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New Padilla Bay coastal resource specialist Roger Fuller digging invasive spartina cordgrass.

New Coastal Resource Specialist

We would like to welcome Roger Fuller as the new Coastal Resource Specialist at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Roger will take the lead on research and management related to natural resources at Padilla Bay. You'll find him tracking down invasive species like European green crab, and restoring and fostering native marine and upland habitats and species of all kinds. Roger brings his passion for, and expertise about, plant communities and coastal ecosystems, their ecological functions, and how they respond to a changing climate. Prior to coming to Padilla Bay, Roger held a research faculty position with Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment and spent more than a decade working with The Nature Conservancy on a wide range of coastal Salish Sea restoration projects. Roger also has a master's degree in plant ecology from the University of Washington. We are excited to have Roger joining the Research and Monitoring team at Padilla Bay. 

Composite photo of research interns working at Padilla Bay. Clockwise, interns map and then measure eelgrass in the field, and education intern teaching children at the estuarine research reserve.

Padilla Bay summer Interns

No road trips to the beach or summer jobs at the local mini mart for these student interns. Hillary Thalmann and Jennifer Baxtor spent their summer splashing through eelgrass beds and slogging across Padilla Bay’s mudflats. Their field work and data entry/analysis contributed to an ongoing mapping project using GIS and aerial photography to determine changes in coastal habitats. We’re studying how climate change and accompanying sea level rise might impact the more than 8,000+ acres of eelgrass and other intertidal habitats in Padilla Bay. 

Jennifer returns to Western Washington University’s (WWU) Huxley College of the Environment in the fall to finish her BS. Hillary, a WWU graduate, starts a Master’s program at Oregon State University at Newport.

Education intern, Ben Peterson also spent time on the mudflats, but his summer experience involved teaching scores of children and families how to navigate the mud and discover the animals and plants living there. Ben taught preschoolers about amphipods, introduced teachers to lessons on ocean habitats, led high schoolers into eelgrass meadows, and added excitement to Padilla Bay’s Facebook page. He also returns to WWU to finish his degree in environmental science focused on marine ecology, anthropology, and environmental education.

Internships are made possible through generous donations to the Padilla Bay Foundation in support of research and education programs at the Reserve. 

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