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SWS Members Meeting

January 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am 12:00 pm

Watch the presentation at the Jan 10, 2022 member meeting

Second Monday each Month via Zoom – zoom link and agenda to be provided via email to Stewards. 

The usual schedule is:
10 am to 10:30: Organizational Announcements
10:30 am: Speaker Presentation
11:30 am: Breakout Rooms for Camano (definitely) and Whidbey (occasionally)

Dr. Kirt Onthank is a Marine Biologist and professor of cephalopodian wonders, in his own words. He is an Associate Professor of Biology at Walla Walla University where his research explores how the physiology of marine invertebrates, especially cephalopods, enables these animals to survive in their environment and how it influences their interactions with other organisms.

He is particularly interested in how cephalopods’ physiology, which is similar to that of slugs, snails and clams, has enabled this group of marine invertebrates to be active, mobile predators that compete with vertebrates. He is also interested in adaptations, behavioral and physiological to dynamic, changing environments, such as hydrothermal vents (Walla Walla University, 2021).

His office views from Rosario Beach include the Straits of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountains, Vancouver Island, and the San Juan Islands. If you see glowing lights in the middle of the night in Burrows Bay, don’t be alarmed, it is Dr. Onthank and students diving for the elusive Muusoctopus. Usually found 250-1400 m depth, but discovered by Dr. Onthank and his team in shallower water off Fidalgo Island! 

Whidbey hosts the first meeting of 2022. 

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Business meeting: 10:00 to 10:30 am
*Guest Speaker: 10:30 to 11:30 am: Dr. Kirt Onthank talking about his research
Breakout Rooms for Camano and Whidbey Meetings: 11:30 am

Agenda for Camano SWS. Camano Members will continue discussion of new activities posted on Padlet.

Google Form for Camano Members to prioritize new ideas.

*The public is welcome to attend the Guest Speaker’s presentation so please invite friends and family. 

Muusoctopus photo below by Tabitha Jacobs-Mangiafico

muusoctopus by Tabitha