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PSI eNewsletter - Published by the UW Center for Urban Waters June 2012 Issue

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Upcoming event

UW Water Symposium this week

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. [More]

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Preview: the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound

Check 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. [More]


The science of decision support at PSI

The complex nature of ecosystem recovery efforts 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?

Beginning this summer, Dr. Bill Labiosa will serve as a visiting scholar at the Puget Sound Institute to help develop decision science planning tools for use in Puget Sound ecosystem recovery efforts. As part of a 15-month inter-agency agreement with USGS and the Puget Sound Partnership, Labiosa will work with a PSI post-doctoral fellow to assist the Partnership with the development of its adaptive management framework, and to increase the Partnership’s capacity for using decision science 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. [More]

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Recent papers

Food web dynamics

Two recent papers by Puget Sound researchers, including one co-authored by a Puget Sound Institute scientist, highlight some of the tools being used to describe food-web dynamics in marine communities. [More]

Puget Sound Partnership science news

PSP finalizes Biennial Science Work Plan

The Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel has finalized its Biennial Science Work Plan for 2011-2013, and will present the document to the Leadership Council for approval on April 26th. [More]

Puget Sound Voices

Dr. Art Kruckeberg

Puget Sound Voices: Art Kruckeberg

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 has 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. [More]

About us

The Puget Sound Institute is:

  • Joel Baker, Director
  • Kim Davenport, Administrator
  • Tessa Francis, Research Scientist
  • Michelle Hartman, Office Assistant
  • Andy James, Research Scientist
  • Jeff Rice, Managing Editor
  • Kari Stiles, Research Scientist
  • Kris Symer, Web Architect

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  • Amelia Apfel, Editorial Assistant
  • Jacob Moore, GIS Assistant
  • Julianne Ruffner, Editorial Assistant

Center for Urban Waters research group:

  • Kurt Marx, Emerging Technology Coordinator
  • Justin P. Miller-Schulze, Post-Doctoral Researcher