Tim Carpenter is the Curator of Fish and Invertebrates at the Seattle Aquarium, working with a variety of species for 20 years. He currently manages all aspects of the fish and invertebrate exhibits, including supervising a team of 10 aquarists and divers, coordinating animal acquisitions and research, planning and building new exhibitry, and overseeing the daily care and management of the Aquarium's collection.
Giant Pacific octopuses are the largest octopus species in the world, and they occur right here in Western Washington. Learn about these amazing animals, their habits and abilities, and current wisdom about their population and management in our local waters.
Dr. Marc Hayes
Dr. Hayes is a research herpetologist (amphibian and reptile biologist) and a senior research scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has spent the last 43 years prodding and studying frogs and salamanders in North and Central America. He currently lives with his wife, Brigette, and a suite of marked alligator lizards in Olympia, Washington.
Amphibians, among the most poorly understood animals, are making news because of our changing climate. With skins they use as lungs, poisons for protection, a dislike for salts, and often really odd life histories, amphibians make for stories better than the craziest mystery novels. Come learn about the peculiar world of amphiabians and how they affect you.
Christopher Krembs pursued his academic career as a biological oceanographer at several universities in Germany and the US, publishing in the field of marine microbial ecology. He received his PhD in 1999. From 2002-2008 he held a position at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory. He has been the lead Oceanographer in the Marine Monitoring Unit since 2008.
Puget Sound is known for its beauty, bounty and recreational value. Many conditions which have shaped the quality of life for marine organisms in the past are still present, however Puget Sound is weathering global record-breakers. In this session, learn how recent climate phenomena have contributed to Puget Sound marine conditions...be they good, bad or ugly.
Rich retired in 2006 after a 34-year career with the National Park Service, all at Olympic National Park. He held positions in aviation and fire management, natural resources management, and did extensive field work and planning for habitat restoration related to the Elwha River dam removals. He was intimately involved in field research on mountain goats and was the lead in the high-risk aerial capture and translocation program.
Introduced mountain goats in the Olympics are controversial. Rich will review the history of their introduction and research on their impacts to plants and soils. He will discuss the challenges, limitations, and risks of various population management techniques. The session will include an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about the biology and public policy aspects of managing charismatic non-native mammals.
Tree health, forest pests and wildlife risks are closely related to moisture and temperature. Find out what's bugging the forests now, and what effects are anticipated with climate change. NOTE: Daniel Omdal will now give this class and discuss the changing effects of forest diseases on forest ecosystems as climate changes. He will review knowledge of relationships between climate variables and several forest diseases, as well as current evidence of how climate, host and pathogen interactions are responding or might respond to climate change.
Jeff Renner is an Emmy award winning meteorologist and science documentary producer, acting as Chief Meterologist for KING Television for over 30 years. He is the author of several books including Mountain Weather, Lightning Strikes and NW Mountain Weather. Jeff holds degrees from University of Washington (Atmospheric Science) and University of Wisconsin (Science Journalism and Political Sciences). Jeff also enjoys piloting aircraft, skiing, hiking, scuba diving, sail and photography. He shares his rich background and experiences with audiences as diverse as the American Meterological Society, The Mountaineers, United States Armed Forces, boating groups, local, state and national search and rescue groups and state patrol.
Puget Sound, and the larger Salish Sea of which it is a part, face unprecedented challenges. Despite increased environmental awareness and improved practices, our waters face a multitude of threats such as decades-old remnant pollutants and pressure from rapid population growth. As research continues to support the presence of human-caused climate change, and its acceleration, the clarity of the strong link between changes in the atmosphere and changes in the ocean is growing. Jeff will use a mix of story-telling and multi-media to explore not only the essential elements of climate change, but also its impact, now and in the near future, in the Pacific Northwest.
Dr. Evan Sugden
Evan Sugden teaches entomology and beekeeping at the University of Washington. He has kept bees all his adult life, world-wide, and in many capacities. He was among the first producers of "mason bees" in Washington and continues to contribute to the industry. His beekeeping courses strive to educate a "new generation" of beekeepers and to instill appreciation of native pollinators.
Life without pollinators would be dismal! Bees are essential to farm production of our food. Our local 200 species of bees are integral to the health of natural ecosystems and play important roles in home landscape and gardens. But bees everywhere are under stress and some are disappearing. Dr. Sugden will discuss what we can each do to help them in the face of many challenges.