Fidalgo Shoreline Academy, a day of learning for everyone is sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches. Register today and choose from a variety of presentations and interpretive walks offered by local and regional experts.
Keynote Address by Dr. Deborah Kelley "Deep Ocean Vents"
Dr. Deborah Kelley is a professor at the University of Washington School of Oceanography. Her research focuses on understanding the processes that link together active submarine volcanoes, hydrothermal vents, and the life that they support. Most of her research is focused on the local hydrothermal systems along the Juan de Fuca Ridge. Here limestone chimneys rise over 180 feet above the surrounding seafloor, resembling a city. These chimneys inspired her novel "Lost City Hydrothermal Field". This volcanic field has been active for at least 150,000 years.
Dr. Kelley is Assciate Director for Science for the National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative and has participated on over 30 blue water research expeditions and led deep sea missions in submersible robotic vehicles including over 50 dives in the three person submersible called Alvin at depths of 12,000 feet.
To learn more about Dr. Kelley's interesting work, come join us on April 5. You can learn more about her work at her UW webpage on the UW Interactive Oceans website. Choose from a variety of other presentations and interpretive walks offer by local and regional experts. The Academy's "Day of Learning" focuses on the general public and educators. Clock Hours Available for teachers.
Friends of Skagit Beaches is dedicated to supporting environmental education, citizen science, and stewardship. Our aim is to protect and preserve the local shoreline and marine treasures of Skagit County. Member donations support projects that help achieve this, so we invite you to become a Friends member today.
Our members and volunteers are your friends and neighbors. They work in their local communities to help people understand and protect the saltwater world around them. Friends works in partnership with other nonprofits, volunteers and researchers to protect our corner of the Salish Sea. Our projects contribute to Washington's efforts to restore the health of Puget Sound. Join us in preserving these important local resources for our enjoyment, our economy, and for future generations.