Knowing, Connecting and Protecting the Salish Sea

Joe Gaydos

Science Director, SeaDoc Society

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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 Winter 2019.


Saving an endangered species is hard. Saving an ecosystem is even harder - especially when so few people even know the name of the place you’re trying to save. As residents of the Salish Sea we have an obligation to take care of it. But that is no small task. It’s been undergoing human-caused changes for hundreds of years and the current factors threatening it are complex and interconnected. Gaydos, Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society, will talk about what makes the Salish Sea so amazing, and what we can do to address some of the largest issues hindering recovery. 


The Winter, 2019 Huxley Speaker Series was co-sponsored by Huxley College of the Environment and WWU's Salish Sea Institute.

Joe Gaydos

Joe Gaydos is a Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and is the Science Director for the SeaDoc Society, a science-based marine conservation program of UC Davis' Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center. The SeaDoc Society funds and conducts science and uses the information to help educate people about marine resources and help improve management and policy decisions regarding the health of the Salish Sea.

Joe has a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the University of Georgia. For almost two decades Joe has been working on wildlife and ecosystem health issues in the Pacific Northwest and has authored several books on the Salish Sea. He's a science nerd with a passion for all things wild: wildlife, wild places and wild people. When he grows up he'd like to be a dive master or safari guide.

More Information

The Huxley Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

Location & Time

Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30pm On-campus and ONLINE.


Due to the pandemic, the in-person presentations are not open to the public. However, the talks will be live-streamed ONLINE for the off-campus audience.


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