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FALL 2016


2016 Salmon BBQ

On October 5, we hosted the largest crowd we can remember in the Anderson Courtyard. In case you missed the feast, check out a photo gallery from the afternoon—and we hope you can join us next year!

Autumn Greetings!

We were thrilled to see so many alumni join us at the annual Salmon BBQ this year, and we’re already getting plans rolling for the SEFS Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room. As always, the festivities will include an extensive wine tasting, beer and catered snacks, and all alumni, staff, faculty, students and families are warmly invited. Also, if you come early you can catch the final seminar of the quarter, “Exploring frequent fire forests at multiple scales,” featuring alumna Keala Hagmann (’08, B.S.; Ph.D., ’14). Her talk will run from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Anderson 223.

Whether we see you at a seminar, the holiday party or an event later in the spring, we hope you’ll stay in touch—and keep an eye out for other opportunities to engage in the coming months!

Jessica Farmer & Colton Miller
Alumni Group Co-Chairs



Alumni Spotlight: Daniel Gellermann

Daniel Gellermann (’39, B.S.) passed away on October 3, 2012, less than a month shy of his 96th birthday, and he left behind an unpublished manuscript of his autobiography, The Book of Daniel. His niece, Helene Fowler, generously donated a copy of the manuscript, which offers an incredibly detailed, nearly week-by-week account of his life. We pulled out a few lines and memories from his time as a student in 1930s, as well as the entirety of his great introduction.


Director's Message: Autumn 2016

SEFS Director Tom DeLuca reflects on the tragic passing of Professor Sarah Reichard (1957-2016), and how she served as an inspiring model for the kind of educator, scientist and colleague we all aspire to be—and hope to cultivate in our students.


Distinguished Alumni Seminar: Randy Dahlgren

Randy Dahlgren (’84, M.S.; ’87, Ph.D.) is a Distinguished Professor of Soil Science and Biogeochemistry in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at the University of California - Davis. Among his many honors was the 2012 UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, and we were very pleased to welcome him for a talk on October 5: “From Subduction to Salmon: Geologic Subsidies Drive High Productivity of a Volcanic Spring-Fed River.”


John Tylczak Hosts Third Exhibition at SEFS

For the third October in a row, John loaned us 10 photographs from his collection, Views from the Northwoods: 1983-1995, to showcase in the Forest Club Room. This year’s shots captured scenes from Washington shake and shingle mills that have all since closed, and they were on display throughout the month in the Forest Club Room.


New Faculty Hires

We are very pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members, including Greg Bratman, who will be joining us as a professor of nature, health and recreation (starting fall 2017); Brian Harvey, a professor of forest ecosystem science and services (starting spring 2017); and Phil Levin, who joined us in a new joint role with The Nature Conservancy as a Professor of Practice this past summer. We’ll have more information to share soon, as well, about a couple additional searches that are about to launch.




Student Spotlight: Carol Bogezi


SEFS doctoral candidate Carol Bogezi has been awarded the 10th Annual Bullitt Environmental Prize. The award provides $100,000 in funding over two years to advance her research into reducing conflicts between humans and wildlife, including cougars and wolves.

Read more about Carol and her research in a Q&A with Michelle Ma at UW News.






A recent paper in Forest Ecology and Management, “Post-fire morel (Morchella) mushroom abundance, spatial structure, and harvest sustainability,” includes six coauthors with SEFS connections, including lead author Professor Andrew Larson (’03, B.S.; ’09, Ph.D.) from the University of Montana; Professor Jim Lutz (’05, M.S.; ’08, Ph.D.) from Utah State University; Mark Swanson (’99, B.S.; ’07, Ph.D.), now a professor in the School of the Environment at Washington State University; Alina Cansler (’15, Ph.D.), now a research ecologist at SEFS; Sienna Hiebert (’12, B.S.), who is running her own business, Lost Creek, LLC; and Tucker Furniss (’11, B.S.), now a graduate student at Utah State. 

Marisa Bass (’16, MFR) has been hired as a forester for American Forest Management. She is helping manage timberland from Pysht to Long Beach along the Washington coast, and she takes part in a wide variety of management activities, ranging from thinnings to harvest unit layouts and assisting with the recreation program. 

This October, the Society of American Foresters recognized Tom Hanson (‘15, MFR) as a recipient of its 2016 Presidential Field Forester Award. Tom will receive the award at the 2016 SAF National Convention happening this week in Madison, Wis. 

Carrie Sessions (’15, M.S.) is working for the Washington State Department of Ecology as the policy and legislative lead for its water resources program. 

On September 7, the Seattle Times ran a career spotlight featuring Alicia Robbins (’04, M.S.; ’11, Ph.D.), a forest resource economist for Weyerhaeuser. 

Zach Bass (’15, MFR) has been hired as a forester with Green Grow, which is based in Port Angeles, Wash. 

On September 30, Christina Restaino (’09, M.S.; ’14, Ph.D.) appeared on the Science Friday radio program in California, “California Trees Battle Beetle Assault Amid Drought,” and the 17-minute segment aired across more than 400 NPR stations around the country (roughly 1.7 million listeners). 

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