As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Sylvia Yang will deliver her talk “SEA Discovery Center: Fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of marine ecosystems,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. Located in Poulsbo, WA, the SEA Discovery Center is a public aquarium and hands-on learning center featuring marine life and habitats from the Pacific Northwest. Since May 24, 2016, Western Washington University has been continuing the center’s mission to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the marine environment. Sylvia Yang will share the Center’s history as an educational resource for the community and discuss avenues for collaboration and growth as a facility of Western. The Center provides opportunities for service-learning, community engagement, science communication, science of science education, and internships for students from many disciplines including environmental science, studies, and education majors.
Sylvia Yang has been a marine scientist at WWU’s Shannon Point Marine Center and a course instructor for Environmental Science since 2012. Recently, she joined the staff at the SEA Discovery Center as the director (2017). Her research focuses on integrative ecology of seagrass ecosystems and also community-based monitoring projects. She received her PhD in Biology from the University of Washington, conducted post-doctoral research on invasive Spartina in California, and was an NSF GK-12 Fellow, developing investigative marine science curriculum for high school. From this experience, she discovered her passion for mentoring students and facilitating lifelong learning.
The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.