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Disease epidemic and a marine heat wave are associated with the continental-scale collapse of a pivotal predator (Pycnopodia helianthoides) (Jan 30, 2019)

Melting Down: The ongoing mystery of sea star wasting disease (Fall, 2018)

Microbiome shifts with onset and progression of Sea Star Wasting Disease revealed through time course sampling (Oct 24, 2018)

Exploring the pathology of an epidermal disease affecting a circum-Antarctic sea star (July 27, 2018)

Decimation by sea star wasting disease and rapid genetic change in a keystone species, Pisaster ochraceus (May 14, 2018)

Reduction and recovery of keystone predation pressure after disease‐related mass mortality (Mar 23, 2018)

Large-scale impacts of sea star wasting disease (SSWD) on intertidal sea stars and implications for recovery (Mar 20, 2018)

Investigating the Complex Association Between Viral Ecology, Environment, and Northeast Pacific Sea Star Wasting (Mar 7, 2018)

Sea Star Wasting Disease in Asterias forbesi along the Atlantic Coast of North America (Dec 13, 2017)

Sea Star Wasting Disease Update 2017 (Nov 28, 2017)

Devastating Transboundary Impacts of Sea Star Wasting Disease on Subtidal Asteroids (Oct 26, 2016)

Sea Star Wasting Disease in the Keystone Predator Pisaster ochraceus in Oregon: Insights into Differential Population Impacts, Recovery, Predation Rate, and Temperature Effects from Long-Term Research (May 4, 2016)

What doesn't kill them makes them stronger: an association between elongation factor 1-α overdominance in the sea star Pisaster ochraceus and "seastar wasting disease'' (Mar 29, 2016)

Decreased Temperature Facilitates Short-Term Sea Star Wasting Disease Survival in the Keystone Intertidal Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus (Apr 29, 2016)

Ochre star mortality during the 2014 wasting disease epizootic: role of population size structure and temperature (Feb 15, 2016)

Densovirus associated with sea-star wasting disease and mass mortality (Nov 17, 2014)

Effects of temperature, season and locality on wasting disease in the keystone predatory sea star Pisaster ochraceus (Nov 9, 2009)

Sea Star Disease and Population Declines at the Channel Isalnds (1999)

Perspectives on the Structure and Dynamics of Nearshore Marine Assemblages of the California Channel Islands (1994)

Articles and News Broadcasts

What's killing sea stars? (Feb 4, 2019)

More starfish are dying from 'zombie disease' as oceans warm (Feb 4, 2019)

‘Underwater Zombie Apocalypse’ is Eradicating Key Ocean Species (Feb 4, 2019)

California has a weird new desert. It’s in the Pacific Ocean. (Feb 3, 2019)

“Shocking” Undersea Plague Is Obliterating Key Ocean Species (Feb 3, 2019)

Colorful sea star stricken by disease vanishes from most of the West Coast (Feb 2, 2019)

Massive Pacific Coast Starfish Die-Off Is Linked To Global Warming (Feb 2, 2019)

Disease, warm ocean water causing mass starfish die-off according to new study (Feb 1, 2019)

As Ocean Temperatures Rise, Sea Stars May Not Be The Only Ones Impacted By Infectious Disease (Jan 31, 2019)

California Coast Huge Starfish Die-Off Triggered By World Warming (Jan 31, 2019)

As Ocean Temperatures Rise, Sea Stars May Not Be The Only Ones Impacted By Infectious Disease (Jan 31, 2019)

Why Almost All of the West Coast’s Sunflower Sea Stars Have Wilted Away (Jan 31, 2019)

Sea Stars May Be Wiped Out By 'Underwater Zombie Apocalypse' (Jan 31, 2019)

Axios Science (Jan 31, 2019)

Sea Star Wasting Disease, Revisited (Jan 30, 2019)

Massive Starfish Die-Off Is Tied To Global Warming (Jan 30, 2019)

Key Sea Star Predator Wiped Out By Disease And Abnormally Warm Waters (Jan 30, 2019)

An 'Unprecedented' Epidemic Is Wiping Out the West Coast's Sea Stars (Jan 30, 2019)

A Starfish-Killing Disease Is Remaking the Oceans (Jan 30, 2019)

UVM professor making waves in marine biology research (Dec 28, 2018)

Microbes shed new light on mysterious sea star disease (Nov 21, 2018)

Millions of starfish are mysteriously dying, and now scientists think they know why (Nov 9, 2018)

Sea stars still wasting away in B.C. waters (Nov 2, 2018)

B.C.'s plans for rising sea levels 'may not be enough,' report warns (Nov 1, 2018)

