Lecture: Hybrid in a Haystack

Location: Fort Worden Chapel
Date: February 5, 2023


Sunday, February 5, 2023
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.

Assisted Listening Devices available.

"Hybrid in a Haystack: Hybrid beachgrass discovery, description, and ecological consequences in the Pacific Northwest"
Presented by Dr. Rebecca Mostow
Education Program Manager,
Western Flyer Foundation

The sandy beaches of the US Pacific Northwest are densely populated by two non-native, ecosystem engineering beachgrasses. Come learn about the recently discovered hybrid between these two species, its ecological consequences, and efforts to use participatory science to map this novel beachgrass.

Dr. Rebecca Mostow is a coastal ecologist and educator with over a decade of experience teaching, developing, and running innovative and experiential science education programs. Rebecca holds a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from Oregon State University. Rebecca’s dissertation research used ecological, genetic, and participatory science methods to investigate a novel hybrid beachgrass in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout her career, Rebecca has integrated scientific research with a love of community outreach and teaching. She has conducted ecological research and education all along the Pacific Coast, from Southeast Alaska to Panama, in wide-ranging topics from seabird population dynamics to the biochemistry of kelp reproduction. She has taught students of all ages, from preschool through retirement, and worked in diverse organizations including Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Bureau of Land Management, and Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.


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.