Forest Chic

Julie Baroody, who will defend her thesis at noon today in Anderson 22, shows off the latest in forest finery down at Pack Forest. As she wraps up her time as a graduate student, we caught up with her to talk about what brought her to Seattle and SEFS, her field research in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, her new puppy Beatrice, and what she has planned when she moves back to Maine this fall!



Save the Date: Salmon BBQ!

The date has been set for one of our tastiest traditions at SEFS, so mark your calendars for Wed., October 2, and the Welcome Back Salmon BBQ from 4-6 p.m. in the Anderson Courtyard.


ONRC to Host "Forest Owners Field Day"

On Saturday, Aug. 24, ONRC will host a day of field courses and exercises designed for family forest owners and managers on the Olympic Peninsula and surrounding areas.


Undergrad Spotlight: Haley Lane

Between Lane’s sailing and surfing and skiing, you’d wear out a good GPS unit trying to keep up with her. So as she approaches her final quarter at SEFS, we thought we’d share what she’s up to before she slips away to the next adventure!


Sept. 18, 2013:

SEFS Fall Retreat

Sept. 19, 2013: 

Graduate Student Orientation

Oct. 2, 2013:

Salmon BBQ



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Kudos to Lisa Nordlund and Michelle Trudeau, who helped organize the first Staff Social this past Tuesday, August 6. They put together an impressive spread of snacks and other goodies, and the plan is to make these gatherings—part business, part social event—a quarterly event for staff. Great stuff!

The Summer Quarter may feel quiet around campus, but that doesn’t mean the academic wheels aren’t turning pretty furiously for a lot of folks. At the top of that list are a few graduate students who have their defenses coming up this month, starting with James Freund’s dissertation, “Establishment histories and structural development of mature and early old-growth Douglas-fir forests of western Washington and Oregon,” tomorrow, August 13, at 10 a.m. in the Forest Club Room.

Then on Thursday, August 22, we have a doubleheader: John Simeone kicks off the morning at 9 in Anderson 22 with his Master’s defense, "Economic and Ecologic Implications for the Development of a Sustainable Forest Sector in the Russian Far East," and then Cindy Riskin will be defend her Master of Environmental Horticulture project, “Invasive Nonnative Plants in the Elwha River Revegetation Zone,” in the Douglas Classroom at UWBG at 10 a.m. on Thursday, 8/22. Come out and support your friends, fellow students and colleagues!


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In the last Straight Grain, we wrote about Maureen Ryan, a post-doc in Professor Josh Lawler’s lab, who recently took a journalist out backpacking in the Olympics to visit her field sites. Ryan is researching what will happen to wetland habitats in the Pacific Northwest as the climate changes. That initial story, which included hunting for Cascades frogs, was part of the run-up to a longer feature for Seattle’s KUOW, which aired Wednesday morning, Aug. 7 (a shorter version appeared later that day on All Things Considered.) The link is now available, so tune in!


Salmon BBQ! Did we mention the Salmon BBQ?! Delicious! Join us!!