Undergrad Spotlight: Anthony Martinez

On Friday, October 21, as part of the public launch of its capital campaign, the University of Washington ran a multimedia story, “Unleashing the Husky Experience,” that features several students, including one of our undergrads, Anthony Martinez! Anthony is from Loveland, Colorado, and grew up watching the huge pine beetle outbreak in the Rocky Mountains. He joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school, but now he’s back in school studying sustainable forest management as an ESRM major—and he’s looking to continue is work with forest research and policy in graduate school and beyond!



Notes from the Field: Alaska’s Wrangell Mountains

From September 16 to 22, Professor Laura Prugh and her new postdoc, Madelon Van de Kerk, headed to the field in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. They were deploying remote cameras and snow stakes to monitor snow conditions as part of Laura’s NASA ABoVE project involving Dall sheep.


Native Plant Sale: November 6!

Don’t forget that the Society for Ecological Restoration - UW Chapter’s Native Plant Nursery will be hosting a public plant sale this coming 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!


Next Week: Environmental Justice Symposium

In partnership with the Climate Impacts Group, Urban@UW is hosting a symposium on November 7 and 8 to expand university-wide engagement with the complex issues of environmental and climate justice in the context of urbanization and city growth and decline. The free symposium will feature several SEFS faculty members and affiliates, including Director Tom DeLuca and Professors Peter Kahn and Josh Lawler, and you can check out the full agenda online.


Video: Renewable Biofuels and Biochemicals—Biojet Fuel

Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) has put together a series of short videos to help explain current research to convert hybrid poplars into biofuels and other bioproducts. Check out the segments, including this five-minute exploration of biojet fuel!


Annual Christmas Tree Sale!

This year, former Forest Club president and now current graduate student Caileigh Shoot is taking the lead on one of our biggest and most popular community outreach events, and she is recruiting volunteers to make it happen! The plan is to cut the trees on Saturday, December 3, and have them ready for pick-up on Sunday, December 4, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's an awesome experience, so if you or your group—whether student, staff or faculty—are willing to help organize the sale, please email Caileigh right away!


Nov. 6, 2016:

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

Dec. 2, 2016:

Dead Elk Holiday Party, 5 p.m. - ??

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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We’ll kick off today’s Halloween issue with some nice kudos for SEFS master’s student Kaija Klauder, who recently attended the National Park Service Centennial Science and Stewardship Symposium (Alaska Region), held in Fairbanks, Alaska. She presented a poster, “A landscape of unease: scavenging dynamics and habitat use of mesocarnivores in the presence of wolves,” and was able to meet multiple NPS wildlife biologists and collaborators from across the state. The conference emphasized collaboration and the necessity of interdisciplinary communication to address today's quickly evolving management needs, and Kaija also attended an extended Wildlife Necropsy Workshop, which included excellent information about the resources available to biologists to help them assess and track wildlife health issues, as well as a hands-on necropsy lab. Great stuff!

Science Communication Fellowship for Students: Washington Sea Grant, a unit in the College of the Environment, is recruiting applicants for a paid, two-quarter communications fellowship that will enable students to build portfolios that help them gain recognition as writers and communicators by sharing marine knowledge with WSG's diverse audiences. Fellows may write features for Sea Star, manage a media list, blog about coastal research or develop their own multimedia projects to connect people with marine science that matters. Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in any field from Washington universities and colleges may apply. Applicants must demonstrate strong writing skills, a good general grounding in the sciences, and a special interest in marine science, education or policy. Application deadline is November 18, so contact for more information!

Also on the fellowship front, the Pinchot Institute for Conservation is accepting applications for a one-year, potentially renewable fellowship position—focused on carbon management, incentives and markets—in its Portland office, with potential for flexible work location. Pinchot Institute Fellows collaborate with other researchers and policy specialists within and outside the Pinchot Institute to identify, develop and test new policies and business models for solving the complex conservation challenges of the 21st century. This fellowship opportunity in the Western Regional Office will involve coordinating a regional partnership deploying technical and financial assistance to family forest owners in Western Oregon and Washington focused on facilitating access to ecosystem markets. Learn more about desired qualifications and compensation, and how to apply!

