Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Octopress Online
October 2019

Halloween is near--ever have your candy stolen? This sun star received a nice fish head from PTMSC intern Sophie Boyd, only to have it SWIPED by a sneaky helmet crab! Just a reminder to keep your fish heads close this autumn season.

photos by Wendy Feltham



photo by Penelope Jensen

All lectures take place in the Chapel at Fort Worden at 3 pm on the designated day.

Thanks to the Darrow Family for their ongoing support.




Sunday, October 20, 2019
Alex Gagnon, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chemical Oceanography
University of Washington

read bio here

The Salish Sea's Native Corals:
A New Tool to Monitor Ocean Acidification

Gagnon's lecture will focus on cold-water corals, including species native to the Pacific Northwest. "Many coral reefs are in decline due to rising temperatures and ocean acidification," Gagnon said. "What few people know is that stony corals do not live just in the tropics. A few hardy species of stony corals grow right here in the Pacific Northwest ... these native corals record information about ocean chemistry as they grow and may hold the key to understanding how much humans have changed the pH of the Salish Sea.”



November 10
Julie Keister, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biological Oceanography
University of Washington

read bio here

Lecture: The Zooplankton of Puget Sound:
Links to Climate and Fisheries

(learn more)

December 8
Carla Stehr

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, retired
read bio here

Lecture: Art and Science of the Marine Micro World
(learn more)

January 12
John Calambokidis

Cascadia Research
read bio here

Lecture: Recent Changes in Large Whale Occurrence
and Threats in Washington 
(learn more)

February 9
Neil Harrington

Environmental Biologist, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
read bio here

Lecture: Toxic Phytoplankton of the Pacific Northwest (learn more)


Fall Migration Cruises

Saturdays, October 12 & 19

in partnership with Puget Sound Express

Marvel at the treasure that is Protection Island as naturalist Roger Risley shares his vast knowledge about the preserve and its wildlife inhabitants. 

Click below to reserve your spot and to learn more about this experience--and don't forget to bring your camera!


"Cruisin' The Fossil Coastline"

Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson
Lecture and Book Signing

Saturday, November 16 

7 pm

Commons at Fort Worden State Park

$5 general public
(FREE to PTMSC Octopus & Orca members)

Port Townsend Marine Science Center to host lecture and book signing by paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll

Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson will discuss their recent book, “Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline,” which they co-authored following a lengthy trip from Baja, Calif., to northern Alaska in search of the fossil secrets of North America’s Pacific coast, one of the oldest on earth. It is a rich ground for discovery, including extinct marine mammals, pygmy mammoths, polar dinosaurs, California walruses and more. The pair will share photographs and artworks created over the last decade for the book, along with tales and anecdotes from their many fossil adventures up and down the west coast.


This event co-sponsored with:



Attend this session and learn about PTMSC and the volunteer opportunities available. 

Tuesday, October 15

Orientation is 4--5:30 p.m. in the Museum classroom (building 502, on the shore)

For more information or to RSVP, contact Gabriele at volunteer@ptmsc.org.
For more information, we encourage you to visit https://ptmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer



Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays

noon to 5 pm

$5 adults, $3 youth (ages 6-17), kids FREE (ages 5 and under)


Contact Us

Port Townsend Marine Science Center
532 Battery Way

Port Townsend, Washington 98368
(360) 385-5582

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