Our region has one of the most diverse kelp communities in the world, with twenty-three species found locally. While there are over 600 species of marine algae, kelp play a disproportionate role in Washington’s marine ecosystem.
The first part of the course will provide an overview of kelp ecology, stressors and restoration.
The second part of the course will be focused on identification of local species using photographs, keys, herbarium sheets and other resources.
You will come away with a greater understanding of the connectivity of the marine ecosystem and the role kelp play in it.