Lights, Camera, Climate Action!

Entries started streaming in over the weekend for the UW Climate Change Video Contest, and, like last year, we’re anticipating a major surge of submissions with the deadline approaching later today. Our internal judging committee will get to work whittling the videos down to five finalists each in the high school and undergraduate categories, and then our external panel of scientists, artists and filmmakers will decide on the winners: $5,000 for first prize, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third. The final award show and public screening is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Town Hall in downtown Seattle. It’s going to be another fun, inspiring evening, so we hope you’ll mark your calendars and come feed off the creativity and vision of future environmental leaders!



SEFS Spring Gathering: April 10!

Coming up this Sunday, April 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture, the annual Spring Gathering is a family-friendly potluck barbecue, with live music and a wine tasting (naturally, it’s a SEFS event!)—and, so far, a fantastic weather forecast. All alumni, students, staff, faculty and friends are invited, so RSVP today for a lively afternoon!


Spring 2016 Seminars: Feast on These!

This quarter, immerse yourself in great talks three days a week starting with the Wildlife Seminar, held Mondays from 3:30 to 4:50 p.m. in Kane Hall 130; the SEFS Senior Seminar, held Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. in Anderson 223; and the SEFS Seminar Series, held Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in Anderson 223. It’s a bonanza of scholarly brilliance!


Sustaining Our World Lecture: April 21

For our annual spring 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, but RSVP as early as possible to make sure we have enough seating.


Guest Lecture with Andrew Waugh: April 21

The morning before the Sustaining Our World Lecture, we will also 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. RSVP now!


Professor Butman Awarded NSF Grant to Study Coastal Rainforest Ecosystems

Partnering with researchers at the University of Alaska Southeast, David will be working to quantify what’s happening now in coastal temperate rainforest ecosystems, identify critical areas of future research—especially related to a changing climate—and build an international community of scientists in similar zones around the world.


SEFS Year-End Celebration: May 25!

This year, we’re updating the name of our annual Recognition Event—which, let’s be honest, has always sounded a bit stodgy—to reflect its proper role as a culminating celebration featuring a short awards program, plenty of wine and beer, catered snacks and the silent auction. Four of the biggest award categories are based entirely on nominations, so help us recognize your outstanding classmates and colleagues!


April 10, 2016:

SEFS Spring Gathering, 4-7 p.m., CUH

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 hardly know where to start with the kudos this issue, because we’ve been inundated with outstanding news. So we’ll jump in and kick things off with a rousing congratulations for SEFS doctoral candidate Jorge Tomasevic, who was recently honored with a 2016 UW Excellence in Teaching Award! In addition to earning the high praise of his students, peers and professors, Jorge will receive a $5,000 stipend for the award. It’s a major campus-wide achievement—only two TAs were recognized across the university—and we couldn’t be happier for him!

Major kudos also belong to Professor Jerry Franklin, who on February 18 was awarded the Pinchot Medallion by the Pinchot Institute for Conservation. The ceremony was held at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C., and Jerry was recognized for his “extraordinary public service and unparalleled contributions to ecosystem science and policy.” Gifford Pinchot is considered the father of forestry in the United States, having been the first formally trained forester (he got his training in Germany and France), and he was the founder and first Chief of the United States Forest Service in 1905. Congratulations, Jerry!

We’ll keep rolling with big-time kudos to one of our ESRM students, Sierra Kross, who was chosen as one of the Husky 100! The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. As part of this prestigious group, Sierra and her fellow honorees will receive recognition at a Husky 100 event during spring quarter, and individual profiles on a Husky 100 website that will launch in May 2016; opportunities throughout the following academic year to expand networks with UW students, alumni, faculty, staff and business leaders; membership in an exclusive LinkedIn group that will help build connections with employers; customized career counseling from the UW Career Center; and invitations to events hosted by the UW president and provost. Awesome work, Sierra!

