A catalyst for ecosystem recovery

The University of Washington Puget Sound Institute provides analysis, research and communication to inform and connect the science of ecosystem protection.

The big picture: Our comprehensive approach

Ecosystem management in Puget Sound has become increasingly complex. Scientists now recognize that what happens on the land is intricately tied to the health of the water. We face climate change and unprecedented population growth, and researchers have identified thousands of different human-caused pressures on the ecosystem. Given limited resources, how can managers and policymakers make informed decisions about where to focus their recovery efforts?

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The Puget Sound Institute provides expertise across three major areas:

1. Science for policy

Technical assistance to resource managers and policymakers
PSI and our partners receive major funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to support and enhance new strategies for improving the health of Puget Sound.

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United States Environmental Protection Agency

Puget Sound Partnership

human wellbeing indicator wheel
The human wellbeing indicator wheel was developed to provide a social science perspective on ecosystem management.

2. Research

Scientific studies
Our expertise is strongly grounded in original research. Since 2010, PSI scientists along with our collaborators at the Center for Urban Waters have published on a range of topics, including the ecology of forage fish, stormwater, microplastics, social science and emerging contaminants.

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3. Communication

Trusted, decision-critical information
We bring together scientific findings from around the region through synthesis, study panels, technical peer-reviews and publications such as the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound and Salish Sea Currents.

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A collection of Salish Sea Currents printed flyers.
Salish Sea Currents stories are published online in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound and also printed as annual booklets and flyers.

 


Recent blog posts

An image from "Salish Sea Wild." Video courtesy of the SeaDoc Society.

Video series features science and adventure in the Salish Sea

June 10, 2019
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A new video series follows local scientists into the water, capturing the adventure behind the research. “Salish Sea Wild” is entering its second season and…

A still from Engineering With Nature. Associate Professor Ed Kolodziej, at right, is interviewed by Katherine Lynch of Seattle Public Utilities.

Kolodziej, Peter Featured in SIFF Documentary on Seattle’s Thornton Creek

June 4, 2019
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A new documentary featuring PSI collaborators Ed Kolodziej and Kathy Peter was selected to premiere at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) on Saturday,…

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Story map details efforts to stop green crabs in Puget Sound

May 31, 2019
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Researchers have been on high alert since the 2016 discovery of the invasive European green crab in Puget Sound. So far, monitoring teams have found…

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“Young herring ‘go with the older fish’ a key finding in Ocean Modeling Forum’s efforts

May 30, 2019
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Puget Sound Institute lead ecosystem ecologist Tessa Francis was quoted in a recent article in UW News. From UWT News Service: “Young herring ‘go with…

A researcher gathers data at a herring spawning site in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

How did science fare in this year’s legislature?

May 24, 2019
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By Jeff Rice There is no such thing as a general “science budget” for the state of Washington, but scientific research is meant to inform…

Puget Sound 'Day on the Hill' promotional image courtesy of the Puget Sound Partnership

Puget Sound advocates take their message to Congress

May 22, 2019
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Delegates stressed the need for a federal partnership with state and local governments to save salmon, orcas and Native American culture. Puget Sound Institute senior…

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