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This is a stunning series of science and cultural lectures. Formerly the Winter Lecture Series, this popular series is now presented year-round and is free to the public due to the generosity of sponsors.

The Nature Institute Board has named this series for Dr. Arthur Whiteley (1916 - 2013) who arranged the lecture series for a decade. Our gratitude goes to Dr. Whiteley for his thoughtful recruitment of fellow scientists who address issues of interest and concern for our island communities.

2015 Arthur Whiteley Lecture Series - San Juan Island

All Lectures begin at 7:00pm - Friday Harbor Labs Commons
All are welcome to attend free of charge, though donations will be gratefully received
Refreshments will be served after the lecture
January 15, 2015

The Salish Sea Marine Survival Project - determining why juvenile salmon and steelhead are dying in the shared inland marine waters of the US and Canada.

Jacques White is Executive Director of Long Live the Kings, a non-profit organization committed to restoring wild salmon and steelhead to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. He came to this post after serving on the Governor's Puget Sound Partnership and the US Army Corps of Engineers' Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project.

Dr White received his early education in Washington, his MS in Louisiana and Ph.D. in Estuarine and Environmental Sciences in Maryland.

Dr. Jacque White
January 29, 2015

Shipwrecks: artificial habitats for marine communities
Derek Smith is a Ph.D. student at UW Friday Harbor Labs and an accomplished diver and underwater photographer. Much of his research has been conducted in the Mediterranean exploring ancient shipwrecks but is now conducting similar research in the San Juan Islands. His talk features pictures and stories of his European adventures and hints of his work in the San Juans.

Derek Smith
February 12, 2015

Where’s the mud? Tracking Elwha reservoir sediments in the Strait of Juan de Fuca after dam removal
The biggest dam removal in U.S. history is underway on the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River, and major changes are happening in the marine environment. One of the effects of this unprecedented restoration effort is the input of millions of tons of sediment into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Will this sediment slow or eliminate erosion on the beaches? Is it changing marine habitats? As dam removal projects are becoming an increasingly popular way to restore the habitats of depleted fisheries and river ecosystems, we need to understand the full range of effects our “restoration” will have. Research and monitoring efforts surrounding the Elwha dam removal project allows us to evaluate the impacts on nearby shorelines and marine environments resulting from a large, punctuated release of sediment and will aid decision-making in future restoration projects.

Andrea is Associate Professor , Department of Marine Geology and Oceanography at University of Washington.

Andrea Ogston
February 26, 2015

Cold-Water Corals
It may be a surprise to many that corals exist in cold waters. Alex will share his experience searching for deep-sea corals using manned and unmanned submarines and discuss the challenges facing these ecosystems due to ocean acidification. Some of these corals grow in the San Juan Islands and much of his new research project on Puget Sound Corals will take place at the UW Friday Harbor Labs.

Alex is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Oceanography at University of Washington

Dr. Alex Gagnon


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