iPOC Students Participating in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Graduate Student Symposium

2013gssposter-8-5x11On Thursday November 21st, the 24th annual School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Graduate Student Symposium will commence at the UW.  Two iPOC students, Donna Hauser and Merrill Rudd, will be participating in the symposium.  In the first session that is focused on numbers and models, Rudd is giving a presentation titled “Stock assessment of coral reef fisheries in the U.S. west Pacific islands.”  Hauser’s presentation titled “Population-specific migration timing and space use of two Pacific Arctic beluga whale (Delphinaterus leucas) populations” will be presented during the second session that is focused on climates and changes.  Abstracts and a schedule for this event can be found at: http://safsgss.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/2013-gss-program.pdf.

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Lecture and Lunch with Ms. Fran Ulmer

image002Ms. Fran Ulmer is the current Chair of the U.S. Artic Research Commission visited the University of Washington’s Seattle Campus Monday October 28th to give a talk on “The Emerging Arctic: Are We Ready?”  Ulmer gave an overview about the environmental change in the Arctic and image001areas of opportunity for research.  Following the event a short lunch reception occurred where graduate students were able to converse with Ms. Ulmer.  To the right are some iPOC trainees with Ms. Fran Ulmer, Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission.

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UW to lead new Center on Ocean Acidification

In a first-of-its-kind move, the Washington state legislature has provided the UW with $1.82 million and tasked it with creating a center for coordinating research on ocean acidification and its effects on local biology, according to an article published last week in UW Today. The Center on Ocean Acidification will work with other agencies and universities to respond to  a set of actions recommended by the legislature.

The center will be co-directed by Jan Newton, of the Applied Physics Lab, Terrie Klinger of the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.  The two bring together leadership and expertise, including Newton’s role as Executive Director of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS, http://www.nanoos.org/about_nanoos/intro.php), and Klinger’s role as director of the IGERT Program on Ocean Change at the University of Washington(depts.washington.edu/igertpoc/).   The IGERT provides traineeship opportunities for doctoral students from all disciplines who are pursuing research in interdisciplinary issues related to ocean change.

For more information on the center, and Washington state’s interest in addressing ocean acidification, read the article in UW Today (08/08/2013).

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Awesome video (and poster) submitted by Cohort 2 representatives to the NSF IGERT poster and video contest!

As representatives of the IGERT POC, Cohort 2 students Ashley Maloney, Andrea Fassbender, Seth Bushinsky, and Emily Newson  put together a short video and a poster for the 2013 NSF IGERT poster and video contest on their work to understand how environmental science influences public policy. In the future, the IGERT students will serve as a resource for the Marin Resources Advisory Council and the Executive Work Group on Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

You can learn more about their video, and look over their poster at the following link:  http://posterhall.org/igert2013/posters/394.

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Announcing the 2013-2014 IGERT Fellows: iPOC Cohort 3

The UW IGERT Program on Ocean Change is proud to announce its 2013 Fellows. Fellows were selected from an impressive group of highly qualified applicants. Many thanks to the selection committee for their thoughtful review of applications.

Congratulations and warm welcome to:

Pamela Barrett, Oceanography. Advisor: Joe Resing

Kate Crosman, Evans School. Advisor: Craig Thomas

Megan Gambs, Oceanography. Advisor: LuAnne Thompson

Steve Po-Chedley, Atmospheric Sciences. Advisor: Quang Fu

Eleni Petrou, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Advisor: Lorenz Hauser

Merrill Rudd, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Advisors: Trevor Branch, Ray Hilborn

Hally Stone, Oceanography. Advisor: Neil Banas

Michael Tillotson, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Advisor: Tom Quinn


These students will form the Program’s third interdisciplinary cohort and will join the Program’s prior awardees in pursuing integrative approaches to the study of ocean change.

We look forward to a productive and exciting year ahead!

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Online Resource for Science Educators: Scitable

Scitable is a free online teaching/learning portal combining high quality educational articles with technology-based community features to fuel a global exchange of scientific insights, teaching practices, and study resources. Scitable currently contains scientist-authored educational articles in the fields of genetics, cell biology and ecology, and is intended for undergraduate faculty and students. Short eBooks on basic science as well as scientific communication and careers help readers connect across disciplines and imagine a future of science participation. Scitable’s blog and forum network features a community of both students and professors connecting readers to science news topics, videos and podcasts.


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Mussels lose their grip in higher ocean temperatures

Work by IGERT faculty member Emily Carrington (Biology) and IGERT Cohort 2 fellow Laura Newcomb on how environmental factors effect how mussels


IGERT faculty member Emily Carrington (Biology) and IGERT Fellow Laura Newcomb mentioned in this UW News article.

Their work on how environmental factors effect mussel “fall-off” rates is reported on.

Their research at the Friday Harbor Labs shows that in higher ocean temperatures the strength of their byssal threads- the incredibly strong fibrous threads with which mussels attach themselves to their environment weakens significantly. Read the full article at the following link:


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UW faculty and senior undergraduates launch ocean acidification mesocosm experiment at Friday Harbor Labs

The Ocean Acidification Research Apprenticeship course (OCN 492), lead by Dr. Jim Murray (UW Oceanography) have begun their series of mesocosm experiments at the UW’s Friday Harbor Labs. The students have been maintaining a blog about their science efforts, accessible here: http://oceanacidificationfhl.wordpress.com/.

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17th Northwest Student Chapter Meeting for the Society for Marine Mammology

The 2013 Annual Meeting of NWSSMM will take place at the University of Washington on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

Registration and abstract submission for the event is now open! All are welcome to attend.

Please contact Juliana Houghton (stephj5@uw.edu) or Donna Hauser (dhauser@uw.edu) with any questions.

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SAFS 2013 Graduate Student Invited Speaker: Dr. Peter Kareiva, “Can environmental services make corporations conservationists? Models & experiences”

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School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
2013 Graduate Student Invited Speaker:

Dr. Peter Kareiva
Chief Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Can environmental services make corporations conservationists? Models & experiences

Thursday, May 9, 2013
4 PM, Fisheries Sciences (FSH) 102

A reception will follow the event. Contact Beth (emp11@uw.edu) for an opportunity to meet with Dr. Kareiva during his visit.

Website: http://fish.washington.edu/seminars/InvitedSpeaker/index.html
About the SAFS Graduate Student Invited Speaker Series:
The Graduate Student Invited Speaker event provides an exciting opportunity for SAFS graduate students to nominate and select a speaker to give a presentation in the school’s spring seminar series. The event was proposed by graduate students in 2007 as a way to contribute to and shape perspectives brought to the school via the seminar series. We seek experts in the fields of ecology, resource management, and conservation to provide insight into novel, constructive approaches to practical problems in aquatic and fishery sciences. Given the diversity of research conducted at SAFS, we are interested in the selected speaker addressing issues and challenges that resonate with the entire SAFS community. Additionally, we hope to be exposed to new tools and intellectual approaches that complement the diversity of methodologies in our department.

Each spring, graduate students are asked to nominate individuals they believe would provide a meaningful visit based on the above guidelines. A vote is held among the graduate students and the winning speaker is invited for the following spring. The event is spear-headed by several graduate students who work over the course of the year to organize the seminar, meetings with graduate students and faculty, and several social events.

This event is sponsored by the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
2013 Graduate Student Invited Speaker Seminar committee
Emily Davis, Beth Phillips, Aaron David, Donna Hauser

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