Hoop It Up

Three years ago, SER-UW’s Native Plant Nursery consisted of a few burlap sacks of leftover plants from restoration projects around campus (plus a family of ducks living in one of the bags!). But the program has since grown considerably, including weekly work parties and other projects, a huge stock of native plants for sale, and a brand-new permanent hoop house at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Learn more about the Native Plant Nursery and dedicated students who have made it thrive—and RSVP to attend the ribbon-cutting for the hoop house this Friday!



Earth Week Activities!

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22, and you can find great ways to celebrate all week, including near-daily activities with our IFSA local committee, and a host of events through the broader UW community!


This Thursday (4/21): Sustaining Our World Lecture

We are very excited to welcome Lynda V. Mapes, author and environmental reporter for the Seattle Times: “Witness Tree: My year with a single, 100-year-old oak.” The lecture is open to the public and will be held on Thursday, April 21, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Johnson Hall 102. Event registration is free, so RSVP now!


IFSA Students Connect in Quebec City

From February 9 to 14, Salina Abraham, Rachel Yonemura, Miku Lenentine and Cleo Woodcock attended the Canadian American Regional Meeting (CARM) as part of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA). Read what Salina and Rachel wrote about the memorable experience!


Director's Message: Spring 2016

SEFS Director Tom DeLuca reflects on the political polarization in our country—particularly regarding land-management issues—and how the emergence of cross-laminated timber (CLT) could help bridge some of these divides.


UW Botanic Gardens BioBlitz: May 6 and 7!

Coming up on May 6 and 7, the UW Botanic Gardens invites you to join our 2016 BioBlitz at the Washington Park Arboretum! A BioBlitz is an intense period of biological surveying in an attempt to record all the living species within a designated area. Sign up this year and help us look for bats, birds, insects, lichens, weeds, spiders and mussels at the Arboretum’s Foster Island.


SEFS Year-End Celebration: Submit Your Award Nominations!

For our celebration on May 25, we are now accepting nominations for four categories: Staff Member of the Year, Faculty Member of the Year, Undergraduate Student of the Year, and Graduate Student of the Year. Nominations are due to Sarah Thomas by May 2, so read more about the awards and help us recognize your outstanding peers, professors and students!


April 21, 2016:

Guest Lecture with Andrew Waugh, 10:30 a.m., HUB 332

April 21, 2016:

Sustaining Our World Lecture, 6-7 p.m., Johnson 102

May 25, 2016:

SEFS Year-End Celebration, 4:30-6:30 p.m., AND 207

June 10, 2016:

SEFS Graduation, 10:30 a.m., Kane Hall 130



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We’ve rarely had such a busy week of talks and events ahead of us—it’s almost dizzying—so we hope you’re feeling extra caffeinated this week! In addition to the other lectures and Earth Day events we’ve noted already, we have a few more talks you should definitely have on your radars.

First, this Tuesday, April 19, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, the Xi Sigma Pi forestry honor society invites you to a talk featuring two U.S. Forest Service foresters, Emily Platt and Jamie Kingsbury: “Charting a Path for Managing the Region's National Forests.” Platt is a planning specialist for Region 6, based out of Portland, Ore., and she will be discussing the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP), including the current planning process for the new NWFP for 2017/2018. Kingsbury is the new forest supervisor for the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and will share 25 years of Forest Service experience, focusing on the complexities of supervising an area with a distinguished past and rapidly changing future. Their talks will be followed by a Q&A session and pizza party—and then an alumni networking event hosted by IFSA—so come out for some terrific presentations and conversation!

Next, the morning before the Sustaining Our World Lecture on April 21, we will be co-hosting a visiting talk with Andrew Waugh, founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects in London and a vocal advocate for mass timber construction. The talk is open to the public and will be held in HUB 332 at 10:30 a.m. We have about 20 seats left, so RSVP today if you’d like to go!

We’re also about to kick off another string of candidate seminars for the new Forest Ecosystem Science and Services faculty position. The first one—nestled between our two other talks this Thursday—will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room: “Mayhem in the forest ... or business as usual? Forest ecology during a period of accelerating global change and disturbance activity,” with Dr. Brian Harvey, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Colorado - Boulder. (Future candidate talks as part of this search are scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 28, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 3, 9:30-10:30 a.m.)

The schedule doesn’t get much lighter in the coming weeks, either.

On Thursday, April 27, the WA Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit's Annual Research Review and Business Meeting will be held all day—first in the Forest Club Room, and then in Anderson 22 after lunch. All SEFS students, staff and faculty are invited to join the student presentations from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m.

Then, on Tuesday, May 17, the 8th annual Urban Forest Symposium returns to the Center for Urban Horticulture. Explosive population growth is underway in the Puget Sound region, and this symposium will explore approaches to sustaining the urban forest in the face of this rapid densification. Speakers will introduce the tenets of Smart Growth initiatives that have been widely adopted by policy makers, influencing land-use decisions and the urban forest in Seattle and around the world. Case studies of successful approaches from Seattle and other cities will offer insights into ways to creatively address our local challenges. Read more and register!

Also, the day after our SEFS Year-End Celebration on May 25, the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation invites you to its Annual Meeting on May 26. It’s the foundation’s biggest event of the year, and you’ll get to hear updates on all things WPPF. Our students look forward to showcasing their work at the poster session; Kurt Haunreiter will have a paper machine demo and tour for you in our Paper and Bioresource Science Center; and we close the day with celebrations at the University Club, which will include a silent auction, live jazz, a “dessert frenzy,” student reflections, and our Outstanding Alumni and Wall of Fame award presentations. If you’d like to attend, SEFS faculty and staff do not have to pay the general $225 meeting fee, but you would be expected to cover the cost of lunch or dinner ($25/lunch and $60/dinner). Contact Juliet Louie if you have any questions, or to request the faculty/staff registration form, which must be returned by May 16.

