Dec 2012 Issue
eNews - Puget Sound Institute - University of Washington Tacoma

Happy Holidays from the Puget Sound Institute! Here's a quick look at what's happening around the Institute as we wrap up a busy year. We wish you a productive and prosperous 2013.


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Featured news

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Encyclopedia of Puget Sound forms editorial board

The Puget Sound Institute is pleased to announce the formation of a nine-member editorial board to guide the recently launched Encyclopedia of Puget Sound ( The board first convened on October 24th at a reception and workshop on the University of Washington Seattle campus, and includes prominent authorities from agencies, academic institutions and other organizations working in Puget Sound. [More]

Communities see need for national dialogue on working waterfronts and waterways

Puget Sound Institute Visiting Scholar Nicole Faghin writes that by 2050, the United States will likely exceed 400 million people, more than half of whom "are projected to be living in coastal counties." In this article, Faghin looks ahead to next March's National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium in Tacoma, and discusses some of the issues that face our increasingly urban coastlines and waterways. [More]

The calculus of forage fish: an interview with Marc Mangel

photo of Dr. Mark MangelOne of the first things that many budding ecologists learn, often to their chagrin, is that they probably should have paid more attention in math. Of all the biological sciences, ecology may be the most fundamentally rooted in numbers. Not only is it the study of distribution and abundance—where and how many?—but it also tells you how systems and organisms connect and interact, and how they change over time. For more than 30 years, Dr. Marc Mangel has been a leader in this sort of quantitative ecological research as a Distinguished Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at UC Santa Cruz. He is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Puget Sound Institute, where he is applying mathematical principles to the population dynamics of Puget Sound forage fish and other species. We spoke with him about some of his work. [More]

Recent reports

Giant kelp

Sweetening the waters

Did you know? Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is one of the fastest growing organisms on earth. Cultivating kelp and other algae could help offset ocean acidification. Read the Governor's recent Blue Ribbon Panel Report on Ocean Acidification, which was released on November 27th. [More]

PSP's State of the Sound report now available

As we round out the year, check out "the current status of the ecosystem," in the Puget Sound Partnership's 2012 State of the Sound report. Download the 2012 State of the Sound report.

2012 State of the Sound report cover

EoPS features recent papers and reports

You can now keep track of the latest Salish Sea research with the help of Google Scholar and the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. Papers and reports of interest to the Puget Sound science community are pulled from Google Scholar and other sources, and are added to the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound based on geographic relevance and subject matter. View recent papers by month of publication, and let us know if you would like us to add papers that are not yet mentioned in the list.

Upcoming events

Save the date: 2013 UW Water Symposium

The Center for Urban Waters and the Puget Sound Institute are pleased to announce that the 2013 University of Washington Water Symposium is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at the Husky Union Building on the UW, Seattle campus. The symposium brings together scientists and engineers to present and discuss water-related research for Washington and beyond. To read more about the event, or view past proceedings, visit the Water Symposium website.