News from the SeaDoc Society
February 2016
People often wonder why a veterinary school is involved in designing healthy ecosystems. I think Chris Dunagan's story on how disease can impact ecosystem recovery (below) gives great examples of why veterinarians and other disease specialists play a critical role in Salish Sea recovery.
Jen Olson's recent publication on the two-headed seal pup also shows why it's important to study and understand disease, even when the findings do not support an ecosystem-level influence.
As always, we are grateful for your support. Thank you!
Joe Gaydos
Chief Scientist and Regional Director
Sand Lance hide in the sand. They were also hiding in existing data.
Sand Lance by Mandy Lindeberg/NOAA
Recently a team of scientists led by the Northwest Straits Commission took a deep dive into decades of data collected by scientists looking for juvenile salmon in the nearshore.
But they weren't interested in salmon. Instead, Jamey Sellek, Caroline Gibson, Suzanne Shull and SeaDoc's Joe Gaydos were interested in Pacific Sand Lance, which are often caught by accident during salmon sampling.
See what they found
When a seal births a two-headed pup, should we be concerned?
Photo: skeleton by Jeff Bradley, Burke Museum
You bet! In 2013, a stranded harbor seal was found with conjoined twins inside her. Because birth defects can be an indicator of high levels of contaminants or naturally-occuring toxins, SeaDoc and The Whale Museum investigated, looking for a possible cause.
Full story
How disease could impact the Salish Sea
orca by flickr user Kim, cc by sa, 2.0
For 15 years, SeaDoc has been working to make sure scientists and managers understand the role wildlife diseases can play in Salish Sea recovery efforts. From killer whales to salmon to sea stars, disease can impact populations and completely derail recovery, but many people working on ecosystem recovery still are not considering the pivotal role diseases can play. A recent piece by Christopher Dunagan in Salish Sea Currents features the work of SeaDoc and explains why disease is the rogue wave that can capsize ecosystem restoration efforts.
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Four new faces on the SeaDoc board of directors
We're excited to announce that four new board members have joined the SeaDoc Society board of directors, replacing four long-time members who have rotated off.
Left to right: Ashley Ebbeler, Marguerite Pappaioanou, Janice D'Amato, Jo Seel.
Can you guess which one studied aerial acrobatics on her first day of flight lessons? Or which one was the staff veterinarian for a 300-mile sled dog race in Alaska?
Meet the new board members
SeaDoc-funded scientist honored by Seattle Aquarium
photo by Seattle Aquarium
On January 27, Dr. Jeffrey Cordell was awarded the Seattle Aquarium's Conservation Research Award. A researcher at the UW School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, Jeff has led the research and design team to incorporate salmon-friendly habitat into Seattle's new waterfront. He's also a past SeaDoc-funded scientist. Congrats Jeff! Side note: Last year's winner, Dr. Terrie Klinger, is a past SeaDoc Science Adviser and SeaDoc's own Joe Gaydos received the award in 2014. Also honored by the Aquarium was Peter Seligman, co-founder of Conservation International, who received the 2016 Seattle Aquarium Medal.
Marine Lecture: Serge Dedina on "Surfing the Border: Adventures at the Edge of the Ocean"
Conservationist Serge Dedina, co-founder and executive director of WILDCOAST, has dedicated his life to protecting the coastline of California and Mexico. Working on both sides of the border, Dedina has been instrumental in preserving more than 1.8 million acres of coastal habitat. His books include Surfing the Border, Saving the Gray Whale and Wild Sea.
Join us at 7pm on Wednesday, February 24 at the Emmanuel Parish Hall on the water in Eastsound for what promises to be a fascinating talk on coastal conservation.

Event Details
SeaDoc in the news
SeaDoc's Joe Gaydos was featured in a short piece about a recent 2-day meeting of scientists hosted by the Seattle Aquarium to discuss research into Sea Star Wasting Disease. Watch the video.
Cascadia Weekly praises The Salish Sea as "science made interesting and relevant"
Writing in Cascadia Weekly, Lisa Gresham praised the photographs and text in The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest. She wrote, "
Know someone who is new to Whatcom County? The Salish Sea provides a great overview of our animal cohabitants and a solid understanding of the dynamics of this ecosystem, and is full of fascinating facts."
Upcoming events
NASA researcher and UW professor Peter Cavanagh will explain the intricacies of bird flight and how our observation of it has influenced aircraft design. Sponsored by the Friends of the San Juans, Orcas Currents, and the Port of Orcas. Free.
Serge Dedina: Surfing the Border
WEDNESDAY, February 24, 7pm
SeaDoc Marine Lecture: Ocean advocate Serge Dedina speaks on his efforts to protect coastal habitats on both sides of the US/Mexican border. Please note that this talk does not follow our usual "second Tuesday" routine! Emmanuel Parish Hall, Eastsound. Free.
SeaDoc Marine Lecture: Eleni Petrou of the University of Washington will speak on the relationship between Pacific herring and human communities in a talk entitled, "Chasing the Silver Sea of Fish." Emmanuel Parish Hall, Eastsound. Free.
Joe will speak on the Salish Sea and sign books at the LOTT WET Center in Olympia.
The next Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is April 13-16 in Vancouver BC. Details are here.
Joe will speak on the Salish Sea and sign books. All are welcome. The meeting takes place at the Whatcom Museum.
Joe will speak on the Salish Sea and sign books at the regular monthly meeting of Kitsap Audubon.
SeaDoc Wine and Sea Auction
Saturday, July 9, 2016, 5pm
Details to come. Please mark your calendar!
About SeaDoc
The SeaDoc Society uses science to find solutions to the problems facing marine ecosystems. Our work focuses on the Salish Sea, one of the most ecologically productive inland seas in the world. The Salish Sea extends from Olympia, Washington to Campbell River, BC., and is home to over 8 million people.
We are a program of the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, a center of excellence at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
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