Contribution to Education and Human Resources

The work described here will contribute significantly to education and the development of human resources in science at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. The project will provide financial support and direct involvement in field and laboratory research for a minimum of four undergraduates, eight graduate students, and as many as two postdoctoral students (funded by other sources). The students will have major responsibility for collecting, identification, curation, and data collection, analysis, and interpretation. They will also share authorship and be full participants in the preparation of reports and publications. The graduate students will also gain experience through presentation of the results of the survey at seminars both within the University of Washington and at national meetings. All personnel will benefit greatly from the interdisciplinary and international aspects of this proposal. The collaborative interaction between scientists of diverse interest and training will provide a unique opportunity to address important new questions ranging from comparative biology to conservation.

Theodore W. Pietsch, Victor V. Bogatov, and Kunio Amaoka, leaders of the American, Russian, and Japanese teams, respectively.

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