in the sense of having negative ecological impacts we typically associate with non-native species. 

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Ice cream and the application of backscatter models.

Ice cream and the application of backscatter models.
J Acoust Soc Am. 2012 Sep;132(3):1882
Authors: Horne JK
Abstract
I was invited to visit Clay and colleagues at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in October 1991. As an acoustics neophyte, I had lots of questions that Clay patiently took the time to answer while we ate ice cream at the Memorial Union. 

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New SAFS Fishline Platform!

We over here in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) are excited to announce that Fishline has moved onto a new platform–its own website!
Information on SAFS events, seminars, publication notifications and news will now be available in one site, as it happens. While there will no longer be weekly e-mails with these updates, you do have three options to stay up to date on the latest:

Visit Fishline here online (and often!)
Subscribe to receive these news and event updates (add your e-mail address under the Subscribe Here! 

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