Summer Lecture Series at SEA

Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. throughout July and August for Summer Lectures at SEA. Each week, experts will speak about all things marine science, with an emphasis on local and regional topics and research studies. Lectures run approximately an hour with time for questions afterward. Join us and find out what’s going on in Liberty Bay, the Salish Sea and the earth’s oceans!

The Summer Lecture Series is free and open to the public.

Please see the schedule of lectures below. You may also pick up a schedule at SEA Discovery Center, or join our mailing list and we’ll send the schedule to you! Looking for more public lectures? Learn more about the Western Lecture Series, held throughout the year.

Note to Educators: Teachers have an opportunity to receive Clock Hours with participation in three or more lectures.

Opportunities to Increase Our Marine Ecosystem’s Resilience

Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m.

Our environment is changing rapidly. We can no longer assume it will support our children like it has supported us. This talk highlights ocean acidification and other key changes now occurring and their impacts on marine ecosystems and important species. Then we’ll look at resources we could use to make ecosystems more resilient and improve their capacity to adapt.

Speaker: Paul Williams
Shellfish biologist and shellfish policy manager for the Suquamish Tribe.

New Horizons in Pacific Northwest Ecology: The Role of Cannery Row’s Edward F. Ricketts

Wednesday, July 17 at 6 p.m.

An archival PowerPoint exploration of the origins of ecology in the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s by the “Father of Ecology”—marine biologist Edward F. Ricketts.

Speaker: Michael Hemp
Originally from Berkeley, CA, Michael Hemp relocated to Gig Harbor in 2017 to focus on Pacific Northwest historical research, including the exploration and celebration of the emerging discoveries that connect Monterey-Cannery Row and the Pacific Northwest in many unexpected and meaningful ways. Michael gives voice to our shared historical, maritime, literary and ecological legacies.

Recovering Washington’s Magnificent Marine Marvels: Rockfish Research and Management in Puget Sound

Wednesday, July 24 at 6 p.m.

In the 1970s-80s, rockfish were heavily fished in Puget Sound despite little being known about their biology and ecology. As knowledge grew, it became apparent populations were crashing because rockfish can take 20+ years to reach sexual maturity, live for 100+ years and only successfully produce juveniles episodically – when ocean conditions are right. This talk highlights recent research activities to assess rockfish so they can be better protected. It focuses on scientific bottom trawling, scuba diving, remotely operated vehicles and advanced genetic analysis, as well as use of these tools to inform development of conservation-minded, far-looking management policies.

Speaker: Dayv Lowry
Dr. Dayv Lowry leads WDFW’s Puget Sound Marine Fish Science Unit and oversees stock assessments and ecological research that support conservation and fishery management. He also serves on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee, where he helps ensure that management of Alaskan fisheries is rooted in science. An author of over 50 scientific reports and publications, Dayv is a passionate educator who regularly lectures on marine fish conservation and management.

That Doesn’t Look Like a Starfish!

Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m.

Most of us are familiar with a wide range of marine organisms: sea anemones, clams, crabs, sea urchins and starfish. However, many of these animals have complex life cycles that include forms that look and act nothing like the animals we know so well. Understanding, conserving and in some cases managing populations of marine invertebrates, particularly in a time of a changing environment, requires that we understand them in all their life forms. We discuss the lives of these amazing animals including what we know, what we don’t know and what we desperately need to figure out.

Speaker: Brian Bingham
Brian Bingham is a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University (WWU). His research activities center on invertebrate ecology and symbiotic relationships like those that exist in reef-building corals. He teaches courses in marine science, experimental design and statistics and co-directs the WWU Marine and Estuarine Science Graduate Program.

Scientific Diving and Western Washington University

Wednesday, August 7 at 6 p.m.

Come explore the history of scientific diving, the formation of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and the training requirements and projects of Western Washington University’s scientific divers.

Speaker: Nate Schwarck
Captain Nathan T. Schwarck, M.S. is the Diving Safety Officer for Western Washington University. He also works as the Lead Research Vessel Captain and Marine Technologist at the Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, WA. He has been diving for 34 years, has served as an executive officer for the American Academy of Underwater Sciences and currently volunteers with the local sheriff’s department as president of the Skagit Technical Water Rescue team. Capt. Schwarck enjoys sharing his diving safety expertise with others..

Watching our Waters for Unwelcome Wanderers: Aquatic Invasive Species in the Salish Sea

Wednesday, August 14 at 6 p.m.

As we, our stuff and our economy shuffle around the planet, animals and plants move or are moved with us. Some cause harm to the ecology, economy or human health in our region. Among them, the invasive land plants, birds and beasts are more familiar to us, while species introduced into our waters, are often far less obvious, just as harmful and nearly impossible to eradicate. We’ll explore aquatic invasive species that threaten or already live in our area and how institutions, individuals and you can help prevent introductions and protect our water resources.

Speaker: Jeff Adams
Jeff is a marine ecologist with Washington Sea Grant, a department in the UW College of the Environment. Jeff supports beach naturalist, watershed stewardship and invasive species programs and associated community science opportunities on the Kitsap Peninsula, the Salish Sea and beyond. He is passionate about sharing the wonders of watery worlds with all who will listen and enjoys island life with his extraordinary wife and two budding beach naturalists.

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation of the Salish Sea

Wednesday, August 21 at 6 p.m.

This crash course on the diversity of submerged aquatic vegetation dives into the biology, identification, ecology, current status and the importance of marine plants in the Salish Sea.

Speaker: Nam Siu
Area Habitat Biologist, North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island, Habitat Program, WA State Dept of Fish and Wildlife. Projects fish and wildlife habitats from development impacts. Prior to this position, Nam spent 4 years as a scientific diver surveying submerged aquatic vegetation beds throughout the Salish Sea.

SEA Discovery Center Interns Investigate Liberty Bay and the Salish Sea

Wednesday, August 28 at 6 p.m.

Find out what marine mysteries the SEA Discovery interns have been studying and see what they’ve learned. The SEA Discovery Center Internship Program provides college students and recent graduates an opportunity to dive into the marine environment and gain valuable experience while conducting research for 10 weeks. Learn more about our internship program: wp.wwu.edu/seacenter/programs/internships

Speaker: Interns