Marine Biology

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Can a Salish Sea snail return from the brink of extinction? Whatcom scientists, tribe hope so

A marine snail on the brink of extinction is getting help from Whatcom researchers and the Lummi Nation as Washington expands restoration efforts for the pinto abalone. The pinto abalone is the only abalone species native to Washington waters, contributing to healthy kelp forests that support a…

Western Students Dive Deep for Answers on Gulf of Mexico Research Cruise  2020-07-31
Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center receives National Science Foundation grant to buy new laboratory equipment  2020-07-14
Learning how endangered orcas hunt could be the key to saving them

But exactly how orcas go about foraging for their dwindling food source has long been a mystery. Without fully appreciating what enables them to hunt effectively, scientists say we may miss opportunities for effective solutions. 

“By missing the complete picture, we fail to make…

Grad Student Explores Sea Star Wasting Disease 2018-11-14
Scholar's Corner: Megan Russell 2018-11-01
Scholar’s Corner: Darby Finnegan 2018-05-04
Researchers document eelgrass wasting disease in Skagit, San Juan counties

While continuing to collect data from those 11 research sites — now as part of a partnership with Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes — Eisenlord has seen signs of eelgrass wasting increase and decrease at different locations.

'The People Who Count Fish:' One student's summer on Kodiak Island 2017-10-11
Audubon society gives conservation scholarships

BREE DAIGNEAULT, also a Coupeville High School graduate, is enrolled in marine biology and the honors in Distinguished Marine Scholars program at Western Washington University, with an emphasis on public relations/communications. Her high school…

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