When can we expect to see the full impacts of climate change in Puget Sound, and what will those be? UW Climate Impacts Group Director Amy Snover will present new research in a talk tomorrow (November 19th) at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her presentation is from 2-3:30 at the UWT Research Commons, 3rd Floor Tioga Library Building (TLB) 1907 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma.
The Puget Sound Institute is seeking a highly-motivated full-time research scientist to analyze and synthesize, and help design a communication plan for, the results of 30–35 research projects conducted over the last 4 years focused on recovery and protection of the nearshore and marine environments of Puget Sound. This is an 8-month project, and we are seeking a PhD-level individual with a background in aquatic ecology, and connecting science to policy; familiarity with the Puget Sound region is a plus. This is a real opportunity to connect results from funded research to policy, or implementation activities, in support of ecosystem recovery. Continue reading
The decaying seawall along Seattle’s waterfront is providing scientists with an opportunity to improve long-lost habitat for migrating salmon. It could also show the way for habitat enhancements to crumbling infrastructure worldwide. One University of Washington researcher describes the project.
Puget Sound Institute Research Scientist Tessa Francis is the lead author on a new paper in PLOS One describing changes in Lake Washington plankton communities from 1962 to 1994. Continue reading
Announcement reprinted from Resources for Sustainable Communities
Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Forum: A Report to the Community
Saturday, October 25th
9:30am – 3:00 0pm
Bellingham Technical College (map)
Building G, Room 102A/103B
Attend this Forum to learn about the risks posed to the Salish Sea by projected increases in vessel and rail transportation, and learn about Cherry Point herring and their role in the ecosystem. Sessions include experts speaking on Vessel and Railway Risk Assessment, Cherry Point as an Aquatic Reserve, and Forage Fish and Cherry Point herring. The forum is sponsored by the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee. Learn more about the committee here.
The Puget Sound Science Panel will discuss the state of effectiveness monitoring in Puget Sound at its October 16th meeting in Edmonds. Also on the agenda are updates to new biophysical and human wellbeing indicators of Puget Sound health.
The meeting will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Center Conference Room
at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. The meeting is immediately followed by the science panel’s speaker series from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. Edmonds Community College. Puget Sound Institute Director Joel Baker will give a talk about the global impacts of microplastics. He will be followed by NOAA Fisheries Science and Research Director John Stein, who will looks at some of the ways that science informs fisheries policy.
The latest issue of Salish Sea Currents reports that some of the greatest dangers to Puget Sound come from our common, everyday activities. These pervasive sources of pollution are so woven into our lives that they are almost invisible to us, but it’s becoming impossible to ignore their effects.
The Puget Sound Partnership announced today that it is accepting applications for appointment to the Puget Sound Science Panel. The terms of four panel members expire in November. Applications are due by 4:00 PM on October 27th.
Update: The application process is now closed.
The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound at the University of Washington is seeking a part-time (~8 hours/week) Editorial Assistant. The position is available now, through December 2014 and possibly beyond. Special consideration will be given to individuals with science writing experience. Continue reading
Traditionally, salmon restoration has focused heavily on spawning habitat in streams and rivers, but scientists say that may no longer be enough. New research presented at the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference suggests that conserving and increasing high-quality habitat for juvenile salmon could be just as vital. Read the article by Emily Davis in the Salish Sea Currents series.
The Puget Sound Partnership’s Leadership Council meets on September 11th and 12th to vote on current science priorities for Puget Sound recovery. Items under consideration include the 2014-2016 Biennial Science Work Plan, prepared by the Puget Sound Institute’s Nick Georgiadis in cooperation with the Puget Sound Partnership and the Puget Sound Science Panel. The plan identifies potential focus areas for scientific research that may guide regional recovery efforts. The council will also vote on new funding measures and the addition of several “Near Term Actions” outlining goals and priorities for the Puget Sound Partnership.
The meeting will be held at the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Read the full agenda at: www.psp.wa.gov/LC_meetings.php.
Scientists say Puget Sound’s salmon are dying young and point to low growth rates in the marine environment as a possible cause. A new article in the Salish Sea Currents series examines threats facing young salmon in the open waters of Puget Sound.