Coming up on Thursday, October 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the UW Farm will be hosting the second edition of its hugely successful Farm-to-Table Dinner. Last year, the event sold out and drew nearly 200 people—raising more than $3,000 for the UW Farm—so reserve your spot as soon as possible to enjoy a tremendous evening at the Center for Urban Horticulture’s NHS Hall. Like last year, the culinary experts from Chaco Canyon Organic Café will be preparing the menu and meal using fresh produce from the UW Farm. Drinks will be on sale for guests 21 and older, and there will be other games and a photo booth. Tickets for students are $14 in advance or $18 at the door; $30 for non-students in advance or $35 at the door; and $10 for children 12 and under. Order yours today!



Wildlife Seminar: Fall 2015 Schedule

The long-running Wildlife Science Seminar kicks off later today with Professor John Marzluff, and the line-up this quarter features an incredible range of subjects, from conserving seabirds to coexisting with wolves and cougars in Washington. The talks are open to the public, and you can catch the action on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. in Kane Hall 120.


Director's Message: Autumn 2015

Tom DeLuca reflects on the irreplaceable value of hands-on field research, as well as the big upgrade to our field courses this fall: a 30-passenger bus to shuttle larger groups of students to research sites more safely and efficiently!


This Wednesday: Salmon BBQ!

Don’t forget our autumn feast coming up this Wednesday, October 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Hall courtyard! We hope you’ll join us just beforehand for the Distinguished Alumni Seminar in Anderson 223 from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m., and also tour the photography exhibition by John Tylczak in the Forest Club Room, which begins the same day and runs throughout the rest of October.


SAF Fall Meeting: October 8

The UW Chapter of the Society of American Foresters will hold its fall meeting this Thursday, October 8, at 5 p.m. in Anderson 22. Anyone interested in forestry and other natural resource fields, from ecology to policy, is invited to join. You can run or vote for office positions, and also learn about upcoming club events and activities. Pizza, beverages and dessert will be provided.


IFSA Welcome Meeting: October 15

The UW Local Committee of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) will be holding its 2015 “Welcome Meeting” on Thursday, October 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room. Learn more about IFSA, which is beginning its second full year at SEFS, and how you can get involved!


Oct. 7, 2015:

Salmon BBQ, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Anderson Courtyard

Nov. 11, 2015:

Veterans Day (no classes)

Nov. 26-27, 2015:

Thanksgiving Holiday

Dec. 18, 2015:

Fall Quarter Ends



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We are extremely pleased to report that Kurt Haunreiter has accepted our offer to become the new Paper Science Center Manager! Kurt joined the industry in the early 1990s as an analytical chemist for James River, and then held positions as a process engineer, tissue operations manager and pulp manufacturing superintendent at Kimberly Clark. He earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from UW and a master’s from the Institute of Paper Chemistry. Kurt officially joins the BSE team this week, and you can reach him in person in Bloedel Hall (B-14), by phone at 206.543.5472, and by email at We hope you’ll join us in welcoming him to our community!

We’ll continue the good news with some outstanding kudos for Professor Ivan Eastin, who has agreed to serve as the College of the Environment’s Associate Dean for Research, effective October 16. He’ll be working to foster multidisciplinary collaborations, promote and support the range of basic and applied research programs across the college and university, and help faculty identify opportunities to partner and collaborate with universities and research organizations both in the United States and around the world. Ivan will continue to run CINTRAFOR half-time while spending half-time in the Dean’s office. Congratulations, Ivan!

Professor Sarah Reichard sends some big-time kudos to everyone who helped organize the Seattle Garden Club’s Shirley Meneice Horticulture Conference on Tuesday, September 22, at the Center for Urban Horticulture. It’s an important conference for the Garden Club of America, and we hosted delegates from all over the country for an extraordinary event. So many people had a hand in the planning and execution of the conference, and Sarah sends a special thank you to all of the horticulture staff for the work they did to make our gardens shine—and to Maureen Black for arriving in time this summer to help with countless little details that helped everything come together so well!

SEFS Research Associate Nabin Baral was recently invited to participate in an international workshop, “Economic Impacts of Tourism in Protected Areas,” jointly organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and Wurzburg University. The workshop was held from September 21 to 25 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and Nabin presented two case studies from Nepal on the economic impacts of nature-based tourism in two protected areas. The ultimate goal of the workshop is to develop a standardized system for evaluating and monitoring tourism in protected areas throughout the world. Nice work, Nabin!

On Tuesday, September 9, new SEFS grad students Amanda Bidwell and Sean Callahan—working with Tom DeLuca and Patrick Tobin, respectively—presented on their research at the 2015 Green Seattle Partnership Shareholder Meeting, “Gamechangers and Beyond,” held at South Seattle College. As part of their research at SEFS, Amanda and Sean will be quantifying metal and nitrogen deposition along an urban-to-wildland gradient associated with transportation corridors (I-5 and I-90); using isotopic ratios to determine the source of pollutants; and assessing the influence of metal and nitrogen deposition on canopy epiphytes, forest floor bryophyte communities, and associated food webs. Great stuff!

On September 29, the UW Botanic Gardens participated in Dawg Daze Enviro-Quest 2015 by hosting a photo scavenger hunt through the 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum, “Find the UW Gnome at the Washington Park Arboretum.”

Students: One of our undergrads, Aaron Tam (ESRM - Wildlife Conservation), spent the summer volunteering for a climate policy initiative with Carbon Washington (CarbonWA), a grassroots organization working to bring strong climate policy to Washington through the ballot in 2016. CarbonWA is currently recruiting applicants for a paid fellowship for the fall quarter. They’re looking for students who are passionate about addressing climate change, advancing social justice, and enacting political change. Aaron says it’s a great learning opportunity, so if you’re interested, check out the details and submit your application by Saturday, October 10.



In case you missed the SEFS retreat or wanted to reference some of the discussions, Professor Monika Moskal’s presentation is now online: “SEFS Trends: Past, Present and Future.” Other reports and follow-up from the retreat will be available soon.

Professor Peter Kahn has successfully moved his lab space into Anderson 302.

Professor Stanley Asah will be moving his office into Bloedel 282, formerly the office of Professor Emeritus Gordon Bradley.

As always, all space requests (office/lab) must be submitted to the Director’s Council for evaluation.



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



Doctoral student Kaeli Swift and Professor John Marzluff have a new paper in Animal Behaviour, “Wild American crows gather around their dead to learn about danger.”



Speaking of that paper, Carl Zimmer wrote a great story about their research in The New York Times on October 1, “Crows May Learn Lessons From Death.” (The BBC ran its own story on this research the same day, “The birds that fear death.”)



SEFS alumna Melody Mobley, who gave our commencement keynote this past spring, was recently featured in a story in The Forestry Source, “Melody Mobley: A Forestry Pioneer, Black and Female,” written by another SEFS alumna, Andrea Watts. Great stuff!

Also, don’t forget to join SEFS alumnus Willis Littke (’82, Ph.D.), who will be giving the Distinguished Alumni Seminar as part of the SEFS Seminar Series this Wednesday, October 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Anderson 223: “Integrated Pest Management Application to Future Forest Health.” Littke, who studied with Professor Emeritus Bob Edmonds, recently retired from Weyerhaeuser after a long career as a forest health researcher. Should be a great talk to get you warmed up for the Salmon BBQ right afterward!