Shellfish Research and Information
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Join the SoundToxins volunteer phytoplankton monitoring program and contribute toward early warning of HAB events. Learn more...


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The man with a plan

PSI researcher, Andy Surhbier helps shellfish growers adapt to changing ocean conditions.

Opportunities for Students at PSI

The Pacific Shellfish Institute values and supports significant and meaningful involvement by students and volunteers in our research and outreach.

Shellfish research and information services for the U.S. West Coast

We strive for projects that link PSI focused interests and staffing with participation by graduate, undergraduate and secondary students. Our past success working with students has helped us to recognize the value of such activities to the student, the project, and PSI.

Opportunities for student participation could include collaborative projects in the fields of biology, ecology, environmental sciences, natural resource policy, and community development research as well as related outreach and engagement. We are committed to working with students to explore opportunities for internships, work-study, and volunteering. At imes, PSI also offers temporary paid opportunities for students interested in assisting with lab work or shellfish surveys.

If you are a student or a teacher of students, please contact us with your interests and ideas. Together, we can enhance research and outreach programming and provide valuable hands-on experience for students.

For more information on internship and volunteer opportunities at PSI, contact:

Bobbi Hudson
Tel. 360-754-2741


Student Research

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Video Analysis of Seasonal Habitat Utilization on Shellfish Farms

Lisa Abdulghani, a Master’s candidate at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA braves the winter weather to conduct research for PSI into how organisms may utilize shellfish aquaculture as a form of habitat.

Lisa is visiting shellfish farms and interacting with local growers to learn about their aquaculture practices and deploying underwater cameras at several shellfish farms to capture and analyze still images and video of the habitat created by these activities.