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Annual Departmental Retreat: It's a thing of beauty

This weekend, the department participated in the annual tradition of retreating to the San Juan Islands before the start of the academic year. Faculty, grads, and postdocs reunite after a summer spent scattered across the globe in pursuit of knowledge, to catch up on what everyone has been doing and get revved up about the coming year. 


Friday Harbor Labs is an idyllic setting and the weather couldn't have been better. Check out these photos from grads:


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One of the favorite past times of being at the labs is exploring the world renowned marine diversity, you basically can't walk two feet without tripping over it. Here were some finds from this weekend:


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If you thought that bucket of inverts was cool, you're absolutely right - check them out in motion here (from Yasmeen Hussain):



And there were even some human activities at this thing too! Highlights include Katie…

Grad Publication: Ethan Linck

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Ethan Linck (Klicka Lab) explores the interaction of countervailing evolutionary forces in island biogeographic theory in a new paper in Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Reposted from Beyond the Ranges.
Scientists often assume species living on oceanic islands have strong dispersal ability, surmising that colonizing these isolated, far-flung land masses in the first place would have required the ability to travel vast distances. Oceanic islands are also often known for their endemic species — organisms that are found nowhere else. Taken together, these two statements constitute a famous paradox in the field of island biogeography, a scientific discipline focused on studying the distributions of island organisms. The paradox goes: If island species are able to cover the great distances required to colonize their homes, shouldn’t this ability also maintain sufficient gene flow (the process of migrants from one population interbreeding with another, which tends to make both more si…