90 Going on 40

If you’ve never heard the expression that 90 is the new 40, then you’ve never met Greg Lambert, who celebrated his 90th birthday this past May. Lambert spent 26 years as a pilot with the U.S. Navy and raised 12 children through two marriages. He worked with the Simpson Timber Company for 32 years until he retired in 1987 at the age of 62, at which point he went on to start his own business and then build houses with Habitat for Humanity for several years. He still downhill skis twice a week during the winter, takes long boating excursions in the summer, and flies a Cessna 172 a couple times a month as part of a local flying club. Learn more about Lambert, including why he left school only a few weeks before finishing his degree in forest management!



SEFS Seminar Series: Fall 2015 Schedule

We’ve pulled together an especially diverse line-up this fall, ranging from a workshop about capturing great video of your research, to talks about drones, the Northwest Forest Plan, resource management in southwest China, and much more. The talks are held from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Anderson 223, starting Wednesday, September 30, with Professor Steve Harrell.


AHB Annual Meeting: Happening Now!

Today through Thursday, SEFS is hosting the annual meeting of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) research consortium. The three-day meeting brings together industry and university partners working to build a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest.


Annual Salmon BBQ: October 7!

There’s really only one sure way to soften the blow of another summer’s end: Spend a boisterous afternoon grilling, gorging and gabbing with us at the annual Salmon BBQ on Wednesday, October 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Anderson Hall courtyard!


Evening Talks at ONRC: Ben Dittbrenner

A few weeks after the Salmon BBQ, Dittbrenner will be giving the first talk of the year in the Evening Talks at ONRC speaker series, "Beaver Relocation: A Novel Climate Adaptation Tool.” Learn more about his talk, and how other grad students can take part in this great speaker series!


Sept. 8-10, 2015:

AHB Annual Meeting

Sept. 23, 2015:

SEFS Annual Retreat, CUH

Sept. 25, 2015:

Grad Student Orientation

Sept. 30, 2015:

Fall Quarter Begins



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Don’t forget to RSVP for the SEFS Fall Retreat, coming up on Wednesday, September 23, at the Center for Urban Horticulture in NHS Hall. For the new folks, this is an annual event where we gather to discuss and plan for the future of SEFS, and it's an invaluable opportunity to get most of us together in one room. Our current schedule runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with breakfast and lunch included and a reception during the last hour. Grads and undergrads are very welcome, so register now with your UW NetID.

From there, let’s move to some kudos for SEFS doctoral student Jim Cronan, who recently presented at the Society for Ecological Restoration’s (SER) 6th World Conference. Jim showcased some of the work by SER’s UW’s chapter by using plant monitoring data from Whitman Walk, a forest restoration site near the north campus dorms, to determine a list of native species suitable for restoration. (If you’d like to become more involved with SER at UW, check out their website or Facebook page). Great stuff!

Kudos, as well, to SEFS grad student Ben Roe, who attended a meeting at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture on August 26 and 27 in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, he gave a presentation on his experience at UW as a National Needs Fellow, as well as the results of his research on the “Role of environmental trade legislation in curbing the use of illegal wood in China and Vietnam.” Ben also had the chance to meet with representatives from the US Forest Service International Programs office, where he explained his research and discussed issues of timber legality regulations and their impacts on the global timber supply chain. Nice work!



Professors Greg Ettl and Aaron Wirsing will be on sabbatical starting this fall. Both professors will resume teaching in Fall 2016.



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



Professor Josh Lawler and doctoral student Meghan Halabisky are co-authors on a new paper in PLOS ONE, “Projecting the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change on Montane Wetlands.” Also among the co-authors is former SEFS postdoc Maureen Ryan, who is now a senior scientist with Conservation Science Partners. UW News put together a nice story about this research last week, “Climate change could leave Pacific Northwest amphibians high and dry.”



SEFS research associate Van Kane was quoted in a recent story from International Business Times, “How Many Trees Are There In The World? Scientists Have A New Estimate And It’s Way More Than They Thought.”

Michelle Ma at UW News wrote a fantastic story for advance press about the AHB annual meeting and our biofuels research, “Poplar trees are best bet for biofuel in UW-led research project.”

If you’d like to learn even more about biofuels, AHB has a great new video, "Renewable Biofuels and Biochemicals: Acetic Acid," which prominently features Professor Rick Gustafson.



Just a reminder that SEFS alumnus Willis Littke, a former Ph.D. student with Professor Emeritus Bob Edmonds, will be giving the second talk of the SEFS Seminar Series on Wednesday, October 7, at 3:30 p.m. in AND 223, “Saving Forest Health: My Career as a UW Forest Resources Grad.” Littke recently retired from Weyerhaeuser after a long career as a forest health researcher. Following his talk, we’ll be hosting the annual Salmon BBQ in the Anderson Courtyard!