The science of decision support at PSI

The complex nature of ecosystem recovery in Puget Sound means that scientists and policymakers are often faced with tough decisions. Given finite resources and widespread need, where should they best focus their efforts?

Dr. Bill LabiosaBeginning this summer, Dr. Bill Labiosa will serve as a visiting scholar at the Puget Sound Institute to help develop decision science planning tools. Labiosa is currently a research scientist with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center and has a background in environmental engineering and decision analysis. He is also Vice Chair of the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel. Continue reading


Preview: the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound

Encyclopedia of Puget Sound logoCheck out a preview of the Puget Sound Institute’s forthcoming Encyclopedia of Puget Sound at the University of Washington Water Symposium this Wednesday, April 18th. Members of the PSI will be available to answer questions and show screenshots of our latest page designs. We’ll also be asking for your feedback. Send us an email, or visit our information table at the symposium at the Center for Urban Horticulture on the UW Seattle campus. Continue reading


Puget Sound Voices: Art Kruckeberg

Art Kruckeberg. Photo courtesy Kruckeberg Botanical Garden.

Dr. Arthur Kruckeberg, Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Washington, has seen more than sixty years of science in the Puget Sound region. Since taking a position at the UW in 1950, Kruckeberg taught and influenced generations of Puget Sound area biologists (he retired from teaching in 1989) and has written six books on regional flora in Washington and California. The Natural History of Puget Sound Country is one of his most comprehensive works, and received a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award after its publication in 1991. The book lingers on timeless images of the Sound and devotes careful attention to the continuity of its many ecosystems, reflecting a deep appreciation for the beauty and intricate nature of the local landscape.

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UW Water Symposium this week

2012 University of Washington Water Symposium

The Center for Urban Waters and the Puget Sound Institute host the 2012 University of Washington Water Symposium this Wednesday, April 18th. The symposium will be held on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus at the Center for Urban Horticulture, and includes speakers and poster presentations on a variety of topics relevant to watershed science. Key subjects include riverine systems in marine and estuarine areas, the value of heterogeneity in freshwater environments, and the relationship between land use and water.

Lead speakers include Parker MacCready (UW School of Oceanography), Daniel Schindler (UW SAFS), Robert L. Edmonds (UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences), along with more than a dozen other scientists studying marine and aquatic environments around the world. Visit the symposium website to view the full schedule and the latest updates. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Where and when:

Wednesday, April 18
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture
University of Washington, Seattle


View the web archive from the 2011 Symposium.

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