Blog post inspires Seattle Times/AP story

Otoliths

My favorite days at the Burke are when I can go into the collections and help tell a story about why we collect. Last fall, I heard about a collection of two million fish ear bones, called otoliths, that were being added to our fish collection and went to report about the incredible environmental insights we can learn from these tiny, but invaluable, fish ear bones.

I wrote a Burke Blog post about the collection and eventually expanded it into a story for QUEST Science. It caught the attention of a Seattle Times science reporter who wrote an expanded piece for the front page of the Sunday, July 21, 2013 Northwest section of the newspaper. Her editors submitted the story to the Associated Press and it was picked up by newspapers and online media across the nation. If only I could get that kind of reach out of each blog post…

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