Left for Dead, Starfish Bounce Back (Sep 29, 2018)

Sea Stars And Sea Otters Work Together To Maintain Canadian Kelp Forests (Aug 8, 2018)

How an Epidemic Exposed the Ecological Importance of Sea Stars (Aug 3, 2018)

Sea star die-off led to worrying decline in B.C.'s kelp forest, research reveals (Aug 1, 2018)

Video: Sea stars critical to kelp forest resilience (July 31, 2018)

Sunflower Stars: Rulers of the Reef (July 27, 2018)

SFU researcher discovers unique relationship between sea stars and kelp forests (July 25, 2018)

Mysterious disease killed tons of California starfish. This species fought back — by evolving (July 1, 2018)

Natural wonders: What is a starfish? (June 29, 2018)

Scientists: Due to the mutations of the sea star have become resistant to deadly diseases (June 26, 2018)

Nearly wiped out by mystery illness, California starfish make stunning recovery (June 22, 2018)

An unknown mutation is saving sea stars from wasting disease (June 20, 2018)

Following a Devastating Pandemic, California’s Sea Stars are Evolving (June 19, 2018)

Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study (June 19, 2018)

This Week in PNAS (June 19, 2018)

Sea Stars Started Dissolving. What Helped Some of Them Survive? (June 18, 2018)

Sea stars abound on Oregon coast after recovery from wasting disease (June 16, 2018)

Starfish on Oregon coast gradually recovering following wasting disease (June 10, 2018)

Locals train to become North Sound Stewards (May 23, 2018)

Many sea stars showing signs of recovery from disease (May 16, 2018)

Saving sea stars (May 12, 2018)

Long-Term Monitoring Aids Scientists Studying Sea Star Wasting Mystery (Apr 18, 2018)

Sea star wasting disease is still a mystery, but CSUF researchers are on the case (Apr 2, 2018)

Sea star epidemic still a mystery as effects ripple through ocean ecosystem (Mar 27, 2018)

Wasting Away (Mar 22, 2018)

Up to 99% of starfish on the west coast of North America have wasted away due to a mysterious epidemic (Mar 22, 2018)

Marine researchers say recent sea star wasting disease epidemic defies prediction (Mar 20, 2018)

More than one culprit is killing sea stars (Mar 14, 2018)

Scientists unravel complex factors of starfish diseases (Mar 8,2018)

Sea star die-off: “It may be the largest wildlife mortality event in recorded history” (Jan 5, 2018)

Starfish Population Continues To Struggle Along California Coast (Jan 2, 2018)

Sea Stars: Are they really making a comeback? (Jan 2, 2018)

Despite Glimmers of Hope, Starfish Are Still Wasting Away (Jan 2, 2018)

Sea star wasting syndrome decreasing on Peninsula but not gone yet (Dec 31, 2017)

Sea Stars Make a Comeback After Mysterious 'Goo' Disease Killed Millions (Dec 28, 2017)

Starfish Are Coming Back, After Wasting Syndrome Killed Thousands (Dec 28, 2017)

Starfish rebounding after mysterious wasting disease killed millions (Dec 26, 2017)

Indian Island: an ecosystem in recovery (Dec 1, 2017)

Sea stars continue to disappear from the North Island (Sept 21, 2017)

Volunteers transplant sea critters before Bainbridge dock work begins (Sept 1, 2017)

Can sea stars make a comeback in Kachemak Bay? (Aug 15, 2017)

Trinidad School Students Study Sea Star Wasting (June 5, 2017)

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Monitoring in Morro Bay (May 26, 2017)

After Die-Off, Sea Stars Face Uncertain Future (Feb 13, 2017)

Sunset tide pooling offers unique views (Jan 17, 2017)

Enigmatic Illness Destroys Seastars ("Starfish") from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bering Sea (Nov 28, 2016)

Reaching for the (Sea) Stars (Sept 13, 2016)

Owner of Morro Bay’s Kayak Horizons looks after the water (Aug 12, 2016)

Changing Oceans Breed Disease (July 1, 2016)

Starfish Baby Boom Surprises Biologists (May 24, 2016)

After a Huge Die-Off, Oregon’s Sea Stars Are Coming Back (May 9, 2016)

Starfish Baby Boom Brings Hope to Population Turning to Goo (May 9, 2016)

Sea star babies return in droves amid die-off (May 6, 2016)

Sea star juveniles abundant, but recovery is anything but guaranteed (May 5, 2016)

Sea star juveniles abundant following mass species die-off, but recovery is anything but guaranteed say OSU scientists (May 5, 2016)

Young sea star numbers exploding, but recovery uncertain (May 5, 2016)

