"A Living Laboratory" in Alaska

Last summer, SEFS alumna Sarah Schooler (’15, ESRM) got to spend her first weeks out of school getting hands-on field experience studying grizzly bears and salmon with the Alaska Salmon Program. A team from University Marketing & Communications came along to film and profile her time in Bristol Bay, Alaska, and they put together a great multimedia piece that includes a story, spectacular photos and a three-minute video in Sarah’s words!



ESRM 425: Fire-Prone Forests of the Pacific Northwest

This past September, Professor Jerry Franklin led his annual two-week field trip to explore dry coniferous forests in Northern California, central Oregon and southern Washington. SEFS grad student Matthew Aghai served as the TA this year, and he shared a batch of photos from the experience—including a memorable encounter with a pair of northern spotted owls feeding!


SEFS Christmas Tree Sale: Place Your Orders!

Partnering with the UW chapters of the International Forestry Students’ Association and the Society of American Foresters, the Forest Club is once again proud to organize one of our most popular community traditions. All trees are $45, and you can place your orders now through Friday, December 4, to pick up your noble fir on Sunday, December 6.


SAF Holiday Fundraiser

For the second year, the Society of American Foresters UW Student Chapter is selling an assortment of freshly cut noble fir and cedar wreaths and garlands, so place your orders by Thursday, November 12, to have your holiday decorations ready for pick-up on November 23.


Mug Shot!

Our brand-new SEFS mugs have arrived, and they feature Professor Emeritus Gordon Bradley's drawing of Anderson Hall on one side, and our school logo on the other. They cost only $5, so stop by the Student & Academic Services office in Anderson Hall to pick up a stylish sipper for yourself.


Nov. 11, 2015:

Veterans Day Holiday

Nov. 24, 2015:

Xi Sigma Pi's "Tour de Labs," 3:30-5 p.m.

Nov. 24, 2015:

Xi Sigma Pi's "Pineluck," 5-9 p.m.

Dec. 9, 2015:

SEFS Holiday Party, 4:30-6:30 p.m.



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Save the date for the annual SEFS Holiday Party, which has been set for Wednesday, December 9, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room (directly following the SEFS Seminar). More details to come!

This Friday, November 6, SEFS doctoral student Kaeli Swift will be giving the next presentation in the Evening Talks at ONRC speaker series. Her talk, "Crow Behaviors," will begin at 7 p.m. at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, Wash., and the public is heartily invited.

Xi Sigma Pi’s 2nd annual “Tour de Labs” is set for Tuesday, November 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. If you’re interested in having someone from your lab present for 10 to 15 minutes as part of the tour, fill out this survey!

Last week, SEFS Director Tom DeLuca was the keynote speaker at the International Symposium on Forest Soils in Fuzhou, China: “Boreal Ecosystem Nitrogen Cycling: A perspective of scales.” The week before, on October 19, he served as a panel member at Forterra’s “Building for a Sustainable Future” summit; his panel was “Rural Communities: Production of CLT/Mass Timber in WA.” This week, Tom is down in Baton Rouge, La., for the 2015 Society of American Foresters National Convention, where he will be participating in the panel, “Recreating Forestry Through Education.”

Nominations are open for the UW Distinguished Staff Awards. Each year, this award program seeks out the stories of staff whose commitment to the university and passion for what they do make them stand out among their peers. All nominations must be submitted by Friday, November 20, at 5 p.m., so learn more and submit a nomination for a worthy colleague!

Nominations are now being accepted, as well, for the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Awards. The deadline for all submissions is Monday, November 23, at 5 p.m., and the nomination process can be fairly intensive. Contact Karl Wirsing if you'd like help assembling a packet.

Elsewhere around campus …

Later today, November 3, the UW student group of the American Lung Association has partnered with the Tobacco Action Group (TAG) to screen a documentary about the tobacco industry and its role in global warming: Merchants of Doubt. You can catch the film from 5 to 7 p.m. in Thomson Hall, Room 101. There will be free pizza and drinks.

This Thursday, November 5, at 4 p.m., the Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest at UW is hosting a new talk in the Emil and Kathleen Sick Lecture Series in Western history: “Trash Fish and Trout: Class, Culture, and Environment in the Rocky Mountain West.” It will be held the Petersen Room - Allen Library (room 485). In the talk, Jen Corrinne Brown from Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi will be discussing her recent book, Trout Culture: How Fly Fishing Forever Changed the Rocky Mountain West (University of Washington Press, 2015). The talk is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.



The Emeritus Office is now open in Anderson 107E. Not all of the refurbishments are complete yet, but the room is available for use by emeritus faculty. Contact Amanda Davis if you have particular day/time needs.



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

Wildlife Seminar: Mondays, 3:30-4:50 p.m., Kane 120

Water Seminar: TBD



SEFS research associate Daisuke Sasatani and Professor Ivan Eastin are co-authors on a new paper in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, “Significant Factors Impacting Export Decisions of Small and Medium-sized Softwood Sawmill Firms in North America.”



Each year, Professor Ernesto Alvarado and Professor Emeritus Tom Hinckley lead a joint field trip to the Yakama Reservation at the beginning of the fall quarter (SEFS 521: Field Trip to the Yakama Nation). This year, a writer from The Seattle Globalist, Ana Sofia Knauf, came along to produce a story from the experience, “When firefighting resources are thin, reservations are left to burn,” published on October 27. Others featured in the article include SEFS alumni and tribal members Phil Rigdon and Steve Rigdon (Yakama), and Spus Wilder (Colville).

On October 22, SEFS doctoral student Sam Zwicker was featured in a great story on Mongabay, “The wild side of Peru gets an imaging makeover.”



A couple weeks ago, we came across a fun email promotion from the Forest History Society, which is dedicated to advancing scholarship in forest and conservation history. The group's president happens to be one of our alumni, Steve Anderson (’79, M.S.), and this particular promotion features magnets and t-shirts with Teddy the Dog speaking out about the importance of preserving forest history, “All bark, no blight.”