Lecture Series


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. 

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Recordings from Past Lectures

You can watch-- or watch again-- any of the speakers from the previous series.

2022-2023 Lecture Series

"Gray whales in Washington state: three groups, three stories, from death to promise"
Lecture presented on March 12, 2023, by
John Calambokidis, Senior Research Biologist, Cascadia Research Collective

YouTube link coming soon

"Hybrid in a Haystack: Hybrid beachgrass discovery, description, and ecological consequences in the Pacific Northwest"
Lecture presented on February 5, 2023, by
Rebecca Mostow, Education Program Manager, Western Flyer Foundation

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"Stage 8 Restoration: The How's and Why's of NOSC's Upcoming River Restoration Work"
Lecture presented on January 29, 2023, by
Kevin Long, Project Manager, North Olympic Salmon Coalition

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"Recovering Pinto Abalone: use of conservation aquaculture to give the Salish Sea’s largest rocky-reef cleaning marine snail a population boost"
Lecture presented on January 22, 2023, by
Josh Bouma, Abalone Program Director, Puget Sound Restoration Fund

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"2022 update on the status of the invasive European green crab in Washington State"
Lecture presented on December 4, 2022, by
Neil Harrington, Environmental biologist, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

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"Of Puffins and Petrels: Conserving seabirds of the Salish Sea and Outer Coast of Washington"
Lecture presented on November 20, 2022, by
Dr. Peter Hodum, Professor of Biology, University of Puget Sound

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"Deep Sea Mining is coming: What you need to know about this potentially huge new industry"
Lecture presented on November 13, 2022, by
Dr. Christopher Kelley, Ocean biologist, retired

YouTube link
The YouTube video description includes link to more information about deep sea mining and the  environmental concerns. These links were provided by Dr. Kelley.

2021-2022 Lecture Series

"Preventing Extinction – the Story of Southern Resident Orcas"
Lecture presented on June 12, 2022, by
Cindy Hansen, Education & Advocacy Coordinator at Orca Network

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"We Are Puget Sound: Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea”
Lecture presented on January 23, 2022, by
Mindy Roberts, Puget Sound Program Director at Washington Environmental Council
Joe Gaydos, Science Director, SeaDoc Society
Brian Footen, Founder and principal of Earthviews

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"Southern Resident Killer Whales: Status, Trends, Solutions”
Lecture presented on October 17, 2021,
by Lynda Mapes

Journalist, the Seattle Times
Author of Orcas: Shared Waters, Shared Home
YouTube link

2020-2021 Lecture Series

Our thanks to Dr. Christopher Kelly, Betsy Peabody, Dr. Ronald Thom, and John F. Piatt, Ph.D. for sharing their expertise with us during our first virtual series in 2020-2021.

"In Deeper Waters: Exploring Earth's Largest, Yet Least Understood, Biome"
Lecture presented on November 8, 2020,
by Dr. Christopher Kelley

Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory
University of Hawai'i
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"Immersions in the World of Kelp"
Lecture presented on December 13, 2020,
by Betsy Peabody

Executive director of Puget Sound Restoration Fund
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"What Eelgrass and Other Marine Vegetation Can Tell Us about the Future of the Ocean”
Lecture presented on January 10, 2021
by Dr. Ronald Thom
Staff Scientist Emeritus
Marine Sciences Lab,
Pacific Northwest National Lab
YouTube link 

"What Can Puffins Tell Us about the Impact of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystems?"
Lecture presented on March 14, 2021
by John F. Piatt, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist, Seabird and Forage Fish Ecology Program Leader,
USGS Alaska Science Center, Anchorage AK
YouTube link