Young sea star numbers soar in Oregon, 2 years after wasting disease hit (May 4, 2016)

Scientists study ecological fallout of sea star die-off (Apr 25, 2016)

Pool Party (Apr 19, 2016)

Sea star die-off remains a mystery (Apr 1, 2016)

Study finds warmer water plays role in sea star disease (Feb 24, 2016)

Millions of Starfish Deaths Linked to Warming Oceans (Feb 23, 2016)

Scientists now link massive starfish die-off, warming ocean (Feb 21, 2016)

Scientists Find Out What Killed Millions of Starfish (Feb 19, 2016)

Ochre sea stars have suffered a 95 percent die-off in SLO County (Feb 15, 2016)

Fighting a Sea Star Die-Off (Jan 27, 2016)

Sea star wasting disease among worst recorded wildlife die-offs say scientists (Jan 21, 2016)

Starfish Wasting Disease May Be Tied to Warming Waters (Sept 22, 2015)

Sea stars make comeback after wasting away (Aug 27, 2015)

Volunteers survey sea stars to monitor devastating disease (Aug 24, 2015)

Sea Stars Go Viral (Aug 5, 2015)

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome UPDATE! (May 16, 2015)

Starfish making a comeback, babies spotted in Monterey Bay (May 13, 2015)

The Baffling, Gruesome Plague That Is Causing Sea Stars to Tear Themselves to Pieces (May 5, 2015)

Sea star wasting disease death toll rises, but babies bring hope (May 4, 2015)

As Sea Stars Die, New Worries About Urchins (April 1, 2015)

Star search: Scientists watch for wasting (March 11, 2015)

What's killing millions of starfish on the West Coast (March 11, 2015)

Cambria students reach out to Obama on behalf of sea stars (March 4, 2015)

Speak Up! Speak Out! Sea Stars with Melissa Miner (Feb 11, 2015)

Will the King of the Rock Fall? (Feb 4, 2015)

Signs of hope, and a prime suspect, in sea star wasting disease (Jan 23, 2015)

Sea stars may be on path to recovery; summer could provide answers (Jan 20, 2015)

Scientists Search for Cause of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (Jan 16, 2015)

Zombie Starfish - Nature's Weirdest Events (Jan 12, 2015)

Sea Star Wasting Disease (Dec, 2014)

Sea Star die-off Baffles Scientists (Dec 23, 2014)

Cause of Whidbey starfish deaths discovered (Dec 12, 2014)

Ocean Currents Broadcast on KWMR (Dec 1, 2014)

In search of the starfish killer: the quest to save the original keystone species (Nov 18, 2014)

Virus devastating sea stars on Pacific Coast identified (Nov 17, 2014)

Meet the Tiny Killer Causing Millions of Sea Stars to Waste Away (Nov 17, 2014)

AK: Sea Star Mystery (Oct 24, 2014)

Is Alaska Safe For Sea Stars? (Oct 8, 2014)

Sea star Wasting Syndrome plagues shores of Camano Island (Sept 30, 2014)

Recovery Caucus proposes bill on sea star wasting syndrome (Sept 23, 2014)

Proposed Emergency Legislation Aims To Address Starfish Wasting Syndrome (Sept 18, 2014)

Program on sea star wasting disease kicks off series (Sept 13, 2014)

Scientists at Odds Over Sea Star Die-Off (Sept 12, 2014)

Sea stars wasting in local waters (Sept 7, 2014)

Sea stars making a comeback: Researchers study reason for die-off (Sept 1, 2014)

Plight of the Sea Stars: Wasting Disease in British Columbia (Aug 30, 2014)

Signs of sea-star recovery in California but not in NW (Aug 26, 2014)

Sea Star Deaths along the West Coast Elicit Close Study (Aug 14, 2014)

Scientists Investigate Outbreak Of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (Aug 11, 2014)

Disease killing sea stars reaches local public aquariums (Aug 7, 2014)

Peninsula marine life centers losing sea stars to mysterious disease (July 28, 2014)

Warming Water Temperatures Could Be Driving Massive Sea Star Die Off (July 26, 2014)

Dying starfish stump experts (July 26, 2014)

Scientists Look for Causes of Baffling Die-Off of Sea Stars (July 17, 2014)

What's killing all the sea stars? (July 2, 2014)

Sunflower stars found in sound (July 2, 2014)

Starfish are 'just melting': Disease killing 80 percent of them (June 28, 2014)

Peninsula volunteers pitching in on sea star wasting disease research (June 23, 2014)

Dissolving sea stars hit San Diego (June 20, 2014)

Scientists Close in on the Cause of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (June 17, 2014)

