Coastal Communities and Ecology Lab

The Coastal Communities and Ecology Lab is led by Dr. Marco Hatch, a Samish Indian Nation member, and Assistant Professor at Western Washington University. We work hard to build an inclusive research community for undergraduate and graduate students. Our lab is focused on the intertidal ecology of the Salish Sea, collaborative research, and working with Indigenous communities.

Lab members (from left): Amy Irons, Marco Hatch, Mariah Holliday, Alex Trejo, and Celida Moran on top of Eagle Cliff on Cypress Island (English Name) during our fall lab retreat in September 2017.

Photo of the clam garden rock wall located in Fulfod Harbor B.C. This clam garden is one of the many sites that our lab surveys during low tides. To learn more about clam gardens, click the link and visit the Clam Garden Network site.

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Principal Investigator: Dr. Marco Hatch