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Characterizing short read sequencing for gene discovery and RNA-Seq analysis in Crassostrea gigas.

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Characterizing short read sequencing for gene discovery and RNA-Seq analysis in Crassostrea gigas.
Comp Biochem Physiol Part D Genomics Proteomics. 2012 Jun;7(2):94-9
Authors: Gavery MR, Roberts SB
Advances in DNA sequencing technology have provided opportunities to produce new transcriptomic resources for species that lack completely sequenced genomes. However, there are limited examples that rely solely on ultra-short read sequencing technologies (e.g. 

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TODAY! SAFS Autumn Seminar Series with Prof. Daniel Schindler

Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and Professor Daniel Schindler today, Sept. 27, for a seminar entitled Does Evolution Moderate the Risks of Climate Impacts on Ecosystem?
Where: UW School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, 102 Fishery Sciences (Auditorium)
Address: 1122 NE Boat St, University of Washington
Time: 4:00-5:00pm (social follows seminar)
More info: 206-543-4270;
Changing climate poses substantial new risks to biodiversity and the goods and services people derive from ecosystems. 

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WA Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit Annual Student Presentations

The Washington Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit will be celebrating its 45th Anniversary and hosting its annual student presentation this Thursday, Sept. 27. The event will have a great line-up of student presentations–something for everyone.  Students will be competing for the Gilbert and Pat Pauley Award for best presentation.

A Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Brian Kertson, a recent Unit graduate and the Large Carnivore Specialist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

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Four Thousand Hooks – Book Launch and Signing

University of Washington Press will release SAFS alum and guest lecturer Dean Adams’  book Four Thousand Hooks on Oct. 1, 2012. Join Adams on Oct. 7 to celebrate the arrival of Four Thousand Hooks—a true story of fishing and coming of age on the high seas of Alaska— a view like no other, into the culture and lifestyle of Alaska fishermen. 

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The Role of Molecular Genetics in Fisheries Management: Historical Perspectives

On October 2 at 12:30 p.m., SAFS Affiliate Professor Fred Utter will give a presentation entitled The Role of Molecular Genetics in Fisheries Management:
Historical Perspectives in FSH 203.
Speaker bio:
Fred Utter, Ph. D., is an affiliate professor in the School of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Washington. Considered the founding father of fishery genetics, in 1959 he began work in the ancestor laboratory of the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center fishery genetics laboratory, of which he became the head in 1969. 

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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
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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