Oregon Experience

A few weeks ago, recent grad Sam Israel (’15, MFR) started a new position as lead forester with Lomakatsi Restoration Project, a nonprofit that develops and implements forest and watershed restoration projects in Oregon and northern California. Lomakatsi is based in Ashland, Ore, and Israel’s early projects have involved working with Klamath Tribe foresters in the Fremont-Winema National Forest, and also planning and monitoring private landownerships in the Rogue River valley with the goals of reducing fuels and improving forest health and habitat. He writes that he’s also finding time to go fishing in the Rogue River, play pick-up soccer and get caught up on all the reading he didn’t have time for during the spring. Great stuff, and stay in touch!



SEFS to Host Annual Biofuels Meeting

Coming up September 8-10, SEFS will be hosting the annual meeting of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) research consortium. The three-day meeting will bring together industry and university partners working to build a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest.


Director's Message: Summer 2015

SEFS Director Tom DeLuca reflects on his recent tour of the Hoh River Trust lands on the Olympic Peninsula, and how this ecosystem—which shares elements of the wild and of human management—has enormous research potential for sustainable forestry and the forest products industry.


UW Farm Opens Weekly Produce Stand

Starting last Friday, July 24, the UW Farm opened a weekly summer produce stand, and they invite you to come support their volunteer-driven agricultural enterprise! You can find them Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Fisheries Supply parking lot at 1900 N. Northlake Way. The stand is right along the Burke-Gilman Trail and directly across from the Gasworks Park parking lot. Check it out!


Tell Us: Favorite Memories of Anderson Hall

In the last issue of Roots, our alumni e-newsletter, we asked our graduates to tell us about their favorite memories of Anderson Hall. Read what Jenniffer Bakke (’03, B.S.), who is now a wildlife biologist for Hancock Forest Management in Independence, Ore., recalls about her time in Anderson (when she was Jenniffer Holt).


Aug. 21, 2015:

Summer II Ends

Sept. 23, 2015:

SEFS Annual Retreat, CUH

Sept. 25, 2015:

Grad Student Orientation

Sept. 30, 2015:

Fall Quarter Begins



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We’ll get started with some fantastic kudos for Jessica Farmer, adult education supervisor for the UW Botanic Gardens. Jessica has helped lead tremendous growth during the past 2.5 years, and in FY 2015 the adult education program had 1,959 participants in 84 programs. That’s a roughly 30 percent increase over the previous year, and a 300 percent increase over FY2012 and the years before she arrived. Great work!

We have kudos, as well, for SEFS doctoral student Emilio Vilanova, who recently presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). For more than 50 years, ATBC has brought together a large international community of researchers promoting education, conservation and communication for tropical biology. Some of the highlights of the experience for Emilio included presenting some of his early Ph.D. research; participating in a mentoring session with other grad students and recent Ph.D.’s; and attending several plenary talks and presentations (oral and posters) from well-known researchers in the field. He was also able to meet with several colleagues involved in the RAINFOR network, which he has been part of for the last 10 years as a collaborator and young scientist from Venezuela.

Coming up at noon on Monday, August 10, The Whole U is organizing a “Walking Tour of Union Bay Natural Area.” UW Botanic Gardens will be hosting the walk and helping folks learn a little more about ongoing restoration projects, plant species, the upcoming WashDOT mitigation activities, and strategies for dealing with invasive plants. Tour members will also visit different habitats and learn about the wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, shoreline, lakes and shorebird habitat. Learn more about The Whole U, and sign up for this walk if you’d like a refresher on what’s happening in Union Bay.

KEEP SAVING THE DATE: The annual SEFS retreat is coming up on Wednesday, September 23, at the Center for Urban Horticulture. More details will be available soon, but make sure to block off that day as soon as possible!



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No weekly seminars scheduled for the summer.



Professor Kristiina Vogt passed along word of a new paper in Sustainability Science, “Designing Conservation-Development Policies for the Forest Frontier.” Jason Scullion, who earned his Ph.D. from SEFS last year, is the lead author, and other co-authors include current SEFS undergrad Sophia Winkler-Schor, as well as SEFS alumna Alison Sienkiewicz, who graduated last year.

Professor David Butman is a co-author on a new publication accepted in Nature Geoscience, “Sources and control of CO2 emissions change with the size of streams and rivers," which is slated for publication in September.



Professor Greg Ettl was featured in a great story on July 24 in the International Business Times, “Can Wooden Skyscrapers Revive US Timber Industry? Washington, Oregon, USDA Betting They Can Fuel Demand.”

On the same day, SEFS doctoral student Ben Dittbrenner was featured in a fun Seattle Times story about a beaver in Lake Forest Park, “Beatrix the beaver trapped—and waiting for love in new home.”

Sunset magazine recently published a slideshow of “15 beautiful botanical gardens” in the West, and of course it includes our own UW Botanic Gardens!



Cynthia Welte ('03, B.S.) was recently hired as the new executive director at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation in Shoreline, Wash. She had been working as the philanthropy and membership associate at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, a large public garden and the former estate of Prentice Bloedel, and she’s excited for the new opportunity!