Teri L. King

Aquaculture and Marine Water Quality Specialist

Curriculum vitae


  • Aquaculture
  • Shellfish toxins
  • Seafood safety
  • Harmful algal blooms
  • Water quality

A highly respected, active presence in Puget Sound marine outreach, Teri engages stakeholders in a variety of issues including shellfish safety and aquaculture and harmful algal blooms (HABs) monitoring. Her most infamous topic of interest is the operation and maintenance of on-site sewage systems. She is the program coordinator for SoundToxins, a diverse partnership of aquaculture businesses, environmental learning centers, Native tribes and Puget Sound volunteers working together to minimize the human health impacts of toxic shellfish through research, early detection and monitoring.

Prior to joining Washington Sea Grant, Teri worked as a fisheries biologist for the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on the control of invasive aquatic plants and salmon habitat issues. She also worked for the Alaska Sea Grant Program determining the carrying capacity of shellfish aquaculture operations in Southeast Alaska. She has also worked as a biologist and chemist in the University of Washington School of Fisheries, aquaculture/genetics unit, studying salmon, trout, tilapia, sturgeon, clams, and oysters. Teri holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington.


  • S.FisheriesUniversityofWashington,1990
  • S.FisheriesUniversityofWashington,1986

Positions Held

  • Aquaculture Specialist, WashingtonSeaGrant, UW, 2010-present
  • Marine Water Quality, WashingtonSeaGrant, UW,1991-present
  • FisheriesMBC Applied Environmental,Costa Mesa, Ca,1991
  • Research, Washington Sea Grant,UW,1990-91
  • Fisheries,UW,1989-90
  • Research, Alaska Sea Grant Program, Ketchikan, AK,1989
  • Teaching, UW,1987-90
  • Research, UW,1987-90
  • Fisheries, TomMoritz and Associates, Seattle,1986

Professional Memberships

  • AmericanFisheriesSociety
  • CaliforniaCurrentAcidificationNetwork–Steering Committee Chair 2016-present
  • Delta Kappa Gamma
  • NationalShellfisheriesAssociation–Boardmember, 2007-2010
  • PacificRimShellfishSanitationAssociation–Boardofficer 1998–2018
  • RotaryInternational–Shelton Skookum Rotary Club Board officer 1993–98
  • World Aquaculture Society



Imperiled Waters: A Community to the Rescue(16.45minutes)


Selected Publications

2018. PSEMP Marine Waters Workgroup. Puget Sound marine waters: 2017 overview. S. K. Moore, R. Wold, K. Stark

2019. Bos, P. Williams, N. Hamel, S. Kim,  A. Brown, C. Krembs, and J. Newton, editors

2020. SoundToxins: An early warning program for harmful algae blooms in Puget Sound-V. Trainer and L. Guild

2017. Puget Sound marine waters: 2016 overview. S. K. Moore, R. Wold, K. Stark, J. Bos, P. Williams

2018. Hamel, A. Edwards, C. Krembs, and J. Newton, editors

2019. Puget Sound marine waters: 2015 overview. S. K. Moore, R. Wold, K. Stark, J. Bos, P. Williams

2020. Dzinbal, C. Krembs and J. Newton (Eds)

2021. Impacts of coastal acidification on the Pacific Northwest shellfish industry and adaptation strategies implemented in response. Barton, A., G.G. Waldbusser, R.A. Feely, S.B. Weisberg, J.A. Newton, B.  Hales,, Cudd, B. Eudeline, C.J. Langdon, I. Jefferds, T. King, A. Suhrbier, and K. McLaughlin. Oceanography 28(2):146–159

  1. Core principles of the California Current Acidification Network: Linking chemistry, physics, and ecological effects. McLaughlin, K., S.B. Weisberg, A.G. Dickson, G.E. Hofmann, J.A. Newton, D. Aseltine-Neilson, A. Barton,
  2. Cudd, R.A. Feely, I.W. Jefferds, E.B. Jewett, T. King, C.J. Langdon, S. McAfee, D. Pleschner-Steele, and
  3. Steele. 2015.Oceanography28(2):160–169.
  4. Sound Toxins Manual.With V. Trainer, B. Bill and J. Runyan.WSG-AS 15-04.
  5. Puget Sound marine waters: 2014 overview. S. K. Moore, R. Wold, K. Stark, J. Bos, P. Williams, K. Dzinbal, C. Krembs and J. Newton (Eds).
  6. Puget Sound marine waters: 2013 overview. S. K. Moore, K. Stark, J. Bos, P. Williams, J. Newton and K. Dzinbal (Eds).
  7. Puget Sound marine waters: 2012 overview. S. K. Moore, K. Stark, J. Bos, P. Williams, J. Newton and K. Dzinbal (Eds).
  8. Puget Sound marine waters: 2011 overview. S. K. Moore, R. Runcie, K. Stark, J. Newton and K. Dzinbal (Eds).



2004.GatheringSafeShellfish:AvoidingParalyticShellfishPoisoning.WithK.K.ChewandL.Nishitani. WSG-AS04-02.Revised2015.



1999.SepticSense,Scents,Cents:3SupremeInsightstotheFearlessFlush.WSG-AS99-16.Revised20081999.Homeowner’sManualfortheOperation,MonitoringandMaintenanceofaSandFilterOn-site. SewageTreatmentandDisposalSystem.WithD.Leaf.WSG-AS99-03.


1999.Homeowner’sManualfortheOperation,MonitoringandMaintenanceofaMoundOn-siteSewageTreatmentandDisposalSystem.WithD.Leaf. WSG-AS99-05.

1999.Homeowner’sManualfortheOperation,MonitoringandMaintenanceofaGravityOn-siteSewageTreatmentandDisposalSystem.WithD.Leaf. WSG-AS99-06.

1999.Homeowner’sManualfortheOperation,MonitoringandMaintenanceofaProprietaryDeviceOnsite    SewageTreatmentandDisposalSystem.WithD.Leaf.WSG-AS99-07.