Banner-Roots-450 University of Washington College of the Environment School of Environmental and Forest Sciences University of Washington



Climate Change Video Contest

This winter and spring, we are challenging high school and undergraduate students in Washington to show us, in a video of three minutes or less: What does climate change mean to you? Check out the contest guidelines!

Winter Greetings!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with the SEFS Alumni Group for more than two years now, and it’s been exciting to see so many new people get involved, and so many new programs come together. This spring, in fact, we’re helping to organize a new “SEFS Career Series,” which kicks off with a résumé workshop on April 15, hosted by the Xi Sigma Pi forestry honor society. Other programs include an alumni networking event on April 22, co-sponsored by the International Forestry Students’ Association, and then a career panel on April 29, which our Society of American Foresters UW student chapter is going to lead.

If you’d like to take part in any of these events, please email Ara Erickson or Miku Lenentine. You have incredible insights and professional experience to offer, and we know our students would welcome any time, wisdom and expertise you’re willing to share!

Thanks for being part of this great community!

Jessica Farmer
Alumni Group Chair



Emeritus Spotlight: Bruce Bare

“This isn’t something I ever thought I was going to do—I never thought about being a professor when I was growing up,” says Dean and Professor Emeritus Bruce Bare, who recently retired after more than 45 years as a faculty member with SEFS. Yet even if Bare never planned on a life in academia, he certainly embraced the role and flourished in his nearly half a century as a professor.


2015 Sustaining Our World Lecture

We have set the date for our annual spring lecture—Thursday, April 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. Kane Hall 210 (same hour and room as last year)—and we’re excited to welcome Molly Steinwald, the new executive director of the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach, Fla., to give her talk: “Human[-]Nature: Care for Our World is Care for Ourselves.” Register now!


Save the Date: Spring Gathering, April 19

This year’s event will be held at the Washington Park Arboretum on Sunday, April 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. We’ll send more details in a separate invitation email next month, but we hope you’ll mark your calendars today and make plans to join us!


Director's Message: Winter 2015

SEFS Director Tom DeLuca reflects on the challenges of communicating the urgency of climate change, and how we are trying a new approach this spring to draw out high school and undergraduate voices through the UW Climate Change Video Contest.


Graduate Student Symposium: March 6

You are cordially invited to attend the 12th annual symposium, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room (AND 207). This year’s theme is “Clear as Mud: Interpreting a Changing Environment,” and the day-long event will highlight the research of our graduate and undergraduate students through presentations and a poster session. Check out the full schedule of activities, and please join us for all or part of the day.


WPPF Annual Meeting: May 21

The Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation Annual Meeting and Banquet will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015. The luncheon and official business meeting will be held in the Forest Club Room in Anderson Hall, with the social hour, banquet and honors to be held later at the University Club. More details will be available soon. Please contact Joy Louie or visit the Foundation website for more information.




What was your first job out of college?


Read what Lindsay Malone (’03, B.A.; ’07, M.S.), who now works for the Northwest Natural Resource Group, remembers about her first summer job after undergrad!

Next Issue: What are your favorite memories of Anderson Hall? Please send submissions, of no more than 250 words, to, and we’ll publish at least one response in the next issue of Roots, and also on the "Offshoots" blog.






Jim Lassoie (’68, B.S.; ’75, Ph.D.), a professor of natural resources at the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was among a handful of regional recipients of this year’s Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards For Food and Agricultural Sciences, presented at the 127th Association of Public and Land-grant Universities annual meeting. The awards honor university faculty for their use of innovative teaching methods and dedication to students. 

Ellen Lois Hooven (nee Johnson), who in 1948 became the first woman to graduate with a forestry degree from SEFS, recently celebrated her 90th birthday on December 28, 2014. She ended up marrying one of her classmates and fellow SEFS alumnus, Edward Hooven, and worked for many years with the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. She lives in Corvallis, Ore. 

Kevin Zobrist (’00, B.S.; ’01, M.S.) has just had a new book published, Native Trees of Western Washington, and he’ll be doing a book signing at the UW Bookstore on Tuesday, February 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. Zobrist is an associate professor at Washington State University, and he oversees the WSU Extension Forestry program in Everett, Wash. 

Dr. Roger Rosenblatt (’03, MFR) passed away on December 12, 2014. He spent 43 years at UW, serving as professor and vice chair in the Department of Family Medicine, and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Services, Department of Global Health, and SEFS. A celebration of Roger’s life was held on January 15 with a walk through the Union Bay Natural Area, followed by a sharing of memories at the Center for Urban Horticulture. 

Roots is the official e-newsletter for School of Environmental and Forest Sciences alumni. It is jointly produced by SEFS and the SEFS Alumni Group, and new issues are mailed three times a year (Winter, Spring/Summer and Fall). Please submit alumni news, “Tell Us” responses, “Class Notes,” events and other story ideas to Back issues are available in the online archive, and if you’ve been forwarded this message and wish to subscribe, contact Roots today