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Seahorses Indoor Club Meeting - April 24 - Urban Marine Ecosystems

posted Apr 9, 2014, 9:05 AM by Ed Gullekson

Seahorses Indoor Club Meeting

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

6:00PM - Pizza Feast!

7:00PM - Featured Program 

 Round Table Pizza - Issaquah (Gilman Village) 

 730 N.W. Gilman Blvd 

 Issaquah, WA (425) 391-7117 

Eliza HeeryUrban Marine Ecosystems and YOU!

Eliza is a PhD candidate in the Biology Department at the University of Washington studying 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.  Her fascination with marine ecosystems has long been intermixed with an interest in quantitative modeling, human-dimensions, biological conservation, and urban ecology.

More than half of the world’s population now lives in coastal areas and population growth in these areas is continuing to rise rapidly.  To support this growth, we use a variety of manmade structures in coastal construction and development.  Riprap is the rocky material and rubble used to construct jetties, seawalls, and breakwaters.  Despite how common these installations are in coastal regions, we know very little about how they influence the marine environment.  Eliza will show us how these areas can change the native distribution of marine life. She 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 too.