SAFS professor Kristin Laidre is featured in the New York Times:
‘The narwhal is not an aquatic unicorn. It’s not magical, or mythical. It’s just a whale with two teeth, one of which happens to be really long on males. But it’s not just its snaggletooth — which can be up to nine feet long — that makes this Arctic sea creature unbelievable.
SAFS grads Christine Stawitz, Megsie Siple, Stuart Munsch, and Qi Lee are featured in UW Today:
‘With seafood, what you see is not always what you get.
It’s no secret that mislabeling is rampant around the world. Recent studies estimate up to 30 percent of seafood served in restaurants and sold in supermarkets is actually something other than what is listed on the menu or label.
SAFS professor Julia Parrish is featured in UW Today:
‘What if every coastal community along the entire Pacific Rim were involved in monitoring their local marine environment, and all of that data were brought together in one place? Imagine, for example, if residents in Long Beach, Washington, could submit information about seabirds they observe, then look up bird data from another coastal community in southeast Alaska to compare notes.
UW Today and Fish and Fisheries features SAFS grad student Merrill Rudd and SAFS professor Trevor Branch:
‘Each day in fishing communities around the world, not every fish is counted. This happens in part because of illegal fishing, poor or incomplete surveys and discarded fish from commercial operations.
Recording how many fish are caught is one important requirement to measure the well-being of a fish stock — if scientists know the number of fish taken from the ocean, they can adjust management of that fishery to keep it from being overfished.
SAFS graduate student Natalie Lowell and SAFS alumna Shannon Hennessey are featured in UW Today:
‘Every living thing leaves a genetic trail in its wake. As animals, plants and microbes shed cells and produce waste, they drop traces of their DNA everywhere — in the air, soil and water.
Researchers are now able to capture the cells of animals, sequence their DNA and identify which species were present at a point in time.
SAFS professor Kristin Laidre is featured in UW Today:
‘It’s no secret that Arctic sea ice is melting.
Polar bears, the poster child for climate change, are among the animals most affected by the seasonal and year-to-year changes in Arctic sea ice, because they rely on this surface for essential activities such as hunting, traveling and breeding.
A new University of Washington study, with funding and satellite data from NASA, finds a trend toward earlier sea ice melt in the spring and later ice growth in the fall across all 19 polar bear populations, which can negatively impact the feeding and breeding capabilities of the bears.
SAFS professor Adam Summers is featured in UW Today:
‘Sharks have a big reputation for their teeth.
The ocean predators use their buzz saw mouths to efficiently dismantle prey, ranging from marine mammals and sea turtles to seabirds and — as Hollywood likes to remind us — an occasional human.
There are more than 400 species of sharks in the world and each has a unique tooth shape.
SAFS scientist P. Sean McDonald is featured in UW Today:
‘Earlier this week in Westcott Bay, San Juan Island, a team of volunteer monitors caught an invasive green crab, marking the first confirmation of this global invader in Washington’s inland waters.
The volunteers are part of Washington Sea Grant’s Crab Team, an early detection and monitoring program to look for European green crab (Carcinus maenas) and collect information on local marine life.
SAFS professor Julian Olden is featured in UW Today:
‘Scientists predict that as Earth warms and climate patterns morph in response, animals will be forced to move to survive. That usually means hightailing it to higher latitudes as equatorial areas become too hot and dry.
This movement pattern has happened fluidly and naturally in the past as climates have shifted, but now with human developments such as cities, highways and agriculture, critical animal migrations will be limited in surprising and troubling ways.
SAFS professor Julian Olden is featured on the College of Environment’s news feed:
‘Security checks. Never-ending lines. Overpriced snacks. For many, time spent at the airport is often the low point of an otherwise enjoyable vacation.
But what’s often overlooked in those long lines and security check points are the other travelers that are unknowingly joining us.
As our vacations get off the ground, so do species that are native to our home regions — tiny insects and seeds that can travel on our clothes, shoes and luggage.