Cute Overload

This past Tuesday, April 30, Professor John Marzluff entertained a special visitor: 10-year-old Olivia Rataezyk of Issaquah, Wash., a big admirer of his work with corvids. Olivia had come to campus with her mom to learn more about Marzluff’s research, and also to share some of her own. Here, Professor Marzluff shows Olivia a crow’s nest outside of Anderson Hall. Read about the rest of her visit!



Undergrad Spotlight: Tara Wilson

“It’s amazing how much you can learn from looking at poop,” says Tara Wilson, a junior ESRM major. “It totally blew my mind. You can know everything [about the animal]—if they’re malnourished, if they’re breeding, if they’re stressed in any way, what they’re eating.” Read more about Wilson's life at SEFS


Gear Up for Garb Day!

Head down to Pack Forest this weekend to take part in one of the oldest outdoor traditions on campus, Garb Day, hosted by the UW Forest Club—the longest-running club at the University of Washington!


Thesis Defense: Erika Knight

This Thursday, May 9, round up your friends and colleagues to come support Erika Knight as she defends her thesis! Her public talk begins at 1 p.m. in Anderson 22, so join us in commemorating her years of research at SEFS!


Xi Sigma Pi Announces Research Grant Winners for 2013

Xi Sigma Pi, the Forestry Honor Society founded at the University of Washington in 1908, is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s research grant funding. Check out the winning proposals!


May 8, 2013:

SEFS Seminar Series; 3:30-4:20 p.m., AND 223

May 11, 2013: 

Garb Day!

May 14, 2013: 

SEFS Recognition Event, 3-5 p.m., AND 207

June 14, 2013:

SEFS Graduation Celebration



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Coming up next Monday, May 15, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., UWBG and PlantAmnesty will be hosting the 5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium at the Center for Urban Horticulture. This year’s symposium will focus on the theme of “Trees and Views.”

Come one, come all to the end-of-year Dead Elk Society party, 5:30 p.m. on June 7 at the Center for Urban Horticulture! They’re supplying the beer (for ages 21+) and other beverages, as well as some food for grilling; everyone is welcome to bring whatever food they'd like to eat themselves or share. The Gravity Kings will rock you into summer with their jazzy, soulful, groove-based Cadillac funk.

Kudos to Professor Kristiina Vogt, who has been invited to be part of a distinguished panel hosted by NASA Ames at their annual summit, WEST: Water, Energy and Smart Technology, on May 23. This year’s event will showcase planetary sustainability, and Professor Vogt will speak about forest and root ecosystems as a key element of the Earth's life support system.

Kudos, as well, to senior ESRM major Helen Fillmore, who at a recent Faculty Senate meeting presented a proposal to add a diversity requirement to the university-wide curriculum. A member of the Washoe and Nisenan tribes in Nevada, Fillmore is also the president of the First Nations student organization at UW.

FINAL REMINDER: Next Tuesday, May 14, is the annual SEFS Recognition Event in the Forest Club Room from 3-5 p.m. It’s a celebration of everything SEFS—one big SEFS stew, you could say—so do everything you can to come out and support your friends, classmates and colleagues!


Professor Christian Torgersen recently coauthored an article in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management, “Spatial Consistency of Chinook Salmon Redd distribution Within and Among Years in the Cowlitz River, Washington.”


In the April 29 issue of High Country News, Professor Jerry Franklin is featured in the cover story, “A New Forest Paradigm: Can Oregon’s timber country find balance in a new world?”

Also, Professor John Marzluff appeared in a recent article in TIME Magazine, “The Mystery of Animal Grief,” published on April 15. (You have to be a subscriber to read the full article).


Now’s a good time to mark your calendars for the annual SEFS Salmon BBQ, which is set for Wednesday, October 2! And if you’re really planning ahead, save the date for our annual holiday party in the Forest Club Room on Wednesday, December 4.