MES News & Updates

Scanning Electron Microscopy, Sea Stars & Viruses

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This last year, my thesis research has explored the possibility of developing a method that could successfully implement Scanning Electron Microscopy to identify sea star-associated densoviurs in purple-orange ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) infected with sea star wasting disease. The impetus for this research is to create a method that is both cost-effective and accessible for researchers with limited access to funding resources.  This would allow greater accessibility for potential contributions to sea star wasting disease literature.

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Spring 2018 Thesis Presentations

 

Tuesday, May 22, 4-6 pm, Purce Lecture Hall 3

 

4:00    Kyle McCormick, “Fish assemblages in Zostera Marina” (John Withey)

 

4:20    Tyler Goodman, “Understanding amphibian behavior: Diel cover use patterns in alpine lakes with and without salmonids” (John Withey)

 

4:40    Tara Newman, “Changes in water-associated bird abundance on Capitol Lake and Budd Inlet from 1987 to 2017” (John Withey)

 

5:00    BREAK

 

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Allison's Visit to the US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology Conference (US-IALE)

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I somewhat haphazardly discovered the US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology  (US-IALE) while anxiously searching the internet for keywords associated with my thesis research on wildlife corridors. They just so happened to have their annual meeting schedule for early April 2018, so after consulting my thesis advisor on the legitimacy of the meeting (it’s best to check, right?) I decided to take the jump and register.

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Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

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A couple MES students were able to attend the Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference. The conference "...is a platform for empowering and inspiring change making, facilitating action, and for sharing, networking, and collaboration related to sustainability within the region's higher education institutions.

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Jessica's Crappy Summer with Foxes at Mt. Rainier National Park

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This past summer I had the opportunity to begin my thesis research at Mount Rainier National Park (MORA) by collecting Cascade red fox and coyote scat samples. My thesis project is looking at the prevalence of endoparasites and viruses within these wild canid species to help aid future conservation measures for the rare Cascade red fox. Scat samples were mostly collected by a team of wildlife surveyors working under my advisor and thesis reader, Tara Chestnut (MORA wildlife ecologist).

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