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Dean's Letter

It's time to imagine plausible and desirable futures

Dean Lisa Graumlich

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 from 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. 

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alaskaUW'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.

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climateUW 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.

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climate changeOceans and ocean activism deserve broader role in climate change discussions

Marine and 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.

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snow leopardGraduate 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. 

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geoducksGear, 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.

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ct scanner

New visualization tool for students and researchers at Friday Harbor Labs

With support from the College and private donations, the new Karel F. Liem Bioimaging Facility at Friday Harbor Labs now includes a micro CT scanner that researchers and students at FHL can use free of charge! Contact Adam Summers for more information.  

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ddcsp2015 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!

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orca killer whaleVessel 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. 

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pete granger wsgWashington Sea Grant teaches skills to preserve sustainable fisheries, tribal employment, and coastal communities

When 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.

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linkedinUW College of the Environment on LinkedIn

Students and alumni from all of the College’s degree-granting units are invited to connect via our new LinkedIn group, a space for interdisciplinary networking, collaboration, and discussion. 

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earthgamesuwCombating global climate change is fun and games for EarthGamesUW 

Get to know our incredible community and learn more about the work they're doing in the College's Spotlight series. 

Many 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.

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Save the Date

2016 UW Environmental Career Fair (February 24, 2016)

Open to all students, the UW Environmental Career Fair is an opportunity to explore careers in environmental and natural resources fields.


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.

For & About Students

College of the Environment Travel and Meeting Fund

The College is accepting Travel and Meeting Fund applications through January 20, 2016.


2016-2017 College of the Environment scholarships

UW graduate students, undergrads, and applicants who plan to declare a College of the Environment major should apply by March 25, 2016.

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

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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.

December 2015 / January 2016

In the Media

How the ocean’s frozen methane is being unlocked by climate change
The Christian Science Monitor 

NASA’s OLYMPEX rain-measuring campaign gets off to a good, soggy start

The Secrets in Greenland’s Ice Sheet
The New York Times 

UW, NASA deploy scientific blitz to study rainy Olympic Peninsula
The New York Times 

Horn of Africa Grows Hotter and Drier
Scientific American 

Arctic Marine Mammals Swim Up to the Microphone
Scientific American 

Seattle's Most Influential People of 2015, featuring UW’s Nick Bond 
Seattle Magazine 

Students clear the way for frogs, salamanders near Union Bay
The Seattle Times 

When Scientists and Poets Study Together, the World Gets Cooler
The Stranger 

Antarctica Might Be Gaining Ice, But Global Warming Ain’t Over

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