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SAFS in the News: How do shark teeth bite? Reciprocating saw, glue provide answers

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 in the News: Invasive green crab found on San Juan Island by citizen science volunteers

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 in the News: Interactive map shows where animals will move under climate change

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 in the News: Nations slated to be hit hardest by invasive species are the least prepared

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. 

SAFS in the News: Preserving the Past, Helping the Future (Burke Museum)

The Burke Museum’s Fish Collection and collection manager Katherine Maslenikov are featured on the UW Home Page:
‘Join us as we go behind-the-scenes at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. See fascinating items that aren’t on display, and learn how the museum manages collections in areas from fish to fossils.
Imagine you’re a researcher studying the effects of climate change on the Pacific Northwest. 

SAFS in the News: Twins, especially male identical twins, live longer

SAFS postdoctoral researcher David Sharrow and SAFS Professor Jim Anderson are featured in UW Today:
‘Twins not only have a bestie from birth — they also live longer than singletons. And those two factors may be related, according to new University of Washington research. 

SAFS in the News: Big fish — and their pee — are key parts of coral reef ecosystems

SAFS postdoctoral researcher Jacob Allgeier is featured in UW Today:
‘Coral reefs wouldn’t be the same without their beautiful fish.
A diversity of colorful, beautifully patterned species lives in tandem with coral reefs around the world, having adapted their appearance, body structure and lifestyle to take refuge in the folds of spiny, spongy, slippery reefs.
Recent studies suggest that coral reefs, however, are just as dependent on these fish for key nutrients that help coral grow. 

SAFS in the News: The Blob That Cooked the Pacific

SAFS professor Julia Parrish is featured in National Geographic:
‘When a deadly patch of warm water shocked the West Coast, some feared it was a preview of our future oceans… In the past few years death had become a bigger part of life in the ocean off North America’s West Coast. Millions of sea stars melted away in tide pools from Santa Barbara, California, to Sitka, Alaska, their bodies dissolving, their arms breaking free and wandering off. 

SAFS in the News: Why did a humpback whale just save this seal’s life?

SAFS professor Trevor Branch is quoted in Science magazine:
‘But what about protecting other species? This happened in nearly 90% of attacks where the killer whales’ prey could be identified. “It’s pretty mysterious,” says Trevor Branch, a fisheries scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle, who has studied populations of large whales. “We tend to think of altruism as being reciprocal, but there’s no way these other species would come back and help the humpback whales.”’
Article and excerpt by Erik Stokstad
Read the whole article here 

SAFS in the News: UW professor is digitizing every fish species in the world

SAFS professor Adam Summers is featured in UW Today:
‘Nearly 25,000 species of fish live on our planet, and a University of Washington professor wants to scan and digitize them all.
That means each species will soon have a high-resolution, 3-D visual replica online, available to all and downloadable for free. Scientists, teachers, students and amateur ichthyologists will be able to look at the fine details of a smoothhead sculpin’s skeleton, or 3-D print an exact replica of an Arctic alligatorfish. 

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