Marine and Coastal Science

The Pacific Northwest’s rivers are more than just conduits of fresh water to the region’s sounds, bays, and ocean – they drain glacial runoff from some of the nation’s tallest peaks, provide power to millions of residents, and are linked indelibly to everything from salmon to the eagles and…

Out of five National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Hollings Scholarships awarded to students in Washington state this year, three were given to Western Washington University students.

Dexter Davis of Seattle, Spencer Johnson of Olympia, and Vail Dark of Boise, Idaho were…

Bobbie Buzzell, a first-year graduate student at Western Washington University, has been awarded a prestigious Washington Sea Grant Communications Fellowship for 2019-2020.

Washington Sea Grant offers two Science Communications Fellowships, one for undergraduates and one for graduates…

An increase in acidity has shown to hurt some shellfish species, such as those found in Whatcom County, according to Brooke Love, who holds a doctorate in chemical oceanography and is an associate professor at Western Washington University.

“If you like to eat seafood, as many of us do…

Western Washington University Professor of Environmental Science Wayne Landis, director of the university’s Institute for Environmental Toxicology, has secured a $320,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to help scientists better understand the threat posed by plastics to aquatic life…

But exactly how orcas go about foraging for their dwindling food source has long been a mystery. Without fully appreciating what enables them to hunt effectively, scientists say we may miss opportunities for effective solutions. 

“By missing the complete picture, we fail to make…

The pinto abalone once ranged in large numbers from Alaska to Baja California, but overfishing, poaching and other factors have caused them to become functionally extinct in the Salish Sea; according to figures from the Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, the species has experienced a 98…

Western Washington University Marine Scientist Kathy Van Alstyne of the university’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) has received a $151,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase new instrumentation for measuring the physical and chemical properties of seawater that are so…

Brian Bingham has been named as director of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Western Washington University.

Bingham, who was selected following a national search, will begin his new duties on July 1, 2019. He has served as interim director at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) in…

Director of Marine and Coastal Sciences Campus Interviews

Provost Carbajal is pleased to announce that the Director of Marine and Coastal Sciences Search Committee has concluded its review and evaluation of the applications and has selected three strongly qualified candidates to invite…

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