Geomagnetic Orientation Behavior in the PNW Sea Slug Tritonia: Research on a Not Yet Understood Sensory Mode with Implications for Survival in a Changing Climate

Tritonia orienting to bite polyps from a sea pen

Western Washington University has shifted to entirely online classes for Spring, 2020. As such, the Huxley Speaker Series is revisiting some of our favorite presentations from the Archives.

This talk was originally presented as part of the Huxley Speaker Series in Spring 2018.

Environmental Aspects of Death: Green Burial, Composting and Beyond

Brian will discuss the history of death care in America leading to the current environmental impacts of conventional burial and cremation practices. He will draw on over a decade of experience as a licensed funeral director and leader in the Green Burial Movement to explore established and emerging alternatives in death care that further environmental goals of reduced carbon emissions, ecological restoration, and landscape level conservation. Practices that can be both ecologically sound, and deeply meaningful, spiritually and emotionally.


The Business of Keeping People Connected To Nature (at Mt Baker Ski Area)

As we face the reality of caring for the future of our Earth in an era with increasing detachment from nature and the environment that sustains our lives, this will be a discussion, ideas, and some history about how a for-profit, capitalistic corporation can work for the benefit of the natural world, people and community; all while doing business in a sensitive environment, 100% off the grid in the snowiest place on Earth.

The Monochromatic Mountain: Photographic Flights To The Great Ranges Of Western North America

Photo by John Scurlock

A presentation of selected black & white images of mountains and glaciers, representing eighteen years of aerial photography conducted in remote regions extending from California to the Northwest Territories, and from the Pacific Coast to Wyoming and the Canadian Rockies.  Included will be a brief discussion of glacier photography, as well as the technical aspects of "landscape photography" from the air.

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.

Scientific Serendipity and the Songs of Bowhead Whales

Scientific discoveries are often the result of serendipity- including the discovery of something completely unexpected which leads to more questions than answers. A chance recording of bowhead whales in Disko Bay, Greenland, and piggy-backing a hydrophone on an oceanographic mooring in Fram Strait revealed unexpected information about bowhead whale singing behavior.  Many tens of distinct songs are sung by a population in a single season.

Creative Cartography in our Digital World

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a cartographer than now! In fact, when it comes to defining society in the spaces where we live, we all participate in cartography in one way or another. This talk will encourage the entire audience to create maps, and to do so with boldness and creativity. We’ll touch upon some cartography rules, why they are important, and how to expertly break them.


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