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.

The Value of Experiential Education: Teaching on a Tall Ship

Most people associate education with a classroom, lecture-style setting. However, I’ve found that the most powerful, inspirational and impactful education takes place when you’re outside the classroom actively participating in something. Climb aboard with me to explore my journey to find experiential education and how it has led me to one of the best teaching platforms that I know of, schooner Adventuress. (See Sound Experience)

No Bull! Monitoring Kelp Via Kayak

Photo by Jim Ramaglia

Bull kelp is an important species in the Salish Sea that, like so many other species, is experiencing decline. Better policy and management are needed to better protect kelp and the fish that rely on kelp forests for survival. Marine Resources Committees, along with the Northwest Straits Initiative, Department of Natural Resources, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, and others are working to fill data gaps within Puget Sound using citizen science.

The Intersection of City Planning and Our Health: Integrating Community Design and Public Health

We are living longer than we did 100 years ago primarily due to breakthroughs in sanitation, communicable diseases, and development of antibiotics.  However, today our concerns have shifted as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes rates are all on the rise.  We have also seen an uptick in pedestrian and traffic fatalities and serious injuries.  The design of our communities, housing, transportation infrastructure, and open space, strongly influences human behavior and activity, which subsequently brings cascading effects on our health and well-being.  We are adversely imp

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