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December 2020 Tide Bite

Greetings,
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. 

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Postdoctoral Scholar Positions at FHL!

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. 

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November 2020 Tide Bite

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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. 

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October 2020 Tide Bite

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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.  

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FHL receives Human Diversity Award

We are pleased to announce that FHL has received the 2020 Human Diversity Award from the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS)!  This annual award “recognizes unique activities, programs, or approaches (funded or unfunded) that increase the involvement, engagement, and sustainability of underrepresented groups in field science.”  In the award letter, OBFS calls out FHL’s “mentoring process both from engaging students in the role of mentee and mentor, as well as matching students with BIPOC mentors,” noting that our process exemplifies “the role of mentoring in supporting underrepresented students to enter, stay, and succeed in science.”  The letter continues: “Additionally, providing funding for undergraduate students … highlights an important facet of support for making science more accessible. 

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September 2020 Tide Bite

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Much of the research that goes on at FHL is “basic science.”  We all try to understand how nature works, whether that be genes replicating, brains learning, predators affecting prey populations…but few of us directly address practical problems that beset humans or their societies.  

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