Storying Climate Change in the Salish Sea

Stories are critical to understanding and responding to climate change. On the one hand, our collective imaginations are shaped by dominant, inherited narrative conventions; as public climate stories rely almost entirely on large-scale, apocalyptic tropes, many people are uncertain how to respond to them in their everyday lives. On the other hand, stories can help us make shared emotional and relational sense of the complexity of large-scale ecological and social transformations.

Indigenous Knowledge in a Changing Climate

Indigenous Peoples of North America have always had to accommodate and respond to environmental change. Oral histories, recollections of contemporary elders, and terms in their numerous languages have allowed understandings of responses to change, most recently since the colonial era. Traditional knowledge systems incorporate adaptive capacity. Now, however, many people have noted signs of greater environmental change and challenges to their resilience than in the past: species declines and new appearances; anomalies in weather patterns; and declining health of forests and grasslands.

Ocean Acidification in the Salish Sea

Ocean acidification (OA) threatens marine resources and coastal communities around the Salish Sea. These threats have spurred action to address the causes and consequences of OA. Intensified research and monitoring have advanced our understanding of ocean acidification and its effects on local marine life, public processes have led to legislation, and education and outreach have promoted understanding across diverse audiences.

Oysters, Ocean Acidification, and -Omics

Pacific oysters are an integral part of Puget Sound's ecology, economy, and culture. However, the environmental, economic, and social benefits of oysters are endangered by ocean acidification. In this talk, This talk will explore how ocean acidification affects multiple generations of oysters. Temporarily exposing adult Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) to low pH prior to gametogenesis affects larval abundance.

Huxley Speaker Series 5/17/18: Christie True: Local Governments, Climate Change

What Local Governments can do to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and be Ready for the Impacts of Climate Change

Climate change is one of the paramount environmental and economic challenges for our generation.  King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) is a comprehensive blueprint for climate action, and provides “one-stop-shopping” for county decision-makers, employees and the general public to learn about the County’s clima

Huxley Speaker Series 6/2: Dr. Leah Bendell on the Baynes Sound Shellfish Industry

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Leah Bendell from Simon Fraser University will discuss the impact of the shellfish industry on Baynes Sound at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 2 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.


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