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Click on a class or speaker below to learn more about the presentations offered on Saturday, February 4, 2023.
*All speakers, panelists, and conference topics, as well as the order of events, are subject to change at any time.
8:30 – 8:45 AM- Welcome and Announcements
8:45 – 9:45 AM- Morning Keynote
KeynoteKeynote: Restoring the Salish Sea: Science, Action, and Resiliency
Join Dr. Joe Gaydos Science Director of the SeaDoc Society and Wildlife Veterinarian.
9:45 – 10:00 AM – Break & Exhibits
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Salish Sea SciencesSea Cucumbers: Rotting and Regenerating Zombies of the Sea
This presentation will describe the current ecological, physiological, and molecular research Jim Nestler and his students are conducting on these seemingly “simple” sea cucumbers in …
Changing EnvironmentOiled Wildlife Response in Washington
This presentation covers the elementary basics of how Federal, State, and Local agencies respond to oil spills.
Life and Resilience: From Forests to Feathered FriendsTale of Two Seabirds: Marbled Murrelets and Pigeon Guillemots
A Tale of Two Seabirds: Marbled Murrelets and Pigeon Guillemots Every seabird needs a scribe to tell its fascinating life history. How do we find …
11:00 – 11:15 AM – Break & Exhibits
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Life and Resilience: From Forests to Feathered FriendsMoving the Target: Forest Management in a Changing Climate
Explore the primary effects of climate change on tree species and forest ecosystems in western Washington, then discuss management actions that can increase long-term resilience.
Changing EnvironmentSalish Sea Successes: Examples of Marine Mammal Recovery
Salish Sea\’s greatest marine mammal recovery stories, animals who were once trapped, hunted, and persecuted but have since rebounded throughout Washington and British Columbia.
Salish Sea SciencesDock Fouling & Nudibranchs in the Urban Wilderness
Floating docks are an intriguing hub for marine organisms and provide an accessible window into local marine life. Nudibranchs are commonly found on the side …
12:15 – 1:00 PM – Break for Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM- Afternoon Keynote
KeynoteAfternoon Keynote: We Are Puget Sound- Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea
A campaign, book, and multimedia touring exhibit amplifying the voices and actions needed to protect and restore Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.
2:00 – 2:15 pm Break & Exhibits
2:15 – 3:15 PM
Life and Resilience: From Forests to Feathered FriendsCOASST: Seabirds, Marine Debris, and Citizen Science
Hands-on citizen science offers an opportunity to collect environmental data over stretches of space and time that no research lab could hope to attain on …
Changing EnvironmentHealth and Resilience of Pacific Madrone, an Iconic Shoreline Tree
Learn about one of our favorite Pacific Northwest trees, the Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii).
Salish Sea SciencesMicroplastics Around Us
Microplastics are ubiquitous in our environment and living in the PNW, we encounter them in unexpected places.
Dr. Joe GaydosScience Director, Sea Doc Society
Dr. Joe Gaydos, Science Director of SeaDoc Society will be Keynote for Sound Waters University February 4, 2023!Learn More Dr. Joe Gaydos
Mindy RobertsPuget Sound Campaign Manager, Washington Environmental Council
Critically endangered orcas and salmon have shown us in recent years that in the face of pollution, population growth, and climate change, it will take …Learn More Mindy Roberts
Dr. Lyda HarrisEnvironmental sustainability and conservation scientist, Boeing
Dr. Lyda Harris has over 10 years of experience in marine pollution, data science, zero waste, and public policy and will present at Sound Waters University …Learn More Dr. Lyda Harris
Luan RobertsNudibranch enthusiast with a master of arts in biology
Luann Roberts will present at Sound Waters University 2023 on Sea Slugs of the Salish Sea (Nudibranchs).Learn More Luan Roberts
Dr. Julia ParrishFounder of COASST
Dr. Julia Parrish is a Sound Water Stewards partner, and founder of COASST. She will present at sound Waters University on Saturday February 4, 2023 on how …Learn More Dr. Julia Parrish
Don NovielloOil Spill Planning and Response Specialist, WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife
Donald T. Noviello is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oil Spill Team specializing in oil spill …Learn More Don Noviello
Maria Mudd RuthAuthor
Maria Mudd will present on Marbled Murrelets at Sound Waters University on Saturday February 4, 2023.Learn More Maria Mudd Ruth
Dr. Jim NestlerProfessor of Biology, Walla Walla University
Professor Nestler\’s research primarily focuses on the study of sea cucumbers.Learn More Dr. Jim Nestler
Erin GlessExecutive Director, Pacific Whale Watch Association
Erin Gless is the Executive Director of the Pacific Whale Watch Association. She holds a BS in Biology with Marine Emphasis from Western Washington University …Learn More Erin Gless
Marianne ElliottPlant Pathology Research Associate, WSU Puyallup
Marianne Elliott is a Research Associate in Plant Pathology at Washington State University, Puyallup Research & Extension Center and co-founder of ArbutusARME.Learn More Marianne Elliott
Michael YadrickPlant Ecologist, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Michael Yadrick is a Plant Ecologist with Seattle Parks and Recreation and he works for the Green Seattle Partnership team.Learn More Michael Yadrick