It's time to imagine plausible and desirable futures
We are squarely in the age of the
Anthropocene, the first time in the history of our planet where humans are
driving major environmental changes. Researchers in our College are at the
leading edge of uncovering the fundamental changes occurring in the Earth
system with implications at local to global scales. This research, the science
of the Anthropocene, is both exceedingly exciting and profoundly important
work. We are in unique position to be fully aware of humanity’s global potency
as measured against the backdrop of geologic time.
UW's Alaska Salmon Program: A living laboratory
Sarah Schooler spent a summer collecting data in the
Bristol Bay watershed through the Aquatic and Fishery
Sciences’ Alaska Salmon Program—the world’s longest-running effort to
monitor salmon and their ecosystems.
UW Climate Impacts Group report outlines region's future under climate change
A new report by UW’s Climate Impacts Group
synthesizes relevant research about the future of the Puget Sound region to
paint a picture of what to expect in the coming decades.
Oceans and ocean activism deserve broader role in climate change discussions
Environmental Affairs’ Eddie Allison argues that people should pay more
attention to how climate change’s impacts on ocean and coastal environments
affect societies around the globe.
Graduate student involved in first snow leopard collaring in Kyrgyzstan
Environmental and Forest Sciences' doctoral student Shannon Kachel was
recently involved in the capture and first successful satellite collaring of a
snow leopard in Kyrgyzstan.
Gear, not geoducks, impacts ecosystem if farming increases
The equipment used to farm geoducks,
including PVC pipes and nets, might have a greater impact on the Puget Sound
food web than the addition of the clams themselves.
2015 UW Doris Duke scholars share their stories
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars at the UW
concluded their eight-week immersive learning experience in August—here are
some of their stories!
Vessel speed biggest factor in noise affecting killer whales
The speed of vessels operating near endangered
killer whales in Washington is the most influential factor in how much noise
from the boats reaches the whales, according to a new study.
Washington Sea Grant teaches skills to preserve sustainable fisheries, tribal employment, and coastal communities
cheap Chilean farmed salmon flooded the country, driving down prices for
locally sourced, sustainably managed wild fish, WSG seafood industry specialist
Pete Granger stepped in.
Combating global climate change is fun and games for EarthGamesUW
Get to know our incredible community and learn more about they work they're doing in the College's Spotlight series.
adults share the idea that kids in our digital age should be spending more time
outdoors. But Atmospheric Sciences’ Dargan Frierson contends that gaming is an essential
way to teach children and young adults about the natural world, inspire them to
spend time in it, and perhaps most importantly, include them in the
conversation about preserving it in the face of climate change.
Save the Date
Dynamics of Disbelief: Science, Society, and Social Welfare with Naomi Oreskes (March 1, 2016)
All are invited to learn
about the history and dynamics of climate science disbelief and its
implications for society and the common good from Harvard University’s Naomi
Oreskes. Learn more and register.
College Events Calendar
Stay up to date with all the events happening at the College by checking out our Events Calendar.
Philanthropy: Making a Difference
In this season of thanks, we are especially grateful
to College of the Environment alumni and supporters! Individuals, private
foundations, and corporations have donated more than $9.2 million in the first
four months of the 2016 fiscal year. This support enables us to provide
scholarships to those in need, recruit talented and dedicated faculty,
undertake substantial research endeavors, and launch new programs.
If you’re interested in supporting the College,
consider one of our highlighted funds below or choose the fund of your choice
on the UW Foundation website:
- Friends of Atmospheric Sciences Fund
- College of the Environment Scholarship Fund
- Natural Hazards Impact Fund
Awards & Acknowledgements
Congratulations to Qiang
Fu, professor of atmospheric sciences, for being named a AAAS fellow.
Join us in welcoming Anthony
Dichiara, a new faculty member with Environmental and Forest Sciences’
Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) program.
Kudos to Team Durafet for placing in the Wendy
Schmidt Ocean Health XPrize and donating
their winnings to UW’s Argo program.
Aquatic and Fishery Sciences' Julian Olden and his team recently received the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) Project of the Year Award from the Department of Defense for their work.
Congrats to Earth and Space Sciences' Brian Atwater, who was recently named the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Medal laureate in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the Franklin Foundation.