About the Class
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