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A unique lab class: UW students explore nation’s largest dam removal

A spring research apprenticeship course had nine undergraduates living at Friday Harbor Labs and studying what will happen to sediment released by dam removals on the Elwha River.

Marine apprenticeships give UW undergrads role in animal-ancestor breakthrough

Comb jellies – and not sponges – may lay claim as the earliest ancestors of animals, according to new research in Nature.

Sinuous skeletons, glowing blue and crimson, leap from lab to art world

Fish “stripped” to their skeletons and stained for UW research are now part of an art exhibit at the Seattle Aquarium.

Mantas, devil rays butchered for apothecary trade now identifiable

Dried filters from the mouths of filter-feeding rays started appearing in apothecary shops in recent years, but there’s been no way to know which of these gentle-natured rays was being slaughtered. Now scientists have discovered enough differences to identify the giant manta and eight devil rays using the dried filters.

Space-age domes offer a window on ocean acidification

At Friday Harbor Labs, students are conducting a three-week study on the effects of ocean acidification using a strategy that’s midway between a controlled lab test and an open-ocean experiment.

Mussels cramped by environmental factors

The fibrous threads helping mussels stay anchored are more prone to snap when ocean temperatures climb higher than normal.