Papermaking Pride

While producing linerboard, BSE major Breanna Huschka takes samples for “First Pass Retention.” The course, BSE 436, is taught by Mark Lewis, and students spend several hours a week in the basement papermaking lab in Bloedel 014—either goggled in paper production mode, or craned over spreadsheets fine-tuning their formulas.


Buck Banks

Field Notes From Kenya

John “Buck” Banks, a professor at UW Tacoma and an adjunct professor with SEFS, returns from a month in East Africa conducting field research at a forest regeneration site on the Kenya coast.

Jim Agee

Faculty Spotlight: Jim Agee

Professor Emeritus Jim Agee could tell quite a few stories from his 30-plus years in the field with students and other faculty—and, as it happens, they have a couple of him, too.

Max Sugarman

Student Spotlight: Max Sugarman

This past fall, ESRM major Max Sugarman strayed far from the familiarity of the forested Pacific Northwest and spent a semester studying abroad on the sprawling grasslands of the South African savanna.

Awards of Excellence

Distinguished Staff Awards: SEFS Nominees!

This year, we are proud to have three members of our incredible staff nominated for the 2013 Distinguished Staff Awards at the University of Washington—Amanda Davis, Michelle Trudeau and Anita Smith!


March 13:

SEFS Seminar Series, 4-5 p.m., AND 223

March 14: 

Poster Presentations in the Forest Club Room, 2-4 p.m.!

March 27:

Distinguished Staff Awards Reception, HUB Ballroom

April 4: 

Sustaining Our World Lecture Series



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Led by Dean Emeritus Bruce Bare, the Institute of Forest Resources (IFR) at SEFS is working on the Washington Hardwood Inventory Assessment. IFR will deliver an interim report at the March 20 meeting of the Washington Hardwoods Commission, and then the final report will highlight the Western Hardwood International Convention and Exposition in Portland, Ore., April 30-May 2.

Dr. Kathy Wolf was re-appointed to the Washington Community Forestry Council’s Executive Advisory Committee. The council is advisory to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and works to promote urban and community forestry.

On March 1, the SERNW Board of Directors awarded the UW-Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) the Special 20th Anniversary Award. The award recognizes the program’s significant contributions to the science and practice of ecological restoration in the Cascadia Bioregion. Professor Jerry Franklin was one of two featured speakers at the event, and Kern Ewing and Warren Gold, as well as a number of current and former students, attended.

Kudos to the Flower & Garden Show committee for their fabulous effort designing the 2013 UWBG booth, which earned a show award for "2013 Outstanding Marketing Display." Patrick Mulligan chaired the committee, and committee members included staff members Carrie Cone, Jessica Farmer and Lauren Fortune, and graduate students Rosemary Baker and Ellen Sherck. Roy Farrow helped with the planters and set up, and the award-winning Riz Reyes selected plants for the planters and donated the raffle planter. A huge congratulations to all of you for making the UWBG booth shine at the show!


Professor Kristiina Vogt, along with SEFS graduate students Jason Scullion, Lloyd Nackley and Maura Shelton, contributed a chapter (“Conservation Efforts, Contemporary”) to the Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, second edition, published in February 2013.


Professor John Marzluff’s research was featured in the March 1 issue of the Ellensburg Daily Record, “Ravens and crows: Not bird brained,” and he is quoted extensively in a story at, "Crows Converge on UW Campus." 


Jim McCarter was recently awarded the 2012 Distinguished Service To Forestry Award from the Appalachian Society of American Foresters. He received the award at their 92nd Annual Winter Meeting, held in Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, 2013. Dr. McCarter earned his Ph.D. in Silviculture and Forest Protection from the College of Forest Resources in 2001.

This past summer, Maxwell Gray joined the Boise Engineering group with Boise Inc. as a process control engineer. His initial assignment will be working on process improvement with the Wallula mill technical and operating staff. Gray graduated in June 2012 with a B.S. in Bioresource Science and Engineering and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Also, the SEFS Alumni Union has set the date for their annual spring gathering, so mark Saturday, May 4, on your calendars! Location and other details to be available soon.