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STEAM Cafe: Dr. Sarah Morley

  • LWGMS 810 18th Avenue Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)

The STEAM Department hosts STEAM Cafés once a month – a time for students to meet with female leaders in STEM fields and learn about their research or work. STEAM Cafés are a wonderful opportunity to open our students' minds to new careers and introduce them to STEM role models. Also, STEAM Cafés are a great way to invite community members into our building without impacting class schedules or curriculum.

This Wednesday, we will host Sarah Morley, Research Fishery Biologist with NOAA Fisheries.


Ms. Morley is a field ecologist whose research focuses on biological assessment: using biota to evaluate the condition of a place and better identify the causes of degradation. Within this broad framework, she has conducted research on the effects of urbanization on the health of Puget Sound  streams and estuaries and evaluated the effectiveness of various restoration actions across the Pacific Northwest. Ms. Morley holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from UC Berkeley and an M.S. in Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences from the University of Washington.

Current Research

Ms. Morley's current research projects include examining the effects of Elwha River dam removal on aquatic foodwebs, and the potential of green stormwater infrastructure to improve the health of urban streams. Recently completed projects include a study of shoreline armoring in the Duwamish River estuary and restoration of off-channel habitats in the Skagit, Quillayute, and Hoh River basins.

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Earlier Event: March 25
NWAIS Accreditation Visit
Later Event: April 24
STEAM Cafe: Frances Donegan-Ryan