You might call it the science of happiness, and some say it is a key to Puget Sound recovery.
Dr. Kelly Biedenweg has been appointed Lead Social Scientist at the Puget Sound Institute, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Puget Sound Partnership. As part of her role at the Institute, she will develop critical social science to support recovery of the Puget Sound, immediately focusing on the development and testing of Quality of Life (HWB) indicators. “I am extremely pleased that Kelly decided to base her research program at the UW Puget Sound Institute,” said Institute Director Joel Baker.” The Puget Sound restoration effort will benefit […]
The Puget Sound Instititute and the Center for Urban Waters welcome seven student interns this summer. This is the third year for our internship program, which offers students and recent graduates the chance to work with post-doctoral, and professional scientists on a range of research projects— from field sampling and lab work to multimedia production for the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. Interns this year hail from the University of Washington Tacoma, Brown University, Reed College and Whitman College, and we are excited to work with this talented group.
The South Puget Sound area was once the site of thriving prairie and oak savannas, but these native grasslands are now “among the most endangered ecological communities in North America,” according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Less than 8% of this habitat still remains (with only about 2-3% still dominated by native plants), and as it disappears, so do the species that depend on it. Among these are the threatened Mazama Pocket Gopher.
Floodplains are considered a critical vital sign of Puget Sound recovery by the Puget Sound Partnership. Yet according to the agency, “there is currently no agreed-upon definition of a floodplain,” and much remains to be understood about the social and ecological implications of their protection and management. A June 6th workshop at the Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma explored the state of the science of floodplains in the region. Approximately 60 people attended the workshop, which was organized by the Puget Sound Partnership, the Puget Sound Institute and the Puget Sound Science […]