It’s October 1st and our FHL Autumn Marine Biology Quarter and Pelagic Ecosystem Function Apprenticeship are off to fine starts! We’re happy to also be hosting the Three Seas undergraduate students at FHL for diving, molecular work, research, and learning about the unique environment here on San Juan Island.
Although it’s a beautiful Fall season, my heart is heavy from the devastating earthquakes, hurricanes and fires that have intensified this August and September after the third-warmest summer on record for the Pacific Northwest. Our hearts go out to those who have lost their homes, family or friends to these disasters.
As humans, we have infinite capacity to solve problems, learn to live together better, and work on issues of equity and scarcity. We at FHL are leading the way toward understanding ocean health and the impacts of climate change on our oceans. This month our Tide Bite discusses the factors that have led to a decrease in seagrasses, which is a critical issue for the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea. As we document changes, we also work to solve problems and do what we can to preserve ocean health.
Wishing a bountiful October for you and your loved ones!
Billie J. Swalla
Director, Friday Harbor Laboratories