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June Indoor Club Meeting 2/22 - Giant Pacific Octopus Study

posted Jun 13, 2017, 9:34 PM by Editor SeaHorse   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 11:06 AM ]
No-host dinner at 6, Program at 7 PM. Rogue Issaquah Brew House – Nail Room, 35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA 98027

Dr. Eliza Heery – Octopus survey results revealed!

Eliza recently completed her doctorate from the Biology Department at the University of Washington. She has made extensive study of the ecological dynamics of urban marine ecosystems (like an artificial reef).  Eliza earned an M.S. in Fisheries Science from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Biology from Emory University.  Prior to joining the University of Washington, she worked as a data analyst in the Fisheries Resource Analysis and Monitoring Division at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NOAA) in Seattle.

In a collaborative study with the Seattle Aquarium, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and the REEF program, Eliza examined whether the distribution and habitat of giant Pacific octopus is related to the urban intensity in Puget Sound. Using REEF data provided by you and your fellow divers, she modeled octopus occurrence across in the region as it relates to urban environments.

Eliza spends a good portion of her time out in the field (diving) for her research. Her insight will bring a great deal of awareness and enrichment to your local dives and your success for encounters with the giant Pacific octopus.


Please join us for this unique perspective on many our most famous and popular critter. I’m confident that Eliza will be prepared and thrilled to take on any of your Q & A.

More detail on Eliza’s work (and just a great deal of cool info about our local critters) can be found in her fascinating blog located at:

Come join your fellow Seahorses for a great family-friendly presentation with some good food and cold beverages. Children’s menu available too!


Directions to Issaquah Brew House:

Take I-90 East. Exit 17 at Front St going south. It’s about a half mile and on the right side at the intersection of Sunset Ave.