By Professor Billie J. Swalla

Billie Swalla
Dr. Billie Swalla – FHL Director

2016 was a bit of a Dickens novel:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity…— from A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

As far as University of Washington leadership goes, it is the best of times. UW President Ana Mari Cauce is a charismatic and compassionate leader who builds consensus and has a strong academic background in higher education. She is a visionary who has been in Administration at UW for many years and values diversity, innovation and inclusiveness.

UW Provost Jerry Baldasty is also an experienced Academic and Administrator who has taken on many different challenges at the University of Washington, while authoring three books and maintaining an active research program.

We are very honored and lucky to work with UW President Ana Mari Cauce, UW Provost Jerry Baldasty, and Dean Lisa Graumich at the College of the Environment, to integrate FHL with the UW Seattle campus. We continually recruit UW undergraduates to participate in FHL’s unique experiential learning environment and to make these opportunities available to a wide variety of UW majors.

In all honesty, there has been so much exciting research from FHL in the news and great things happening on the FHL campus, that it was difficult to keep the following list to twenty items. We share much of our research news as it happens and in our Tide Bites and newsletters, so let me know if I missed anything!

2016 Friday Harbor Labs Highlights

  1. 1-12-16 Emily Carrington takes leave from UW to become the Program Director in the Physiological Mechanisms and Biomechanics Program in the Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS), Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) at the National Science Foundation.
  2. 3-04-16 Adam Summers, Ian Stevens, and Zack Bivins win first place in the science communication video contest at the Ocean Sciences meeting!
  3. 3-11-16 Hilary Hayford, graduate student of Emily Carrington, receives her Ph.D. from UW Biology, and continues with a Postdoctoral position in the Carrington Lab. Her thesis title: “Tidal migration patterns moderate thermal risk in the intertidal snail Nucella ostrina.”
  4. 75th birthday celebration of Dennis Willows, FHL Director from 1972-2005. Dennis and Susan continue to be strong and generous supporters of FHL, and we are all grateful. Congratulations to Dennis, who is forever young!
  5. 4-19-16 Megan Dethier’s paper on the effects of Shoreline Armoring is published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. Megan’s research shows the negative effects of shoreline armoring on biodiversity and, conversely, the increase in biodiversity when armoring is removed. You can listen to Megan’s interview on KUOW.
  6. Anne Gothmann is funded by JISAO to do Postdoctoral Research at FHL and UW on the effect of ocean acidification on corals with Alex Gagnon, Assistant Professor in Oceanography.
  7. Victoria Foe is funded for another year of her project “Colliding Polymerases” by the Seaver Foundation.
  8. 6-1-16 Gerald J. (Jerry) Baldasty was named Provost and Executive Vice President of the University of Washington.
  9. 6-18-16 Five Year Anniversary Picnic of the Japan/U.S. Morse Institute and the Scholar Exchange Program. Five Japanese visitors come to celebrate the exchanges and to strengthen ties between FHL and Japanese marine labs.
  10. 7-11-16 Todd Oakley is the Illg Lecturer and gives two lectures:
    • “Taking the fork in the road: Adventures in the origins of biodiversity.”
    • “Let there be light!: The evolutionary origins of light sensitivity in animals”
  11. Drew Harvell book signing and documentary “Fragile Legacy” made about her new book “A Sea of Glass.” Proceeds go to FHL Student Support Funds!
  12. 7-31-16 FHL Annual Beach Walk on MacGinitie Beach is attended by over 75 FHL supporters and scientists and UW President Ana Mari Cauce.
  13. 8-20-16 FHL Jazz at the Labs raises >$14,000 for the FHL K-12 Science Outreach Program during a magical evening.
  14. 7-27-16 Paul Dayton, from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, visits FHL to give a seminar about his entire career:
    • “Bottoms beneath the ice: reflections of 100 years of benthic ecology at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.”
  15. 8-3-16 90th birthday celebration of Mary Rice, who came to FHL as a graduate student in 1962 and has been working at FHL for over 54 years now! Mary has been a very generous supporter of FHL and an inspiration to several generations of larval biologists.
  16. 9-1-16 FHL’s new postdoc, Matt Kolhmann, arrives from the University of Toronto to work with Adam Summers on the biomechanics of fish feeding in sharks and rays.
  17. 9-1-16 Jim Truman and Lynn Riddiford bring over $1.35 million in money and equipment from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Janelia Farms to spend the next five years on their research on crustacean neurobiology in Lab 10 at FHL. Rebecca Johnston is hired as a full-time Research Scientist in Jim and Lynn’s lab.
  18. 10-21-16 Today is the day we came TOGETHER at the University of Washington to launch the largest philanthropic campaign in the UW’s history. FHL’s goal is to raise $20 million for our mission of marine research, teaching and outreach.
  19. Meegan Corcoran becomes the new FHL Manager of Marine Operations to oversee the Centennial and small boats, after over a year of training.
  20. Shawn Luttrell’s research in Billie Swalla’s lab is featured on King 5 news, after publication of hemichordate regeneration.

partial reprint from FHL Tide Bite #41 January 2017

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