Eventually, we’ll cap off the year on Friday, June 10, with the SEFS Graduation Celebration, which will feature SEFS alumnus Phil Rigdon (’96, B.S.) as the keynote speaker. The ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Kane Hall 130, to be followed by a reception in the Anderson Hall courtyard. More details coming soon!

Phew, that was exhausting. No onto a wave of kudos!

We’ll begin with kudos to SEFS grad students Nick Neverisky and Catherine Kuhn, who recently participated in the Natural Capital Project Symposium in Stanford, Calif. Nick and Catherine are graduate research fellows with the Natural Capital Project's node at the University of Washington, where they research stakeholder values of urban ecosystem services, and gaseous carbon emissions from hydrologic systems, respectively. The symposium was an international meeting of researchers and managers working to integrate the value provided by nature into decision-making processes.

Kudos, as well, to SEFS master’s student Kat Cerny-Chipman, who recently received $300 from the Director’s Office to attend the SERNW Regional Conference in Portland, Ore., where she presented with fellow MEH student Zac Mallon about the restoration of Yesler Swamp, and the work of the SER-UW student chapter in developing long-term monitoring at the site. Kat also presented her own research on vegetation community trajectories of dike-breach restoration sites in the Snohomish Estuary. Good stuff!

We also have kudos for SEFS master’s candidate Ashley Blazina, who received $300 from the Director’s Office to attend the Society for Ethnobiology annual conference. Ethnobiology (along with ethnoecology and ethnobotany) is a very small field of study, and Ashley says most academics in the field are relegated to going at their work solo. So having the opportunity to talk to people in this discipline is a rarity and an important chance for deep collaboration and idea exchanges. While at the conference, she was able to eat lunch with Nancy Turner, a longtime juggernaut in the field of ethnoecology in the Pacific Northwest, and Ashley also presented a paper on some of the cultural challenges and considerations of her work. Nicely done!

Kudos to Professor Patrick Tobin, who is part of a research collaborative involving UW, Purdue University and Virginia Commonwealth University that was just awarded a National Science Foundation grant for $792,577. The goal of this project, “A landscape resistance mapping approach to understanding species invasion patterns,” is to examine the multiple factors that shape the invasion pattern of an infamous North American invader, the gypsy moth.

We’ll end the kudos with some rousing thanks to everyone who helped organize this year’s SEFS Spring Gathering on April 10! Primary organizers included Sarah Thomas, Jessica Farmer, Bob Edmonds, Colton Miller and Karl Wirsing, and a great many other people chipped in: Bear Dolbeare, Bridger Machus and Juliet Louie helped with setup, food organization and cleanup; Bruce and Barb Lippke put together a fantastic wine tasting; Ara Erickson arranged the live music; Monika Moskal and Sarah Reichard gave welcoming remarks; and Tom Hinckley introduced our 2016 Honored Alumnus award recipient, Ross Braine. The Spring Gathering is always a big team effort, and we greatly appreciate everyone who volunteered and came to make it such a fun Sunday afternoon!

On the sillier side, we received fun tidings from Professor John Marzluff and SEFS master’s student Loma Pendergraft, who recently visited the United Kingdom to attend a meeting on urban birds. They visited the lab of colleagues at Cambridge to see their work on bird cognition, and also visited the ravenmaster at the Tower of London. The Queen of England appoints the ravenmaster, who tends the ravens that must remain in the tower or else, as superstition holds, “the Crown will fall and Britain with it.” It’s quite a job that also involves guarding the crown jewels, and Loma got a photo with Chris Skaife, the current ravenmaster, in case you spotted it on the SEFS Facebook page!

And finally, students: This summer SEFS doctoral student Robert Tournay will be co-leading two different programs in Costa Rica through UW Tacoma: a month-long field course in ecology and community (12 credits), and a month-long internship in sustainable agriculture and conservation (5 credits). The courses are hosted through UW Tacoma, but they are open to all UW students—and the credits should be transferable to SEFS. So check out the two opportunities, and contact Robert if you have any questions.



The SEFS Planning Committee received a charge letter to discuss outcomes of the 2015 planning retreat and begin making preparations for the 2016 retreat. Committee members include Monika Moskal (Chair), Karl Wirsing, Wendy Gibble, David Butman, Josh Lawler, Beth Gardner, Sarah Thomas, Michelle Trudeau, Wendy Star and Tom DeLuca.

Also, in addition to the conference room in 107A, we rearranged offices to open up 107C as an extra meeting space in Anderson Hall. Like 107A, 107C has a sign-up sheet outside the door and is available on a first come, first served basis.



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

SEFS Senior Seminar: Tuesdays, 8:30-9:20 a.m., AND 223

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



Charles Luce (’86, B.S.; ’90, MS), who works for the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho, was a co-author on a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “Slow climate velocities of mountain streams portend their role as refugia for cold-water biodiversity.”



Michelle Ma at UW News put together a great piece about the Sustaining Our World Lecture coming up this Thursday, “Author, reporter Lynda V. Mapes discusses year with 100-year-old ‘Witness Tree’ in April 21 talk.” Her story went out in the campus-wide UW Today email this morning!



If you picked up a copy of the March 18 issue of The Wall Street Journal, you might have noticed that both Daniel Karpen (’70,. B.S.) and Robert Van Pelt (‘91, M.S.; ’95, Ph.D.) were featured in a story, “Big-Tree Hunters Battle to Topple Records of Forest Titans.”