The Book of Daniel

A few years ago, Helene Fowler inherited the unpublished manuscript of her late uncle’s autobiography, The Book of Daniel. Its author, our alumnus Daniel Gellermann (’39, B.S.), passed away on October 3, 2012, less than a month shy of his 96th birthday. His manuscript is dated 1987, and it’s an incredibly detailed, nearly week-by-week account of his life, from as early as he can remember up through school, work, family and retirement. Within that narrative, Daniel dedicates about 20 pages to his time as an undergraduate at UW, and his writing style opens an intimate and unvarnished window into his thoughts and experiences as a student in the 1930s. We decided to pull out and share a few lines and memories that especially stood out to us, including the entirety of his great introduction!



Farm to Table Dinner: October 27!

On Thursday, October 27, the UW Farm will be hosting its third annual Farm to Table Dinner! Featuring food grown on campus and from other local producers—and cooked by Chaco Canyon Organic Café—this is a dinner you don’t want to miss. Tickets are on sale now, so book your spot at the table today!


Native Plant Sale: November 6!

The Society for Ecological Restoration - UW Chapter’s Native Plant Nursery will be hosting a public plant sale on Sunday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture. They will be selling 50 different species—from Pacific bleeding hearts to Oregon grape, Sitka spruce, poplars, salmonberry and many more—so come pick out your favorite native plants and support your local student-run nursery!


Notes from the Field: Kyrgyzstan

Working in collaboration with Panthera and the local managers of the Sarychat-Ertash State Nature Reserve, SEFS doctoral student Shannon Kachel is exploring interactions between snow leopards and wolves in Kyrgyzstan. This September, Professor Aaron Wirsing got to join Shannon there for a couple weeks of field research—and also an unlikely rendezvous with his father, Robert Wirsing, in the capital city of Bishkek!


2016 Salmon BBQ: Photo Gallery

On October 5, we hosted the largest Salmon BBQ we can remember. The weather turned beautiful after a dodgy forecast in the morning, and record numbers turned out—and waited patiently in line for a shot at the salmon!—for a boisterous afternoon among friends and colleagues. In case you missed the fun or want to spot yourself in the crowd, take a look at some photos from the afternoon!


A Dedication for the Dedicated: John Wott Way

On Sunday, October 2, some 200 friends and colleagues gathered in the Washington Park Arboretum to celebrate Professor Emeritus John Wott at the dedication of a trail—John Wott Way—in his honor. The afternoon dedication included a Scottish bagpiper, speeches, ribbon cutting, cake and champagne, and a procession along the trail, which runs through the New Zealand Forest in the Pacific Connections Garden.


Oct. 27, 2016:

Farm to Table Dinner, 6:30-9 p.m., CUH

Nov. 6, 2016:

Native Plant Sale, 10-1 p.m., CUH

Dec. 7, 2016:

SEFS Holiday Party, 4:30-6:30 p.m., AND 207

Dec. 13, 2016:

Farewell Party for Tom (details TBD)



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Last Thursday, October 13, we hosted a Celebration of Life for Professor Sarah Reichard, and several hundred people turned out to honor her—first at a walk through the Arboretum, and then at a formal reception at the Don James Husky Center. We hope to have video of the reception, which includes wonderful remarks from those who shared remembrances of Sarah, available in the coming weeks.

From there, we’ll turn to some big-time kudos for Professors Sharon Doty and Josh Lawler, who have been officially promoted from associate to full professor!

We also have exciting news from the UW Botanic Gardens, which has launched a new website!

We have quite a bit to share on the events and activities front, as well, starting this Friday, October 21, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Forest Club Room, when we invite you to a guest lecture featuring Elias Andersson, a visiting scholar from Umea University in Sweden, and E. Carina H. Keskitalo: “Making it count: Climate change adaptation logics in Swedish forestry.”

Save the Date: We have two events coming up in December that we hope you’ll mark on your calendars today. First up, on Wednesday, December 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, is our annual SEFS Holiday Party! Then, on Tuesday, December 13, we’ll be hosting a farewell party for Tom DeLuca (likely from 4 to 7 p.m.). We’re still finalizing the details for both parties, but we hope you’ll lock down those dates now!