Kudos to SEFS undergrad Jennifer Ginn, who was awarded $250 from the Director's Office for her senior capstone project. After speaking with Greg Ettl, Ernesto Alvarado and Dave Cass at Pack Forest, Jennifer helped identify a knowledge gap in the general ecology of the forest’s mammal species. So she will be using this award to help conduct a multispecies camera-trapping study from May to September 2016 to assess relative abundance, condition and some habitat usage of the black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemonius ssp. sitchensis), elk (Cervus elaphus), black bear (Ursus americana), mountain lion (Felis concolor) and coyote (Canis latrans) that have been recorded at Pack Forest. She says she is extremely grateful for this unique opportunity to conduct a research project that brings her closer to her career and educational goals, and which allows her to contribute to the understanding of an essential learning center like Pack Forest. Good stuff!

We have some kudos, as well, for David Zuckerman, who recently wrapped up his excellent, long-standing service as the chair of Health and Safety Committee #10, which covers the College of the Environment. There are 11 of these committees across campus, and they meet monthly to engage employees in efforts to reduce illnesses and injuries in the workplace. Nice work, David!

We received some fantastic kudos for three grad students—Michael Havrda, Clint Robins and Carol Bogezi—who recently spoke to high school students taking part in Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center's Environmental Science and Technology Practicum: a hands-on survey of environmental science careers. “They were nothing short of awesome,” wrote one of the organizers. “The variety in both their undergraduate backgrounds and their routes to finding their vocation within science were eye-opening and inspiring for our students. They interacted with our teens with ease and confidence, and encouraged the students to give real thought to framing a career in science not simply as a job, but as a lifestyle of lifelong learning, curiosity and collaboration. Their enthusiasm for their work and passion for sharing it made a strong impression.” Beautifully done!

On the events front, the UW Student Chapter of the Society of American Foresters would like to invite you to an evening dinner event in the Forest Club Room from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12. Featuring a presentation by foresters from American Forest Management, Inc., the evening includes free dinner and beverages, and also raffle giveaways of $25 gift cards to Chipotle and REI. Discussion topics include urban forestry, forest management of timber investment management organizations, inventory and data management, and appraisal. Contact Marisa Bass with any questions. Hope you can make it!

The UW News office is going to start offering media trainings for researchers across campus who want to learn about working with the media, share their experiences and build interview skills. They have put together a survey to gauge which topics are of most interest to folks, so if you could take a few moments to respond, that would be a huge help. The deadline to respond is April 15, and the trainings are expected to begin by the fall quarter. Contact Michelle Ma if you have any questions.

Also, there’s a new campus group focused on sustainability and corporate citizenship, Net Impact, and they have an info session this evening, April 4, at 6 p.m. in Savery 156. Net Impact has chapters on campuses and in businesses across the county, and it’s nationally a high-quality organization, so email Ian Evans if you’d like to learn more.



This March, the SEFS Research Committee awarded four grants through the Institute of Forest Resources and the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research program, totaling $374,877 in funding. After final approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these projects will begin during the 2016 Fall Quarter and last two years, wrapping up by September 30, 2018. Read more about the funded projects.



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

SEFS Senior Seminar: Tuesdays, 8:30-920 a.m., AND 223

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



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News of the Arboretum Loop Trail project has generated a great deal of enthusiastic press around Seattle, from the Seattle Bike Blog (“Work begins next week on Arboretum Trail set to open late 2017”) to neighborhood news sources like the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog (“Arboretum trail will give Central Seattle its very own Green Lake”) and Madison Park Times (“Arboretum Loop Trail construction begins”).



We are excited to announce that SEFS alumnus Phil Rigdon (’96, B.S.) will be the keynote speaker for SEFS graduation, which will be held on Friday, June 10, at 10:30 a.m. in Kane Hall 130. We’ll have more details about the graduation celebration soon, but we’re thrilled to have Phil share his story with our graduates!