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December 2020 Tide Bite

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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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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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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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July 2020 Tide Bite

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It is not uncommon for the FHL Family to include multiple “generations” from one academic lineage.  In many cases one researcher spends time here, eventually sends his/her graduate students, and they in turn may come back as instructors or send their own students!  

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June 2020 Tide Bite

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As human thoughts and actions this month continue to be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is appropriate that our Tide Bite relates to the actions of another virus.  In this case it is one that we believe struck living cells billions of years ago, and had a profound effect on the evolution of life on earth – one can even say a positive effect, since it seems to have allowed the development of complex organisms including ourselves.  

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April 2020 Tide Bite

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This month’s Tide Bite chronicles a not-that-unusual career progression for Friday Harbor Labs’ scientists: going from a student in a course, to a student doing their own research, to teaching here themselves, to having their own graduate students come to learn the trade!  

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