Last Friday, October 14, inclement weather forced us to postpone Professor Emeritus Bruce Lippke’s presentation for the Evening Talks at ONRC speaker series. His talk, “Policy Impacts on Carbon Emissions: How to keep fossil emissions out of the atmosphere,” has been rescheduled for October 28.

Amazon Catalyst grants are supporting two projects involving SEFS researchers—known as Amazon Catalyst Fellows—who share a passion for building solutions to real-world problems. Catalyst Fellows are UW students, postdocs, faculty and staff working on a variety of projects, from computer science to global health. Read more about our projects: “The Next Generation of Wood Products: Forests, foresters benefit from thermally treated wood,” which involves Professors Ivan Eastin, Anthony Dichiara, Indroneil Ganguly and Bernard Bormann; and “Sustainable Charcoal: Charcoal can change the way we think about soil fertility,” which involves Director Tom DeLuca and his doctoral student Si Gao, along with one external affiliate, Kai Hoffman-Krull.

Job Seekers: The Division of Science and Mathematics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma campus anticipates soliciting applications for a tenure track assistant professor faculty position in the area of applied ecology. They are seeking qualified applicants in any area of applied ecology (e.g., fisheries, plant, urban, wildlife, etc). Please keep an eye out for the official ad once it is posted. Read more background about the hiring department, and direct any questions to Joel Baker, chair of the search committee.

First Week to Give Promotion: Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) is partnering with the UW Combined Fund Drive on a First Week to Give promotion. Now through October 21, any donor who makes a pledge of $5 or more, or adds $5 or more to an existing donation, will receive a $5 Starbucks card compliments of WSECU. Donate today!

Students: Don’t forget the 2016 National Convention of the Society of American Foresters will take place in Madison, Wis., from November 2 to 6. A contingent from SEFS will be there to represent our school and programs, so let us know if you have any questions about the conference or would like to attend (or already are attending)!

A final reminder that on October 26 Professor Rick Gustafson will be leading a webinar offering a five-year update on the $40 million USDA grant awarded to Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest. The free webinar will run from 10 to 11 a.m.

And one more nudge to make your way to the Forest Club Room this month to enjoy John Tylczak’s photography exhibition! For the third October in a row, he has loaned us 10 photographs from his wonderful collection, Views from the Northwoods: 1983-1995, and this year’s shots capture scenes from Washington shake and shingle mills that have all since closed. Take a look!



Dean Lisa Graumlich has appointed the Advisory Search Committee to hire the next SEFS director: Greg Miller, CEE (Chair); Renata Bura, SEFS; David Butman, SEFS; Gene Duvernoy, Forterra, College of the Environment Advisory Board; Tom Friburg, College of the Environment Campaign Committee; Wendy Gibble, UW Botanic Gardens; Caitlin Littlefield, SEFS; John Marzluff, SEFS; André Punt, SAFS; Sergey Rabotyagov, SEFS; Edie Sonne Hall, Weyerhaeuser Company; Wendy Star, SEFS; and Julian (Morgan) Varner, U.S. Forest Service. Their charge is to have top candidates identified by May 1, 2017.



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

SEFS Senior Seminar: Schedule TBD.

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



SEFS alumna Carrie Sessions (’15, M.S.) and Professor Sergey Rabotyagov, along with Spencer Wood and David Fisher from Natural Capital, recently had an article published in the Journal of Environmental Management, “Measuring recreational visitation at U.S. National Parks with crowd-sourced photographs.” Carrie is now working for the Washington State Department of Ecology as the policy and legislative lead for the water resources program.

SEFS doctoral student Si Gao is the lead author on a new paper with SEFS Director Tom DeLuca in Advances in Plants & Agriculture Research, “Influence of biochar on soil nutrient transformations, nutrient leaching, and crop yield.”



On October 10, The Daily published a great story about Professor Sharon Doty and research in her lab, “The ancient ally of plants.”

On October 11, Michelle Ma at UW News published a terrific piece about the morel research we shared a few weeks ago, “Morel mushrooms pop up, cluster together after wildfires.”



On September 30, SEFS alumna Christina Restaino (’09, M.S.; ’14, Ph.D.) appeared on the Science Friday radio program in California, “California Trees Battle Beetle Assault Amid Drought,” and the 17-minute segment aired across more than 400 NPR stations around the country (reaching roughly 1.7 million listeners!).