18 news posts from May 2015

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Annual Sub-Arctic Seas meeting coming to UW, June 15-17

Arctic ice with water between large chunks of ice.

The Ecosystem Studies of Sub-Arctic Seas Program (ESSAS) will hold its 10th Annual Science Meeting in Seattle over three days, beginning June 15. Cosponsored by the College of the Environment, and in coordination with the Future of Ice Initiative, the meeting will feature several speakers who will address topics associated with the ecosystem changes being documented or predicted in the Arctic and sub-Arctic, and the effects those are having on people and economies connected to the region. 

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UW oceanographers shed light on the hidden world of marine microbes

Photo: California Academy of Sciences / Flickr

Tiny marine microbes produce half of Earth’s oxygen, absorb carbon dioxide from the air, and even regulate the productivity of fisheries. Scientists are only beginning to understand the ecology of these microscopic creatures, but discoveries made by researchers at the College of the Environment’s School of Oceanography are informing our understanding of their hidden world. Oceanographer Ginger Armbrust and her team, using genetic and molecular toolsets, recently found that single-celled algae called diatoms grow faster when a hormone released by bacteria is present. 

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Marine predator diets, extinction risk in oceans, the Queen Charlotte fault, and more: Weekly published research, May 25

Ocean Wave

Each week we share the latest peer-reviewed publications coming from the College of the Environment. Over the past week, fourteen new articles co-authored by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science database, including studies of the West Antarctic Ice Shelf, coral evidence of tropical temperatures, lightning and convective systems, and more. Check them out!

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Friday Harbor Labs outreach excites budding scientists

Students and instructors check out a marine worm that lives along Griffin Bay's sandy shores.

It’s a picture-perfect day on the shores of San Juan Island’s Griffin Bay. The sun is blazing, the tide is out, and Debbie Taylor’s sixth grade class is on the prowl, keeping their eyes peeled for mud- and sand-loving ocean critters. Bedecked in rain boots and sneakers caked in wet sand, the students poke and prod in burrows and under seagrasses in search of marine invertebrates. 

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Brian Tracey receives Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award

Brian Tracey

Brian Tracey, a graduate student at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, was recently chosen to receive the College of the Environment’s first-ever Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award. Nearly 30 faculty members, staff, and students from the College were nominated, but Tracey nabbed the top prize for his dedication and leadership in working toward a more diverse and inclusive program, College, and University. 

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