Klinger & Newton named as Co-Directors of new Ocean Acidification Center

Congratulations to SMEA Prof. Terrie Klinger and Affiliate Prof. Jan Newton, recently named as the Co-Directors of the new Washington Ocean Acidification Center housed in the College of the Environment and funded by the Washington State Legislature with $1.8M for the FY13-15 biennium.  Both Drs. Klinger and Newton played major roles on the Washington State Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification and have deep knowledge about this threat to Washington's waters and its many potential impacts on our marine resources, livelihoods, recreation, and people. The Center will coordinate scientific research and monitoring of ocean acidification to better predict the future impact of ocean acidification in Washington and suggest actions for both mitigating and adapting to these changes. This work by Klinger and Newton and their colleagues is yet another example of how SMEA's professors are leaders in merging science and policy to effect positive results on marine ecosystems and human lives. For more details, please read an excellent article on the UW Today site here and on the Washington State Department of Ecology's web site here.