Congratulations, Graduates!

In case you missed the hubbub on Friday, June 14, we graduated our latest class of immensely talented grads and undergrads! Above, Kaitlyn Schwindt (center), voted by her peers to deliver the undergraduate student address, mugs for some pre-ceremony love with Marcia Rosenquist and Ben Krabill.



Students Press for UW Divestment

The rallies were last week, but you can still learn more about how these students—including rising SEFS senior Sarra Tekola—are asking for the university to divest its endowment from fossil fuel companies and take concrete action on climate change.


Dean Thomas Maness Speaks at SEFS Graduation

Or rather, he spoke, but if you missed him you should see a few of the promising words he had for graduates heading out into the working world.


Sept. 18, 2013:

SEFS Fall Retreat

Oct. 2, 2013: 

Salmon BBQ 




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Major kudos to SEFS students who have been awarded scholarships from the College of the Environment for the 2013-14 academic year! For the Del Rio Endowed Environmental Studies Scholarship: Aundrea Lugo Penaloza, senior BSE, Tara Wilson, junior ESRM, and Samantha Mendez, sophomore pre-BSE; for the Nancy Wilcox Endowed Scholarship: Emily Richmond, freshman ESRM, and Dana Chapman, incoming 2013 freshman ESRM; for the College of the Environment Scholarship: Brooke Cassell, graduate student; Benjamin Roe, graduate student; Jennifer Zech, junior ESRM; Sierra Kross, freshman ESRM; Natalie Pollett, incoming 2013 freshman pre-BSE; Eliot Shoemaker, incoming 2013 freshman pre-BSE; and Alison Wang, incoming 2013 freshman ESRM. Congratulations to all of you!


Professor Sergey Rabotyagov currently has a couple articles in press, including one coming out in Economics Research International (“Land use change from biofuels derived from forest residue: A case of Washington State”), and another in Forest Science (“Testing the design variables of ECOSEL: A market mechanism for forest ecosystem services”).

Also, Professor Aaron Wirsing contributed to a paper, just published in the Journal of Animal Ecology, on experimental evidence that sharks can structure ecosystems through risk effects: “Patterns of top-down control in a seagrass ecosystem: could a roving apex predator induce a behaviour-mediated trophic cascade?” Check out the article, which includes a cool video of the sharks and their prey in Shark Bay, Western Australia!


Sandra Hines of UW News and Information recently tagged along on the annual "Spring Comes to the Cascades" course, led by Professor Emeritus Tom Hinckley. Check out her story from the trek, and also a terrific gallery of her photos!


With every graduation, we welcome the latest class of SEFS alumni! As you head on to your next adventures, please don’t be strangers: You'll always be part of the SEFS family and have a home here, so we hope you stay in touch to let us know what you're doing and where you're going. And whether you want to stay hooked into local social gatherings, or whether you want to take a bigger role in networking with students or planning alumni events, now is a great time to connect with the SEFS Alumni Union. Contact Jessica Farmer to learn how you can get involved!