Take a Bow, Class of 2014!

This past Friday, June 13, we honored and celebrated with our latest graduating class, sending off an incredibly talented group of students to become the next leaders in their fields—both here at home in the Pacific Northwest, and all around the world. With families and friends packed into Kane Hall, we heard terrific student speeches from Crescent Calimpong and Tara Wilson, and Professor David Ford had the room in stitches throughout his keynote address. It was a grand affair, and we even managed to wrangle (nearly all of) the graduates for a group photo. Congratulations to all of you, and thank you for sharing your energy, ideas and passion with us!



Mount Rainier Institute Hiring Seasonal Instructors!

John Hayes at the Mount Rainier Institute—a joint project of SEFS and Mount Rainier National Park—passed along word that they’re now hiring the first crop of seasonal environmental education instructors for this fall. Check out the listing, and pass it along to anyone who might be interested!


Research Updates From Wind River

The canopy crane might not be operating anymore, but there's plenty of cutting-edge research still taking place at the Wind River Field Station! Take a look at a few recent updates from Research Scientist Ken Bible, who is the site manager down at Wind River.


Students: Stay in Touch This Summer!

No matter what your plans are this summer—whether you’re starting a job in another state, or you’re going to spend the summer backpacking—we’d love to hear from you. Send us a photo, or just a quick sentence to let us know where you are and what you’re doing. Help us keep things lively on the blog and Facebook while you’re away!


June 23, 2014:

Summer Quarter Begins

Aug. 22, 2014:

Summer Quarter Ends

Sept. 17, 2014:

Strategic Planning Retreat, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



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In addition to bidding farewell to our graduates last Friday, we also said goodbye to Nevada Smith, who has retired after 27 years with the University of Washington and a career at various academic institutions. She’s excited to do some traveling before taking on her next role working in Yellowstone National Park (she won’t tell us which hotel, so you’ll have to do some snooping on your next visit). Nevada will be checking her old email about once a week for most of the summer, and she says she’ll soon have a blog up and running in case you want to check in on her next adventures. Best of luck, Nevada, and thank you for your many years of service to the SEFS community!

We have some fantastic kudos for two of our graduating ESRM students, Julian Svoboda and Myles Neary, who were part of the UW crew team that three-peated as national champions at the 111th Annual IRA National Championships a couple weeks ago. Awesome work, Julian and Myles!

Later this week we’ll have a slideshow ready from the SEFS Graduation Celebration, but in the meantime you can feast on photos from Saturday’s main UW Commencement festivities at Husky Stadium. Keep an eye out for a few of your fellow SEFS classmates in the mix!

Reminder: The SEFS IT Team will be at Pack Forest the rest of today, Tuesday and Wednesday. They will be monitoring systems remotely, including the sefshelp email, but be mindful that there might not be any IT staff physically on the main campus until Thursday, June 19.


Lisa Hannon, a graduate student working with Professor Sharon Doty, is a coauthor on a new publication in the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem System Services & Management, “Effects of seasonality and farm proximity to forest on Hymenoptera in Tarrazú coffee farms.” The manuscript was selected as an Editor's Choice.


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SEFS alumnus Alex Thomas (2012, BS ESRM) stopped by Anderson Hall on Thursday, June 12, and we learned he has a new job as a bioinformatics systems analyst for the Joint Genome Institute, based in Walnut Creek, Calif., with the U.S. Department of Energy. Great work, Alex, and thanks for staying in touch!