Kenneth K. Chew Endowed Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington where his research focuses on characterizing physiological responses of marine organisms to environmental change.
I’m a naturalist at heart with a particular fascination with marine invertebrates. My background is primarily in the biology and ecology of symbiotic cnidarians, including reef corals and sea anemones that host endosymbiotic dinoflagellates and other photosymbionts. My work in the Roberts Lab will evaluate the role of epigenetics in the ability of these organisms to acclimatize and adapt to their environment, a topic that is especially relevant as we march on into the “anthropocene”, an era of increasingly human-altered ecosystems.
Like many Washingtonians, I grew up exploring and enjoying the unique marine environment of Puget Sound. Because of the natural connection I had with the waters in Puget Sound, I became interested in marine research in college. I started in the Becker Lab at UW Tacoma as an undergraduate researcher on two projects: determining the ability of mussels to remove nutrients from the Thea Foss Waterway and measuring the distribution of Olympia oyster larvae in Fidalgo Bay. Following graduation, I completed an eight month internship at the Center for Urban Waters, where I investigated different methods to remove phosphorus from stormwater. Currently my research focuses on studying the movements of larval oysters to enhance restoration efforts. The dynamic nature of my current research, with the combination of field and lab elements, keeps me intrigued and motivated. At any time I could be trudging through the mud in Fidalgo Bay or doing molecular biology in the lab. Through this research experience I have also discovered that baby oysters are super cute. It’s not every day that you get to use complex science to aid in the restoration of adorable marine critters. Follow Megan on Twitter (@BivalveFanatic)
As a Univeristy of Washington alumna with a B.S. in Chemical Oceanography, I am very pleased to return to the UW to pursue a Masters at SAFS as an NSF Graduate Fellow. In the years between I began my career at SustainableWorks, an ARRA-funded energy efficiency program in Seattle working to reduce residential energy consumption, then with the Seattle-based consulting firm Ross Strategic on a spectrum of environmental projects such as flood mitigation, Puget Sound salmon recovery, air quality on tribal lands, the EPA Exchange Network, etc. Most recently I joined the Puget Sound Restoration Fund, a non-profit using boots-on-the-ground tactics to restore the native Olympia oyster & Pinto abalone in Puget Sound, where I gained valuable experience in hatchery techniques and a curiosity in shellfish restoration and research. Additionally, dual interests in scientific education/outreach and Ocean Acifidification led to volunteering with the Seattle Aquarium, the Ocean Inquiry Project, WA Sea Grant, and Earth Echo. In joining the Roberts Lab I seek to perform applied research to provide useful knowledge for shellfish aquaculture and restoration communities, with the express interest of maintaining affordable, delicious shellfish on our tables and shorelines.
After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Environmental Science, I served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Coastal Resource Management Program in the Philippines. We worked on ecotourism projects to relieve fishing pressure and created programs in giant clam restocking, coral propagation, and mangrove restoration. I gained a deep appreciation for sustainable aquaculture while abroad and began working at the Taylor Shellfish hatchery in Quilcene, WA shortly after returning. Over the past few years, I have been helping manage an ocean acidification monitoring unit on the NANOOS network and researching ways to improve hatchery production through nutrition experiments, water treatments, and husbandry techniques. We are collaborating with the Roberts Lab to better understand mass mortality events that occur at our hatchery using proteomic tools. We have identified key bottlenecks in production and we hope to learn more about physiological responses in shellfish so we can be better prepared and adapt in an era of climate change and other environmental perturbations.
As a California Bay Area native, I grew up going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. I was always floored by the intricacies of the organisms themselves, but also how complex their environments were. These experiences pushed me to get my B.S. in General Biology and B.A. in Environmental Policy at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I studied several different species-environment interactions, including copepods and copper toxicity at the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, marsh plants species and increased carbon inputs at the Smithsonian Institute for Environmental Studies and limpet-surfgrass interactions under acidified conditions at UCSD. I’m also interested in environmental policy and science communication, and have interned at the Tropical Forest Group and served on the editorial board of the undergraduate biology research journal, Saltman Quarterly. At the Roberts Lab, my research broadly focuses on the effects of environmental stressors (ocean acidificiation, warming) on shellfish. I’m currently working on a collaboration with the Department of Natural Resources studying the Pacific oyter, Crassostrea gigas, and its response to environmental change in and out of eelgrass beds.
Hollie Putnam (Visiting Scientist)
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Rhode Island
Mrunmayee Manohar Shete
Katie Jackson UW SAFS (2015)
Joelle Blaise UW SAFS (2014)
Harry Podschwit; UW notebook
Manel Khan; UW notebook
Lexie Miller; UW FISH499 paper
Zac Halls; UW notebook
Amanda Davis FISH499; UW paper
Christina Miller FISH498; UW notebook
Rony Thi; UW notebook
Kevin Jeong; UW FISH499 notebook
Tatyana Marushchak; UW Chemistry project
Juliann Clark; UW project
Tushara Saint Vitus; UW SAFS project
Lindsay Braun; Santa Clara University project
Mairead Bermingham; N Univ of Ireland, Cork project
Zachary Schiller; Tufts University project
Jose Angel Hidalgo de la Toba – CIBNOR PhD student
March 27-April 25, 2016
New method for determining size at age in individuals to inform geoduck population models.
Timothy Green; University of Queensland
Adelaide Rhodes; Visiting Scholar website