ONRC Addresses Tsunami Debris

On March 19, the Olympic Natural Resources Center hosted a community program to discuss marine debris washing up on coastal beaches near Forks, Wash. Some of the debris—including this large dock from Misawa, Japan—was set adrift by the devastating tsunami two years ago.



IFR to Fund Six Research Projects

This spring, the Institute of Forest Resources at SEFS announced funding for six new research projects in Washington, ranging from the feasibility of a wolf economy, to restoring fire-prone forest ecosystems.

Essay Contest

Charles Lathrop Pack Essay Competition

This year's prompt: Is variable density thinning a better silvicultural approach for sustainable forestry in Western Washington than clearcut harvest practices? The top prize is $500, and the deadline for submission is April 29—so get writing!


SEFS Students Descend on Yellowstone!

During Spring Break, 15 students and three faculty members drove out for roughly a week of field study in the northern Rockies as part of an annual spring course, “ESRM 459: Wildlife Conservation in Northwest Ecosystems.”

Director's Message_Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Director's Message

SEFS Director Tom DeLuca reflects on the Mars Rover, natural resource management and the "final frontier" of sustainability.


April 10:

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

May 4: 

SEFS Alumni Union Spring Gathering

May 14:

2013 SEFS Recognition Event, 3-5 p.m., AND 207

June 14: 

2013 SEFS Graduation Celebration



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Kudos to Ben Roe, a first-year graduate student with SEFS, who was recently selected as the District 1 Student Representative for the Society of American Foresters’ National Student Congress. Congratulations, Ben!

Kudos, as well, to everyone who helped organize the 2013 Sustaining Our World Lecture last Thursday, April 4, and to everyone who came out to hear Thomas Knittel’s great talk—despite some seriously unaccommodating weather! And though a recording hiccup may have cost us the final eight minutes of his talk and Q&A, we should have the bulk of it available online very soon.

Also, seminars are in high gear for the Spring 2013 Quarter, so check out the schedules for the Wildlife Science Seminar and the SEFS Graduate Seminar Series!


Professor Sarah Reichard recently contributed a chapter to the book Invasive Plant Ecology, set to come out this year (“Economic Analysis of the Invasive Plant Problem Associated with the Horticulture Industry in North America”). With Professor Kern Ewing, she also co-authored an article, “The University of Washington Botanic Garden and Restoration Ecology,” in the January 2013 issue of BG Journal, the journal of Botanic Gardens Conservation International.


On Friday, April 5, The Daily featured Professor Susan Bolton’s fog-catching research on the front page, “UW team harvests fog for national competition,” written by Amy Busch, a junior linguistics major at UW.

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Don’t forget to RSVP for the upcoming SEFS Alumni Union Spring Gathering! This year’s event will be a potluck-style picnic at the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum, from 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4. Mark your calendars and come out and join your fellow alumni, colleagues and friends!