M. Patricia Morse

M. Patricia Morse is a marine biologist and science educator and has researched molluscs for many years at the UW Friday Harbor Laboratories. Trish holds a BS degree from Bates College (and served on the Bates Board of Trustees for 36 years), an MS and Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire, and an honorary D.Sc. from Plymouth State College. For thirty-four years, she was Professor of Biology at Northeastern University and the last four of those years were spent as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) before she joined the University of Washington in the Department of Biology She is the third recipient of the American Institute for Biological Sciences (AIBS) Education Award, has served as President of Sigma Xi the Honorary Scientific Research Society, and the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and served as chair of a National Academies of Sciences NRC Committee on “Attracting Science and Mathematics Ph.Ds. to K-12 Education.” On San Juan Island, Morse served on the Board (and is a past Chair) of the Spring Street International School, is currently a member of the Advancement Board (and Past Chair) of the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Peace Island Volunteers.

Artist’s Statement: Being a native of Woods Hole Cape Cod in Massachusetts, I spent time in the shop of an amazing pair of silversmiths. Mr. Stave Panis, an Albanian silversmith and his wife Gladys, a graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art. Over the years, I was taught, the procedures of working with sterling silver jewelry. But the science associated with marine organisms was my passion. Some sixty years later, I am now a retired Professor. During those years, I illustrated numerous scientific papers, but only “once in a while” would I create a pin or bracelet in sterling silver.

Now living full time on San Juan Island, I have built a small studio and I have brought together the tools from these mentors and the background from working with a variety of marine organisms. It takes a lifetime to become competent working with silver – and I do not have lots of time left! However, I wish to remain innovative and creative, not repeating any one design too many times. So, I will let this wonderful endeavor develop, and when I have some things together, let my “email” list know where they will be sold.

During my scientific career, I worked on how clams “pee” and blue mussels were one of my experimental subjects. My studio is named after those oceanfront inhabitants.