Digital Cocktails & Fishtales – The Mussels Behind Community Science

*Due to the pandemic, this presentation will take place on Facebook Live

Mussels and Community Science Volunteers Help Monitor Pollution in Puget Sound

Come join us for an evening learning about how transplanted mussels are used to monitor pollution in the Puget Sound nearshore and how community science partners are essential in helping to survey this large geographic area. We’ll further discuss the current status and geographic distribution of contaminants found in the study mussels and changes observed over time. 


Mariko Langness is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist with the WDFW Toxics Biological Observation System (TBiOS) team. She supports TBiOS monitoring programs to determine the extent and magnitude of toxic contaminants in marine and salmonid species living in Puget Sound and Washington’s Pacific coast. Her work is largely focused on conducting biennial Washington StateMussel Watch surveys to assess the status and trends of toxic contaminants in nearshore biota using transplanted native bay mussels. 

Danielle Nordstrom has been with the Washington Department of Fish andWildlife since 2016.  She first joinedthe agency within the Salmon and Steelhead Management team tracking commercialsalmon and halibut catch data.  In 2017,she added to her duties and joined the TBiOS team as a scientific technician toprovide support to research studies and long-term monitoring for toxiccontaminants in Puget Sound biota.  Shehas recently moved into a biologist position which manages field and laboratoryefforts for WDFW’s biennial mussel monitoring survey.  Danielle received her B.Sc. in 2015 from TheEvergreen State College with emphasis on Marine Biology and Botany.  Since graduating, she has contributed to a varietyof laboratory and fieldwork projects as well as environmental education andcommunity outreach.


Cocktails & Fishtales is Harbor WildWatch’s science-social series. Held monthly, these programs feature a scientist, researcher, or environmental artist on an ecological topic. While these programs are traditionally 21+ and held at a local taproom or venue, during the pandemic they have shifted to an online format for all ages. They continue to serve as an engaging and interactive way to learn about the environment, and bring together eco-enthusiasts from our local community… and, now, beyond. Questions and interaction are highly encouraged!

Cocktails & Fishtales are educational events. As such, Harbor WildWatch does not endorse any speaker, service, or product represented at Cocktails & Fishtales.

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Aug 18 2021


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


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