Sea Star Video - "Falling Stars" (June 13, 2014)

Mystery Sea Stars 'Goo' Disease Spreads to Oregon (June 10, 2014)

Sea star wasting syndrome epidemic along the coast (June 7, 2014)

Sea Star Disease Hits Hard On Oregon Coast (June 6, 2014)

A plot to spot wasted stars (June 4, 2014)

Sea star disease epidemic surges in Oregon, local extinctions expected (June 4, 2014)

Die-Off Spawns New Sea Stars (May 24, 2014)

Scientists scurrying to determine what's killing starfish (May 23, 2014)

Biologists investigate mysterious sun star beach stranding (May 14, 2014)

Mystery starfish plague extends to Canada and Mexico, but the answer is within our grasp (May 8, 2014)

Scientists look for pathogen that's killing sea stars (May 7, 2014)

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Arrives In Oregon (May 5, 2014)

Scientists narrow in on Sea Star Wasting Syndrome devastating the West Coast (May 4, 2014)

Death of the Stars (May 2, 2014)

Slideshow: Sea Stars Dying in Mysterious Plague (May 1, 2014)

Starfish mysteriously disappearing along the Pacific Coast (May 1, 2014)

Sea star population plummets at Shell Beach from mysterious wasting disease (Apr 5, 2014)

Mysterious sea star disease hitting San Diego (Apr 3, 2014)

Sea stars in Southern California are dying in droves from mysterious disease (Apr 3, 2014)

Professor Studies Disappearing Sea Stars (Mar 26, 2014)

Mass Sea Star Death Leaves Researchers Perplexed (Mar 11, 2014)

What's Killing the Starfish - KQED broadcast (Mar 5, 2014)

Ocean Currents Broadcast on KWMR (Mar 3, 2014)

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (Thank You Ocean Report) (Mar 3, 2014)

Sea star wasting devastates Pacific Coast species (Feb 17, 2014)

Starfish Disease, 'Sea Star Wasting Syndrome,' Finds Way Into Anchorage Museum (Feb 10, 2014)

Cornell scientists race to understand devastating starfish epidemic (Feb 4, 2014)

Mysterious epidemic devastates starfish population off the Pacific Coast (Jan 30, 2014)

Devastating disease now found in Nanaimo starfish (Jan 3, 2014)

The starfish ar dying, and no one knows why (Dec 31, 2013)

Massive starfish deaths baffling biologists (Dec 24, 2013)

Where are all the sea stars? Massive mortality raises questions and concerns (Dec 7, 2013)

Watch Underwater Video of Sea Stars Dying off West Seattle (Dec 3, 2013)

Divers search for clues to an epidemic killing millions of starfish (Nov 30, 2013)

Sea stars stricken by mysterious wasting disease (Nov 26, 2013)

Sea stars are wasting away in larger numbers on a wider scale in two oceans (Nov 22, 2013)

Sea Star Wasting Disease Hits the West Coast (Nov 21, 2013)

Pisaster disaster: When starfish wasting disease strikes, there's only one man to call (Nov 14, 2013)

What's wiping out the starfish in California (Nov 12, 2013)

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Reaches Santa Barbara County (Nov 7, 2013)

Starfish wasting disease baffles US scientists (Nov 5, 2013)

Falling Stars: Starfish Dying From "Disintegrating" Disease (Nov 5, 2013)

'Wasting' disease turning West Coast starfish to mush; experts stumped (Nov 4, 2013)

Wasting disease devastating starfish along Sonoma Coast (Nov 2, 2013)

Marine Scientists Investigate Massive Sea Star Die-Off (October 10, 2013)

Starfish Deaths Alarm Vancouver Aquarium (October 7, 2013)

Dead starfish in Vancouver waters puzzle scientists (September 12, 2013)

Why Are Sea Stars Dying from New Jersey to Maine? Divers Asked to Report Large Groupings of Starfish (July 23, 2013)

Blog Postings

Marine Reserve Updates - Sea Star Wasting

Update on Sea Star Wasting Disease

West Seattle Blog

Sea Star Wasting Syndrome Updates

The Echinoblog

Notes from a California naturalist

Other Resources

Second Chances (video)

The Sea Star's Lament: Intertidal Community Consequences of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome (video)

Why sea stars tear themselves apart (video)

Daily Planet (Discovery Channel) episode (Apr 10, 2014)

Virulent Disease Attacks Sea Stars on the West Coast of North America (video courtesy Neil McDaniel)

California Academy of Sciences photo observation map

Vancouver Aquarium diver observation map

Sunflower star wasting video (courtesy Vancouver Aquarium)

Sea Star Wasting Disease (Seadoc Society)

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