Spawning Sunflwoer Sea Star Underwater in Couepville, Washington

Sunflower Sea Stars and Captive Rearing

About the Class

8:45 - 9:45 AM- Morning Keynote
Speaker: Jason Hodin, Keynote
Three sunflower sea stars representing the waters of North Whidbey, South Whidbey, and Camano Island.
Three sunflower sea stars represent the waters of North Whidbey, South Whidbey, and Camano Island.

Are you curious about sea stars? Have you heard of sea star wasting disease? Ignite your curiosity at Sound Waters University with Jason Hodin, a biologist breeding critically endangered sunflower sea stars on San Juan Island at Friday Harbor Laboratories!

Sunflower sea stars are a species having important functions within its ecosystem maintaining a healthy balance by predating upon sea urchins. Without Sunflower sea stars, sea urchin numbers increase and begin feasting on kelp, resulting in the reduction of local and regional biodiversity. See the NOAA Fisheries informational graphic here.

Contact info: Jason Hodin, Senior Research Scientist

Affiliation: UW Friday Harbor Laboratories

About the Speaker

Jason Hodin, Keynote

Jason Hodin of Friday Harbor Labs will present on Sunflower Sea Stars and Captive Rearing.