A lot of people hate little critters with a lot of legs – one of those primal fears that has some good evolutionary backing. I personally am not fond of terrestrial animals with 8 or more legs (shudder!), but am quite fond of marine crustaceans with their many legs – go figure.
We are very pleased to announce an opportunity for support to scientists who have never before pursued research at Friday Harbor Labs. FHL NEW FACULTY RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS are designed to cover the expenses of faculty scientists coming to do research at FHL for the first time.Read more
Science often progresses like assembling a puzzle out of many pieces. It’s hard to see the whole picture – and we can’t ‘cheat’ by looking at the box lid! Restoration workers, state agencies, and scientists are all concerned about the decline in bull kelp around the Salish Sea in recent decades, and are struggling to understand the causes.
The Friday Harbor Laboratories is fortunate to have received private-donor funding to hire two postdoctoral scholars: a Nearshore Ecologist (for up to three years) and a Marine Scientist with any other relevant focus (for up to two years), both with anticipated start date of June 1, 2021.Read more »
Now and then we are lucky enough to have someone ‘appear’ at FHL who is just right to fill an empty niche. Kirk Sato is that person for us. The FHL Ocean Observing system that he discusses below had spent several years in a mostly-finished but not fully functional state, and we had no staff with the time or expertise to solve the seemingly intractable problems that remained.
For most people on earth, even those who live near the ocean, life below the low-tide line is a mystery, glimpsed only in movies or documentaries. Those visuals often focus on “charismatic megafauna” such as sharks, or colorful tropical habitats in clear water, such as coral reefs.