Here’s another reminder, as well, about a new faculty opening with the Division of Science and Mathematics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma campus. They are now soliciting applications for a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position in the area of applied ecology, and they are seeking qualified applicants in any area of applied ecology (e.g., fisheries, plant, urban, wildlife, etc). You can apply through the application portal, and screening of applications will begin on December 16, 2016.

Finally, on the events front, we have some great gatherings coming up, starting with Dead Elk’s Annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 2, from 5 p.m. until your witching hour in the Forest Club Room. After that, on Wednesday, December 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room, we will have our annual SEFS Holiday Party. And then on Tuesday, December 13, we’ll be hosting a farewell party for Tom DeLuca (likely from 4 to 7 p.m.). We’ll share more details on these parties as soon as we have them ready!



Nothing new to report; we are expecting word soon on who will serve as interim director after Tom DeLuca’s departure at the end of this calendar year.



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

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



Recent doctoral graduate Jorge Tomasevic has a new paper out with Professor John Marzluff in Urban Ecosystems (from his dissertation), “Cavity nesting birds along an urban-wildland gradient: is human facilitation structuring the bird community?

Professor Phil Levin is a co-editor and contributing author for several articles in a new special edition of the journal Coastal Management, “Interdisciplinary science for a changing ocean: A special issue in honor of Mark Plummer.” Phil’s articles as lead or coauthor include “When Good Fences Make Bad Neighbors: Overcoming Disciplinary Barriers to Improve Natural Resource Management;” “Conceptualization of Social-Ecological Systems of the California Current: An Examination of Interdisciplinary Science Supporting Ecosystem-Based Management;” and “A Framework for Exploring the Role of Bioeconomics on Observed Fishing Patterns and Ecosystem Dynamics.”



For Halloween today, Science ran a fun story, “The seven creepiest science experiments,” that features Professor John Marzluff and his crow experiments with the caveman and Dick Cheney masks!

Professor Josh Lawler was recently featured in November 2016 issue of Seattle’s Child magazine for his work with the EarthGames program, which aims to increase awareness of the importance of climate change through games: “Cartoon polar bears and pikas help kids explore a changing planet.” (The new issue should be live on the website by tomorrow.) Josh also did an interview with KOMO radio about EarthGames, and we’ll share the link to that great segment as soon as it’s available online!

On October 21, Lynda Mapes wrote a great story in the Seattle Times about Yesler Swamp, “Seattle’s own urban swamp gets a boardwalk trail.” A few days later, Michelle Ma at UW News published her own story on the new boardwalk, “Completed boardwalk trail in Yesler Swamp offers access to wildlife, natural areas,” and it was the top feature in today's UW Today campus email!

Also, about a week after Professor Aaron Wirsing returned from his field visit to Kyrgyzstan, doctoral student Shannon Kachel and his team collared their first male snow leopard. Check out a cool blog post and photos from the capture!



We’d mentioned before that Tom Hanson (’71, B.S.) was going to be honored by the Society of American Foresters (SAF), and now it’s official: On October 19, SAF announced that Tom is a recipient of its 2016 Presidential Field Forester Award. The awards recognize foresters who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound, scientific methods and adaptive management strategies. The awards are presented to individuals who have displayed uncommon talent, skill and innovative methods to achieve a record of excellence in the application of forest management.

Tom is director of client services for American Forest Management (AFM) and is a senior forester, arborist and designated real estate broker at AFM’s Kirkland office. He has served SAF in several capacities, including president of the Washington State SAF, and he and 10 other 2016 Presidential Field Forester Award recipients will be recognized at the 2016 SAF National Convention in Madison, Wis., this week. Congratulations, Tom!