8 news posts from July 2021

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New 3D images of shark intestines show they function like Nikola Tesla’s valve

Two live Pacific spiny dogfish sharks.

Contrary to what popular media portrays, we actually don’t know much about what sharks eat. Even less is known about how they digest their food, and the role they play in the larger ocean ecosystem. For more than a century, researchers have relied on flat sketches of sharks’ digestive systems to discern how they function — and how what they eat and excrete impacts other species in the ocean. 

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Citizen scientists and the fight against the Asian giant hornet

WSDA eradicates a nest

Hornets the size of golf balls may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, but unfortunately as one Marysville, Washington resident learned, they are real and living right here in western Washington. On June 4, the first Asian giant hornet of 2021 was reported to officials in Snohomish County. The sighting was the farthest south this invasive species has been reported since it was first discovered in 2019 in British Columbia. 

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New leadership for UW Botanic Gardens announced

Christina Owen and Josh Lawler.

The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) is proud to announce the appointment of two new leaders for the research, education and outreach programs of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG). The UWBG includes the programs and facilities of the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Washington Park Arboretum, the latter of which is in partnership with City of Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Arboretum Foundation. 

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Two UW Environment researchers elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for 2021

Two scientists at the College of the Environment are among the 38 new members elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for 2021, according to a July 15 announcement. New members were chosen for “their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement, and their willingness to work on behalf of the Academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington.” 

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Microtrash is a macro-problem

perspn picking up trash on beach

The sun is shining and the wind is keeping you cool as you relax on Lake Washington — ahhh, summer is finally here! The sand moves through your toes as you soak up the warm weather when that all too familiar experience jars you out of your summer lullaby… a cigarette butt, stuck in your toes where the sand should be cascading through. 

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