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Interactions of geoduck clam aquaculture operations with intertidal ecosystems in southern Puget Sound, Washington USA


January 2007 - December 2017


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Peer Reviewed Publications

  • VanBlaricom, G.R., J.L. Eccles, J.D. Olden, and P.S. McDonald. 2015. Ecological effects of the harvest phase of geoduck clam (Panopea generosa Gould, 1850) aquaculture on infaunal communities in southern Puget Sound, Washington USA. Journal of Shellfish Research 34: 171-187.
  • McDonald, P.S., A.W.E. Galloway, K.C. McPeek, and G.R. VanBlaricom. 2015. Effects of geoduck (Panopea generosa) aquaculture on resident and transient macrofauna communities of Puget Sound, Washington, USA. Journal of Shellfish Research 34: 189-202. Abstract | 
  • McPeek, Kathleen C., P. Sean McDonald, and Glenn R. VanBlaricom. 2015. Aquaculture disturbance Impacts the diet but not ecological linkages of a ubiquitous predatory fish. Estuaries and Coasts 38: 1520-1534. doi: 10.1007/s12237-014-9909-z.


  • Price, Jennifer L. 2011. Quantifying the ecological impact of geoduck (Panopea generosa) aquaculture harvest practices on benthic infauna. Masters thesis, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington USA.
  • McPeek, Kathleen C. 2013. Food web impacts of geoduck clam aquaculture practices in Puget Sound, Washington. Masters thesis, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington USA.


  • VanBlaricom, G.R. Ecological effects of geoduck mariculture and harvest: Available information and some testable hypotheses. 15th Conference for Shellfish Growers. Washington Sea Grant College Program. Shelton, Washington, USA.
  • VanBlaricom, G.R. Conceptual approaches to the differentiation of natural and anthropogenic disturbances in benthic ecosystems, with consideration of impacts of geoduck aquaculture operations. Northwest Workshop on Bivalve Aquaculture and the Environment. Seattle, Washington, USA.
  • McDonald, P.S., J.L. Price, J.R. Cordell, T.E. Essington, A.W.E. Galloway, M.N. Dethier, D.A. Armstrong, and G.R. VanBlaricom. Effects of geoduck aquaculture on ecosystem structure and function: A progress report. Annual Joint Meeting of the Pacific Coast Section, National Shellfisheries Association, and the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association. Chelan, Washington, USA.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 1

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 19

Scientific Publications: 38

Presentations: 23



  • Glenn VanBlaricomPrincipal Investigator
  • P. Sean McDonaldCo-Principal Investigator
  • Julian D. OldenCo-Principal Investigator
  • Timothy E. EssingtonCo-Principal Investigator
  • David A. ArmstrongCo-Principal Investigator
  • Megan N. DethierNon-PI Collaborator
  • Jeffrey R. CordellNon-PI Collaborator
  • Jennifer PriceStudent
  • Kathleen McPeekStudent
  • Katherine ArmintroutStaff
  • Kristin ConnellyStaff
  • Brittany CummingsStaff
  • Julia EggersStaff
  • Ava FullerStaff
  • P. Frank StevickStaff
  • Chris HarveyCo-Principal Investigator
  • Bridgett E. FerrissNon-PI Collaborator
  • Reum JonathanNon-PI Collaborator

Funding Agencies

  • Department of Fisheries, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, Point No Point Treaty Council
  • Royalty Research Fund, University of Washington, Seattle WA
  • Washington Department of Ecology
  • Washington Department of Natural Resources, Olympia WA
  • Washington Sea Grant College Program
  • Washington Sea Grant Program, University of Washington, Seattle WA


Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Washington
  4. Washington Department of Ecology
  5. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
  6. Washington Department of Natural Resources
  7. Washington State University
  8. Wildlife Management Institute