Institute News

Cover of Hope Matters book by Elin Kelsey

Strategies for Countering Climate Doomism

We were delighted to host Elin Kelsey, one of our Salish Sea Fellows, March 4-6th at WWU to learn from her about Evidence-Based Hope specifically aimed at “combating climate doomism”. Elin spoke at a climate class, had lunch with students, provided a hybrid talk and met community members at a local brewery. Given the popularity of her talks and feedback from students, we know this is an important topic and will continue to focus on Hope for the Salish Sea in upcoming events. 


The Salish Sea Institute has launched our second Call for Fellows!

Applications are being reviewed!

We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds including professors, postdoctoral researchers, advanced PhD candidates, knowledge holders, public agency and Tribal/First Nation government employees, and  investigative journalists.

Fellows conduct research projects (see topics in the link below) and share knowledge of current challenges and opportunities for managing and protecting the Salish Sea and participate in cohort activities. Find out more and apply here: https://lnkd.in/grMBhqyT

Student Caitlyn Blair standing on beach

Salish Sea Studies student: Caitlyn Blair

We are excited to share this great article on Caitlyn Blair, a WWU graduate and a student of the Salish Sea Institute's Salish Sea Studies Minor. She helped the Institute and fellow students in so many ways, and is now doing amazing work as a program coordinator with the NW Straits Commission. We love seeing the impact that Salish Sea Studies students like Caitlyn are having in the Salish Sea!

Photo credit: Luke Hollister

Publications and Webinars

Emerging Issues in the Salish Sea: Issue 4

Photo from top of Indian Arm looking south towards Burrard Inlet

Using Ethnohistoric Data to Correct Historical Ecological Baselines: Urbanization and the Collapse of Forage Fish in Vancouver

Emerging Issues in the Salish Sea: Issue 3

A giant container ship is docked at a port facility

Supply Chain Narratives in the Salish Sea's Transboundary Ecosystem: News Media and Public Positioning of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Expansion

Emerging Issues in the Salish Sea: Issue 2

A Southern Resident killer whale's head and pectoral fins break the surface of the water in a behavior known as "spy hopping." Another Southern Resident killer whale's dorsal fin is visible nearby.

How Much is Too Much Noise for the Southern Resident Killer Whales?

Policy Brief

A map of the Skagit River watershed and floodplain

Learning from the Past: Governing Transboundary Nooksack River Flooding


‘Orca-tober’ webinar

An orca whale on the surface of the surface of the Salish Sea, with a grey, cloudless sky in the background.

On October 23 the Salish Sea Institute hosted a webinar on helping killer whales of the Salish Sea featuring Dr. Deborah Giles, Monika Weiland Shields and Misty MacDuffee.

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Webinar

Huge white cranes rise above a massive ship loaded with cargo containers at the twin-terminal Roberts Bank port facility in Delta, British Columbia

The Salish Sea Institute hosted a webinar on the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project on October 10 featuring Ginny Broadhurst, Natalie Baloy and Derek Moscato.

The Return of Humpback Whales to the Salish Sea

Humpback whale surfacing

In this video by Bob Turner (also a Salish Sea Institute Fellow) learn more about why humpback whales are returning to the Salish Sea in larger numbers and what this means for the health of the Salish Sea.