The Puget Sound Partnership has appointed three new members to its advisory Science Panel.
The new panel members include Barbara Bentley, a former academic and now President and CEO of Noetica Naturalists; Robert Ewing, Director of Timberlands Strategic Planning for Weyerhaeuser; and Eric Strecker, Principal Water Resources Engineer and Fisheries Biologist with Geosyntec Consultants.
Four current members of the Science Panel were re-appointed, including Wayne Landis, Timothy Quinn, John Stark and Trina Wellman.
View the press release from the Puget Sound Partnership.
Olympia oysters. Photo: VIUDeepBay (CC BY 2.0) https://www.flickr.com/photos/viucsr/5778358466
The shellfish industry is a cornerstone of the Puget Sound economy, but the region’s famed mollusks provide more than just money and jobs. They offer what are called ecosystem services—a wide variety of benefits that humans derive from an ecosystem.
Read Eric Wagner’s story in today’s Salish Sea Currents.
The Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council has adopted the 2014-16 Biennial Science Work Plan, a technical document identifying and recommending priority science for Puget Sound recovery. Nick Georgiadis of the Puget Sound Institute led the drafting of the document in cooperation with the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel.
Download the full document.
The new EPA cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish Waterway seeks to remove 90% of the river’s pollution over a period of 17 years. The EPA issued the following press release today. Continue reading
Aerial photo of Hansen Creek restoration site in Skagit County, WA. October 15, 2010. Photo: Kari Neumeyer/NWIFC
Every year, winter rains bring the threat of millions of dollars in property damage, or even the loss of life, from floods. Rivers have historically been channeled and tamed to protect towns and farms in low-lying floodplains, but research shows that this approach may actually be making flooding worse while at the same time threatening Puget Sound’s salmon. At Hansen Creek in the Skagit Valley, scientists say nature is the best engineer. Read Eric Wagner’s story in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound’s Salish Sea Currents series.
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
Juvenile salmon at the Seattle Aquarium. Photo: kamikaze.spoon https://www.flickr.com/photos/kamikazespoon/264239056
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.
Read more about the Seattle seawall in Salish Sea Currents.
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
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.
Download the meeting agenda and related documents.