Restoring the Iconic Pinto Abalone in the Salish Sea
Thursday, February 10, 2022
4:30 p.m. PT
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Environmental Speaker Series
Brought to you by the College of the Environment, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Salish Sea Institute in partnership with the WWU Alumni Association
Populations of the native Pinto abalone, Haliotis kamtschatkana, have declined precipitously in the Salish Sea during the past few decades due to overexploitation. Despite fisheries closure, populations have not recovered because they are too small for reproduction to occur in the wild. Dr. Donovan's lab collaborates with the Puget Sound Restoration Fund and government agencies to restore abalone populations in the Salish Sea. In this talk, Dr. Donovan will report the results of WWU student projects focused on three aspects of restoration: optimizing rearing of juveniles at the hatchery, outplanting larval or juvenile abalone, and monitoring abalone at outplant sites.
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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Dr. Deb Donovan
Dr. Deb Donovan completed her PhD at the University of British Columbia where she studied the energetics of locomotion of the Pinto abalone, Haliotis kamtschatkana. She is generally interested in how marine invertebrates physiologically and morphologically respond to environmental change. Her research has come full circle and her lab is currently focused on Pinto abalone restoration, since local populations have declined precipitously in the last few decades. Dr. Donovan holds a joint appointment in the WWU Biology Department and the Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Group. She enjoys running, knitting, weaving, and spending time with her family.
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