Tetiaroa Society has had a long and productive partnership with the University of Washington, largely because of the support of Tetiaroa Society Board Member David Seeley and his family (Huskies one and all, pictured right with his daughter and wife).
This partnership has resulted in three long-term research programs studying:
- Ocean Acidification,
- Shark Population Ecology, and
- Seabird Conservation (with additional support from UW alumni Ric Anderson and Dan Alexander).
On January 20, the Labs Unlocked event held at UW College of the Environment's featured this exciting research. It was an interactive, thought-provoking evening where guests learned how UW College of the Environment's faculty and students are developing new ideas and technologies on this remote and pristine location to help safeguard the world's seas and marine life in a changing climate.
“I had an amazing opportunity to share Marlon Brando’s original vision to have ground-breaking science occur on Tetiaroa Atoll with approximately 75 University of Washington supporters. It's inspiring to see this unique partnership between my family, many scientists from the University of Washington and Tetiaroa Society successfully fulfilling this vision."
"The event created a lot of great interest about the science occurring on Tetiaroa and the strong partnership that exists.”
Following opening remarks, guests were able to learn more about the work being done on Tetiaroa by participating in three different lab stations. They included:
Fighting for the health of our coral reefs
- Alex Gagnon, faculty, School of Oceanography, Gagnon Labs
Tetiaroa: A seabird paradise
- Sarah Converse, faculty, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Quantitative Conservation Lab
- Beth Gardner, faculty, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Quantitative Ecology Lab
Unlocking the secrets of reef shark nurseries
- Aaron Wirsing, faculty, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, Predatory Ecology Lab