Conservation, Restoration and the Challenge of Complex Life Histories

Magnified view of tiny sea creature

Thursday, January 27, 2022
4:30 p.m. PT




Check out this video to watch the Conservation, Restoration and the Challenge of Complex Life Histories.

Environmental Speaker Series

Brought to you by the College of the Environment and the Salish Sea Institute in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association

Loss of corals around the world is a well-publicized example of change in our oceans, but in the Salish Sea we have seen abalone nearly disappear while wasting syndrome has devastated seastar populations. At the same time, invasive European green crab populations threaten to overwhelm some local habitats. A feature common to corals, abalone, seastars, and green crabs is a life history that includes multiple life stages. Such complex life cycles create special challenges to studying, understanding, and managing invertebrate populations, yet research that addresses all life stages is critical in our efforts to protect and restore our marine environments.

More information about the speaker series is available here.

We are excited that we will be live-streaming from a WWU classroom for the webinar for our off-campus audience. Due to the pandemic, only WWU students will be in-person for the presentation but we look forward to welcoming you all to class virtually.

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Brian Bingham

Brian Bingham


Brian Bingham is Director of Marine and Coastal Science at Western Washington University. His research focuses on marine invertebrate ecology with a recent emphasis on symbiosis between sea anemones and the photosynthetic algae they host. He has taught courses in invertebrate biology, experimental design and statistics, and science writing. He also directs the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program at the Shannon Point Marine Center.

Questions and Accommodations

Stefan Freelan

Stefan Freelan is the coordinator of the Environmental Speaker Series. Send email to or call (360) 650-2949 if you have any questions or comments.
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