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

Welcome to the Puget Sound Institute's bimonthly newsletter. In this issue, read an eye-opening article by PSI adviser Usha Varanasi about the decline in America's ability to plan for and assess environmental disasters. Look back at the recent Open Standards Summit presented by PSI in collaboration with the Puget Sound Partnership, and read some interesting new papers and findings. We are also excited to announce that a beta version of the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound is now available online at www.eopugetsound.org. Check it out and tell us what you think!

The Puget Sound Institute is a cooperative agreement between the University of Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Puget Sound Partnership, seeking to catalyze rigorous, transparent analysis, synthesis, discussion and dissemination of science in support of the restoration and protection of the Puget Sound ecosystem.


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Featured news

Frontloading the science in anticipation of environmental disasters

A recent paper by Center for Urban Waters Distinguished Scholar in Residence Usha Varanasi discusses the decline in America’s baseline ability to use science to plan for and assess highly likely environmental disasters, such as oil spills. This article first appeared in the May 2012 issue of the journal Fisheries, published by the American Fisheries Society. It is reprinted with permission of Fisheries and the author. Dr. Varanasi is an adviser to the Puget Sound Institute. [More]

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Encyclopedia of Puget Sound now online

A beta version of the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound is now online! Find hundreds of descriptive articles, maps and other media related to Puget Sound ecosystem science at www.eopugetsound.org. Give us your feedback. Tell us what you would like to see on EoPS pages in the future, and find out how you or your organization can become part of the knowledge network.

[Read more at the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound]

Recent events

Open Standards Summit held in Seattle

Earlier this month, the Puget Sound Institute and Puget Sound Partnership brought together conservation practitioners from around the region to share information about the use of Open Standards, CAP and the practice of adaptive management in the Puget Sound region. [More]

Water Symposium roundup

The Center for Urban Waters was pleased to host the 2012 University of Washington Water Symposium on April 18th, at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. The symposium featured more than a dozen speakers on a wide variety of topics related to water issues locally and worldwide. Special congratulations to the symposium’s Best Poster winners Joe Hamman, UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Amy Yahnke, UW College of Forest Resources. [More]

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Recent papers

Recent paper shows unarmored sites in Puget Sound taxa-rich

A recent publication in Estuaries and Coasts investigates the impacts of shoreline armoring along the Duwamish River estuary in Central Puget Sound on salmon diets, invertebrate communities and environmental conditions. [More]


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Puget Sound Institute welcomes Visiting Scholar Nicole Faghin

The Puget Sound Institute is pleased to welcome Nicole Faghin as a Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Center for Urban Waters. Faghin serves as a Coastal Management Specialist at Washington Sea Grant, and will act as a bridge between the two organizations, strengthening and developing potentials for collaboration. She will also coordinate the third National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium in Tacoma scheduled for March 25 – 28, 2013, which is co-sponsored by the Center for Urban Waters. [More]

CUW and PSI welcome summer interns

The Center for Urban Waters welcomes nine interns to kick off the second year of its summer internship program. Internships will include collaborations with several Puget Sound area organizations and programs, including the Puget Sound Institute, the Washington Stormwater Center, the Joint Institute of the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean, and SoundCitizen. Projects will range from mapping and GIS work, to environmental chemistry and research into green building technologies. Interns are either currently enrolled students, or have recently graduated and will earn required college credits, and/or income. [More]


Puget Sound is calling: Download EoPS ringtones

The Encyclopedia of Puget Sound has ringtones! Download free mp3 calls of select Puget Sound species to your smartphone. [More]

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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
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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