Pacific herring are known to lay their eggs on a wide variety of submerged vegetation, from algae to seagrass. A new study in the Marine Ecology Progress Series reports that Puget Sound herring show little preference when it comes to these types of spawning vegetation. The paper, co-authored by Puget Sound Institute Lead Ecologist Tessa Francis, analyzes herring egg loss on five types of vegetation in several herring subpopulations in Puget Sound. Authors include Andrew Shelton, Tessa Francis, Gregory Williams, Blake Feist, Kurt Stick and Phil Levin.
The July 2014 issue of the journal Coastal Management focuses on the role of social sciences in Puget Sound recovery. PSI’s Lead Social Scientist Kelly Biedenweg was co-editor, and authored an article in the issue describing the development of Puget Sound human wellbeing indicators. Issue now available.
The U.S. government spends billions on disaster relief every year—$136 billion between 2011 and 2013 alone—but one crucial area tends to be overlooked. There are often major gaps in the scientific understanding of the environments in question. When disasters hit, responders must often play catch up, using valuable time assessing prior ecological conditions or pulling together scattered sources of information. In a recent paper in the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Center for Urban Waters Distinguished Scientist in Residence Usha Varanasi proposes a new model for disaster-planning and response, in which […]
The journal Coastal Management has issued a call for abstracts for a special theme issue focusing on “The State of the Social Sciences in Puget Sound Recovery.” Abstracts are due July 21st, and full manuscripts (upon invitation) will be due October 1, 2013. Co-Guest Editors are Katharine F. Wellman of the PSP Science Panel and Kelly Biedenweg of the Puget Sound Institute. Download the full announcement.
PSI’s Tessa Francis is co-author of a new paper in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. The paper, “Characterizing coastal foodwebs with qualitative links to bridge the gap between the theory and the practice of ecosystem-based management” uses qualitative modeling to compare management actions in Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay and Galveston Bay. The authors examine loop analysis as a tool for predicting responses to press perturbations (experimental alteration of species densities). Case studies include management efforts to increase crab abundance as well as projects in Puget Sound to reduce eutrophication in relation to coastal […]
PSI’s Richard Anderson has co-authored a paper accepted for publication in the June issue of Decision Analysis. The paper, “Toward an Improved Methodology to Construct and Reconcile Decision Analytic Preference Judgments” describes a process designed to mitigate the occurrence of biases and judgment flaws in novel decision situations. Citation: Anderson, R., and R. Clemen. 2013. Toward an Improved Methodology to Construct and Reconcile Decision Analytic Preference Judgments. To Appear in Decision Analysis.
You can now keep track of the latest Salish Sea research with the help of 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.
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.