Coastal and Marine Communities

Coastal Management

Acoustic Propagation Measurement and Modeling in Puget Sound to Support Noise Environmental Impact Efforts

Researchers are refining and testing an underwater sound propagation model, which can be used to protect marine mammals from construction noise.

Principal Investigator
Peter Dahl

Developing Baseline Data on Native Eelgrass to Inform Conservation Strategies 

This project seeks to determine the population structure and the genetic basis of phenotypic diversity in native eelgrass (Zostera marina) populations in Washington State.

Principal Investigator
Kerry Naish

Effects of Waterfront Stormwater Solution Prototypes on Water Quality Runoff

Researchers are designing and constructing an innovative, multifunctional stormwater treatment system that may significantly reduce pollution and serve as a model for Puget Sound communities.

Principal Investigator
Nancy Rottle

Evaluating Puget Sound Marine Protected Areas to Increase Social Ecological Resilience

This research will be the first empirical, multi-method comparative study of a marine protected area (MPA) system in the United States; addressing the growing need for including social dimensions in MPA management strategies.

Principal Investigator
Patrick Christie

Governing Complex Environmental Commons: Stakeholder Partnerships in Salmon Recovery in Washington, Oregon, and California

An exhaustive analysis of newspaper coverage and public comments on salmon-recovery efforts revealed extremely low participation by private interests, a significant gap in collaborative salmon management.

Principal Investigator
Nives Dolšak

Higher trophic-level function of seagrass-vegetated and unvegetated tideflats in Washington

Using trained birdwatchers, remote sensors, and seine sampling, researchers determine how fish and seabirds use eelgrass meadows from Willapa to Fidalgo Bay.

Principal Investigator
Jennifer Ruesink

Juvenile Salmon response to Innovative Seawall Enhancements: Application of a Hydroacoustic Camera Approach

Researchers provide precise data on the benefits of Seattle seawall enhancements, enabling managers to choose the best elements for improving juvenile salmon survival and adult returns.

Principal Investigator
Jeffery Cordell

Oil Spill Vulnerability Models

This project takes a closer look at how oil spills affect different species of Pacific Northwest seabirds so that we can predict the taxon-specific vulnerability to oiling.

Principal Investigator
Julia Parrish

Reconstructing a Century of Coastal Productivity and Predator Trophic Dynamics using Compound-specific Stable Isotopes from Archival Bone Specimens

This project uses a new, state-of-the-art technique called compound-specific isotope analysis to examine the ratios of two nitrogen isotopes in archived seal bone collagen. With these data, researchers will be able to address hypotheses about the role of increasing marine predator biomass on coastal ecosystems.

Principal Investigator
Gordon Holtgrieve

Reviving the Past to Protect the Future: Developing a Social-Ecological Clam Garden site selection model

Researchers are creating a model to determine the best place to install the first present-day clam garden in the U.S.

Principal Investigator
Julie Barber

The Environmental and Economic Impacts of Moorage Marinas on the West Coast

Regional researchers are calculating the wide range of economic and environmental impacts associated with moorage marinas in Washington and Southern California. Results will provide more reliable coastal development strategies for moorage marina policies.

Principal Investigator
Christine Bae

Toward Sustainable Geoduck Aquaculture Management in Puget Sound: Assessing Policy and Social Dimensions

Researchers are analyzing geoduck aquaculture policies and the associated stakeholder interests to answer concerns regarding the recent aquaculture expansion.

Principal Investigator
Clare Ryan

Understanding Potential Impacts of Seasonal Hypoxia Along the Quinault Reservation Coast

This project will create a low-cost model nearshore and a shore-based monitoring network that will engage tribal fishers and youth in gathering coastal water-quality information related to ocean acidification.

Principal Investigator
Ervin Joe Schumacker

Hazards and Resilience

Coastal hazard planning: the role of governance in community resilience

Researchers examine legal and policy factors affecting a coastal community's ability to move vital infrastructure out of the way of tsunamis and other natural hazards.

