16 news posts from September 2016

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Welcome to the College’s newest faculty members (2016-2017)

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Eight outstanding new faculty members with a wide range of experiences and expertise have recently started or will soon start at UW’s College of the Environment. The College community—its undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff—will benefit immensely from their contributions during the 2016-2017 academic year and beyond. The College’s impressive group of scientists and researchers now includes: Beth Gardner, assistant professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Sunny Jardine, assistant professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs Van Kane, research assistant professor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Phil Levin, professor of practice, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences Alexis Licht, assistant professor, Earth and Space Sciences Jackie Padilla-Gamino, assistant professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Luke Tornabene, assistant professor and curator of fishes, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Chelsea Wood, assistant professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Jodi Young, assistant professor, School of Oceanography/Future of Ice Welcome to all! 

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NSF award to launch citizen science initiative across Pacific Rim

Project collaborator Marco Hatch (center, pointing) works with native students to instrument mudflats of Puget Sound for environmental data collection.

What if every coastal community along the entire Pacific Rim were involved in monitoring their local marine environment, and all of that data were brought together in one place? Imagine, for example, if residents in Long Beach, Washington, could submit information about seabirds they observe, then look up bird data from another coastal community in southeast Alaska to compare notes. Think about the possibilities if new data were combined with traditional knowledge to bound climate impacts, or if local knowledge contributed to oceanography. 

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10 UW Environment stories you may have missed over the summer

Journal pages list all the species of plants the UW Environmental Studies class has seen by the penultimate day of their backpacking trip in the Olympic National Park backcountry. Here, the group takes a break at Grand Pass.

At the conclusion of a long and arduous academic year, many students look forward to the rest and relaxation that comes with summertime. But while many are enjoying the glorious downtime of a few months without classes, others — faculty, undergrads, graduate students and postdocs — are in the field and in labs pushing their research forward. The summer of 2016 was no different. 

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Missing fish catch data? Not necessarily a problem, new study says

Recording how many fish are caught is one important requirement to measure the well-being of a fish stock — if scientists know the number of fish taken from the ocean, they can adjust management of that fishery to keep it from being overfished. Missing catch data, however, are rampant, causing concern that fisheries around the world are overfished. A new study by University of Washington scientists finds that in many cases, this isn’t true. 

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