Of puffins and petrels - The Future of Oceans lecture series

Location: Fort Worden Chapel
Date: November 20, 2022


Sunday, November 20, 2022
3 p.m.
Fort Worden Chapel
To keep this series accessible to all, regardless of the ability to pay, there is no set charge for the event; however, donations are always welcomed and appreciated.

"Of puffins and petrels: Conserving seabirds of the Salish Sea and Outer Coast of Washington"
Presented by Peter Hodum
Professor of Biology, University of Puget Sound

Hodum’s talk delves into the collaborative research focused on improving the understanding of the ecology and conservation status of species such as the Tufted Puffin, Rhinoceros Auklet, Cassin’s Auklet and Leach’s and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels.

“Although Washington is blessed with a rich community of breeding and wintering seabirds, relatively little is known about the ecology and conservation status of many of the species,” said Hodum. “This relative lack of knowledge extends to iconic species such as the Tufted Puffin, a species listed as endangered by Washington state.”

Hodum is a biology professor and the Director of Environmental Policy and Decision Making at the University of Puget Sound. He is particularly interested in conservation-based research, including the impacts of anthropogenic threats such as marine plastic debris, habitat alteration and loss, introduced species, and fisheries interactions on bird populations and island ecosystems. 

In the Pacific Northwest, Hodum studies the ecology, population dynamics and conservation status of burrowing seabirds, principally Rhinoceros Auklets and Tufted Puffins. He collaborates with the Slater Museum of Natural History to study the effects of marine plastic debris on marine food webs by using seabirds, forage and bottom-dwelling fish and filter-feeding species, such as mussels, as biological indicators. 

Assisted Listening Devices available.


Our lecture series, The Future of Oceans, draws on the commitment of professional researchers and educators across all academic spectrums to help define and inspire the health of our oceans.

Thanks to the Darrow Family for their ongoing support.