The legacy bulletin – Marley Loomis

April 2, 2024

March 2024 Marley Loomis' Octopus Odyssey With a background in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Marley Loomis stepped into the world of marine education in 2018 as a two-term AmeriCorps member, not realizing that her path would lead her to an intimate understanding of one of the ocean's most enigmatic inhabitants: the octopus. Marley'...


Volunteers power PTMSC

February 29, 2024

Volunteers power the Port Townsend Marine Science Center all year long Outstanding! For a relatively small organization, the Port Townsend Marine Science Center is able to maximize its impact to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea thanks in no small part to the efforts of our dedicated cadre of volunteers. In 2023, over 125 volunteers recorded 9,180 hours of time, expertise and talent...


Past lectures on YouTube

January 4, 2024

Did you know you can enjoy past Future of Oceans lectures on the PTMSC YouTube channel? You'll find the recorded lectures and links on our Lectures page. The 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. Enjoy exploring and learning!...


The legacy bulletin – Allison Kellum

December 31, 2023

December 2023 Charting the Course: Allison Kellum's Journey from PTMSC to Scripps Oceanography Allison Kellum's career path was shaped by her two years at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC), which helped focus her passion for marine conservation in ways that continue in her work today at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego.&nb...


The octopus is named Kakantu!

October 26, 2023

The name, Kakantu, given to this individual of the species giant Pacific octopus, was chosen by the winning bidder at the 2023 PTMSC Auction fundraiser. The name comes from the Klallam language and has two meanings, according to the Klallam Dictionary1. The first is the name of a girl in a story told by Amy Allen who is the grandmother of the current Tribal Council Chairman of the Jamestown S’Kl...

The legacy bulletin – Lorenzo McCleese

September 30, 2023

September 2023 A Rising Tide in Conservation and Community Leadership When it comes to champions of environmental advocacy and community leadership, few shine as brightly as Lorenzo McCleese. As a dedicated volunteer at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center (PTMSC) from the tender age of eight, Lorenzo has been a strong proponent of our mission to inspire conservation of the Salish Sea. ...


Volunteers in action

July 22, 2023

PTMSC volunteers helping keep the beaches safe for the summer! Have you ever been on a Puget Sound beach and noticed a 'beach closed for swimming' sign? As one of our citizen science projects, PTMSC is a partner in sampling local beaches to make sure they are safe for recreation. We do this as part of WA State Dept. of Ecology's EPA-funded Beach Environmental Assessment, Communication and He...


Releasing an octopus

February 2, 2023

by Tracy Thompson and Ali Redman Marley Loomis has been keeping track of the giant Pacific octopus (GPO) at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center ever since she left her position as an AmeriCorps member there from 2018-2020. When PTMSC determined it was time to release the cephalopod, Marley knew she had to be there. In 2020, Marley spotted the young octopus while sorting zooplankton from ...

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