Shannon Point Marine Center

The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) is Western Washington University’s marine laboratory in Anacortes, Washington.  It is the home base for five WWU faculty members and marine scientists who integrate their research in organismal biology and ecology, community and ecosystem ecology, and ocean and organismal chemistry with undergraduate and graduate level training.  Over a dozen other faculty from a variety of departments at WWU and their students also conduct research at the facility. In addition to working on research projects at SPMC, undergraduates and graduate students can take Biology and Environmental Science courses and participate in community outreach activities at SPMC. 

This talk will describe some of the activities that take place at SPMC; opportunities for students to take courses, become involved in research projects, and participate in outreach activities; and, a description of Dr. Van Alstyne’s research on the chemical ecology of marine seaweeds and sea grasses.  

About the Speaker

A portrait of Dr. Van Alstyne in front of a river with a boat in the background
Kathy Van Alstyne
Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center

Dr. Kathy Van Alstyne is a Marine Scientist at Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, Washington, where she manages SPMC’s Marine Chemistry Facilities and conducts research on the chemical ecology and physiology of marine seaweeds, sea grasses, and invertebrates.  She is particularly interested in the role of that natural products play in mediating interactions among organisms, and the costs, benefits, and the ecological and environmental impacts of producing these metabolites.  Her research has included studies in the Pacific Northwest, Australia, New Zealand, Micronesia, and the Caribbean.

Environmental Speaker Series

The Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by the College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public. Talks are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in Academic Instructional Center West room 204 - AW-204. Talks will also be streamed via zoom. Register with the Alumni Association for the zoom link. Paid parking is available in lot C.

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