Symposium 2015: More Students, More Fun!

September 23, 2015

Students at the Symposium

The 7th Annual Salish Sea Student Science Symposium saw record attendance this May with more than 120 student scientists presenting their research findings in the day-long event.

Presentations covered variety of research topics, including longevity studies on how crab and anemone populations have changed over time on Mukilteo beach; an environmental impact study for a boat marina; a comparison of plankton quantities found at different depths in the Puget Sound; and a water quality study in Redmond.

Symposium presentation

Between student presentation sessions, attendees heard keynote speaker Dr. Nina Bednaršek talk about her research on ocean acidification and its effect on the shells of pteropods (“sea butterflies”), tiny mollusks that live in the water column of all oceans.

This was the first year that the symposium was hosted in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium. The symposium provides a venue for Puget Sound- area middle and high school students that have conducted original research to present their findings, and receive feedback from other student scientists and members of the scientific community.

To see examples of past student research, visit our website.

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