Principal Investigator
Clare Ryan

Developing Baseline Data on Native Eelgrass to Inform Conservation Strategies 

This project seeks to determine the population structure and the genetic basis of phenotypic diversity in native eelgrass (Zostera marina) populations in Washington State.

Principal Investigator
Kerry Naish

Juvenile Salmon response to Innovative Seawall Enhancements: Application of a Hydroacoustic Camera Approach

Researchers provide precise data on the benefits of Seattle seawall enhancements, enabling managers to choose the best elements for improving juvenile salmon survival and adult returns.

Principal Investigator
Jeffery Cordell

Planning for Coastal Community Resilience to Tsunamis Using Transportation and Disaster Recovery Modeling

This project models community recovery trajectories for Pacific County, synthesizing current estimates of prospective loses, community input, and computer simulations in order to understand coastal community resilience

Principal Investigator
Scott Miles

Projections of Ocean Properties Along the Washington Coast Related to Environmental Health

Researchers developed a new modeling system that forecasts cyclical and climate-driven changes in regional ocean conditions. The system also has many other potential applications.

Principal Investigator
Nicholas Bond

Reviving the Past to Protect the Future: Developing a Social-Ecological Clam Garden site selection model

Researchers are creating a model to determine the best place to install the first present-day clam garden in the U.S.

Principal Investigator
Julie Barber

Sea School

Researchers address the maritime workforce capacity needs by creating Sea School, an initiative that provides vocational training and outreach to inform young people about maritime careers.

Principal Investigator
Brandi Bednarik

Successful Adaptation: Identifying Effective Process and Outcome Characteristics and Practice-Relevant Metrics

With funding from West Coast Sea Grant programs, researchers assist leading scientists and West Coast adaptation practitioners in developing guidelines and potential metrics for measuring successful adaptation to climate change in coastal communities.

Principal Investigator
Pamela Matson (regional lead); Amy Snover (Washington lead)

Zostera marina and Crassostrea gigas as potential partners in a changing ocean

Researchers will assess whether native eelgrass and Pacific oysters can synergistically enhance their environments.

Principal Investigator
Carolyn Friedman

Ocean Literacy

Basic Watchstanding for Fishing Crews

A low cost curriculum is was developed to improve fishing crew competency in vessel operation, which will reduce the risk of accidents.

Principal Investigator
Jake Beattie

Columbia River Estuary Science Education and Outreach (CRESCENDO): a landscape-scale university–high school partnership integrating scientific and educational research

High school students gather water, plankton and hydrographic data in the Columbia River estuary, to learn about and assess relative effects of cumulative watershed drainage and local factors such as sewage outflows.

Principal Investigator
Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens

Experience Maritime Project (EMP): a hands-on introduction to careers and pathways in the maritime industry

Seattle Maritime Academy invests in creation of a summer experience that introduces high school students to rewarding ocean-related careers and assists in building Washington's maritime workforce capacity.

Principal Investigator
Sarah Scherer

Maritime Discovery Schools Initiative

Project supports an initiative of Port Townsend Schools and marine professionals to integrate maritime skills and at-sea experience into local K-12 educational curricula.

Principal Investigator
Sarah Rubenstein

Reviving the Past to Protect the Future: Developing a Social-Ecological Clam Garden site selection model

Researchers are creating a model to determine the best place to install the first present-day clam garden in the U.S.

Principal Investigator
Julie Barber

Scaling Up Cost-Efficient Community Engagement in Coastal Resource Management

Researchers will identify the key elements leading to successful citizen science endeavors using COASST as a model.

Principal Investigator
Julia Parrish

Sea School

Researchers address the maritime workforce capacity needs by creating Sea School, an initiative that provides vocational training and outreach to inform young people about maritime careers.

Principal Investigator
Brandi Bednarik