John Simeone

Picture Perfect

SEFS grad student John Simeone took this photo, “Stand of Red Alders (Alnus rubra),” while working on the Pack Forest Summer Crew in 2011. On a whim, he later submitted it to a photo contest with the European Forest Institute, and they ended up featuring his shot as the monthly winner for February 2013!


Carol Bogezi

Grad Student Spotlight: Carol Bogezi

Bogezi, a first-year Ph.D. student who grew up in Uganda and is now working with Professor John Marzluff, struck pay dirt on her first time out in the field, capturing a full-grown, 150-pound male cougar east of Duvall, Wash.!


This May, the Blitz is ON at the Arboretum!

On May 10 and 11, the UW Botanic Gardens will be hosting its third BioBlitz at the Washington Park Arboretum, where students, faculty and citizen scientists will identify local flora and fauna as part of a survey of the park’s biodiversity.

Michael A. Roberts

WPPF Names New Executive Director

A 1969/71 graduate of the University of Washington with BS/MS degrees in Chemical Engineering, Michael A. Roberts will officially take on his role with the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation on April 1, 2013.

Sustaining Our World

2013 Sustaining Our World Lecture: April 4

This year’s talk, Built Ecologies: Regionalism and Resource Integration in the Built World, features Thomas Knittel, a vice president and project designer with HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Register today!


March 27:

Distinguished Staff Awards Reception, HUB Ballroom

April 3: 

First SEFS Seminar of the Spring Quarter: 3:30-4:20 p.m., AND 223

April 4:

Sustaining Our World Lecture Series

May 14: 

2013 SEFS Recognition Event



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Kudos to Maria Sandercock, Miku Lenentine, Ellen Weir and the rest of the planning team for the terrific 2013 Graduate Student Symposium! The winner for the best presentation was Jason Scullion for his talk, Opportunities and barriers to conservation in frontier environments: Lessons from Madre de Dios, Peru; and the winner for the best poster was Brooke Cassel, Fire History of the Sierra de Manantlán Biosphere Reserve in Western Mexico.

Big kudos, as well, to SEFS students Christina Restaino, Camila Haristoy, Hillary Burgess and Erik Budsberg for volunteering their time for the Bryant Elementary Science Fair Mentor program during a nine-week period. UW mentors provide their expertise in the scientific process and serve as inspiring role models for their students. Nicely done!

Dean Emeritus Bruce Bare was appointed to the national Society of American Foresters’ Educational Policy Review Committee for a two-year term starting January 1, 2013. Also, the Washington State Society of American Foresters will hold its annual meeting on April 3-5 in Chelan, Wash.

Sign up for the 2013 Pack Forest Summer Crew! Five internships are available for the 2013 Summer Quarter—four in forest resource management, and one in outreach & education. The deadline to apply is April 9, so act fast!


Professor Sándor Tóth recently contributed to two publications: “A Voronoi Tesselation-based Approach to Generate Hypothetical Forest Landscapes,” in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research; and “Spatially-Explicit Forest Harvest Scheduling with Difference Equations,” featured in the Annals of Operations Research.


With a grant from the EPA, Professor Susan Bolton is leading a group of researchers and students at SEFS on a project experimenting with ways to capture fog and wring out its moisture for irrigation and other uses in Peru. It's cool stuff, and The Seattle Times featured the project on the front page of its Saturday edition on March 16: “UW project seeks to harvest fog for irrigation.”


Dan Schwartz, who earned a Masters of Environmental Horticulture from the School of Forest Resources in 2011, recently joined the biosolids division for Seattle’s King County as a Water Quality Planner/Project Manager I. His faculty advisor was Professor Sally Brown, and Professors Kern Ewing and Darlene Zabowski also served on his committee.