# abrown's blog

## I-1631 failed. What's next?

Posted on December 12, 2018 - 1:49pm, by abrown

By Lou Forristall

What do Orcas have to do with I-1631? Nothing, yet. That’s a problem. Photo Credit: Oregon State University

## Simply Science, Part V: How the Ocean Gives us Every Other Breath

Posted on June 6, 2018 - 1:27pm, by abrown

By Samantha Farquhar

Take a breath….and thank the trees.

Now take another breath…..but this time thank the ocean.

Yes, the ocean. It has been estimated that 50% of the global oxygen supply comes from the ocean.

How does the ocean do this? By providing a home to plant-like organisms called phytoplankton.

Posted on May 28, 2018 - 3:02pm, by abrown

By Ashley Bagley

I’m avidly following my steelhead’s migration down the Skokomish River—so far it has migrated 34 miles from its rearing site, headed for the Pacific Ocean!

## Simply Science, Part IV: Ghosts Under the Oyster Bed: Why the Washington Department of Ecology Rejected a New Pesticide for Oyster Farm

Posted on May 28, 2018 - 3:00pm, by abrown

By Danielle Edelman

## Ocean Acidification on the Half Shell: A SMEA Student's Experience Running the "Boring" Booth at a Seafood Festival

Posted on May 28, 2018 - 2:58pm, by abrown

By Danielle Edelman

A few weeks ago, I found myself sitting behind a table covered in bottles of sea water, pH-test kits, and posters with pictures of pitted and dissolving snail shells. I had a coffee in one hand and a bowl of steamed clams and mussels in the other. As I looked around at the booths next to mine, I spotted a family with two kids. I smiled and asked “would you like to do a science experiment?” The two kids glanced at my booth, then looked away and walked with their parents toward the ice cream stand.

## Simply Science, Part III: Dog Teams and Feces: the Unlikely Heroes of Orca Conservation

Posted on May 28, 2018 - 2:56pm, by abrown

By Katie Keil and Kaitlin Lebon

This story is part III of the Simply Science Series, where we’re delving into research conducted in our own backyard

## Frankenfish: Beyond the Myth

Posted on May 28, 2018 - 2:54pm, by abrown

By Katie Keil

On April 26, 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an application for a genetically engineered (GE) salmon facility in Indiana, paving the way for “frankenfish” to be commercially produced on US soil for the first time. These “frankenfish”, containing genetic information from three different species, were first demonstrated in 1989 but have had difficulty garnering consumer support.