Ashley Ahearn to Emcee Climate Change Video Awards

Our third UW Climate Change Video Contest is well underway, and we are excited to announce that Ashley Ahearn, an award-winning environmental reporter with KUOW, will be the emcee for the award show and screening on Friday, June 2, at Town Hall Seattle! Ashley earned a master's in science journalism from the University of Southern California and has completed reporting fellowships with MIT, Vermont Law School, the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island, and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. She has covered numerous multimedia stories around Washington and the Pacific Northwest, from the Elwha River recovery to an interview with our own Carol Bogezi, and we’re thrilled to have her host our award show!



SEFS Year-End Celebration and Silent Auction: May 23!

For this year’s celebration, set for Tuesday, May 23, from 3 to 6 p.m., we’re hoping to hold it in the Anderson Hall courtyard (weather permitting). The rest of the festivities will be familiar: delicious catered snacks, an expansive wine tasting, loads of fun items to bid on in the Silent Auction (more details coming soon), and the presentation of our annual SEFS awards. So mark your calendars now, and nominate your students and colleagues by May 5!


Travelogue: Southern Gates Garden Tour

From March 19 to 26, SEFS doctoral student Eve Rickenbaker helped guide “Behind the Garden Gate,” an exclusive garden tour of Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., offered by the UW Botanic Gardens in partnership with Earthbound Expeditions. Check out the gorgeous photos and stories Eve shared from the memorable trip!


Photo Gallery: Pack Forest Spring Planting

During spring break a few weeks ago, three SEFS undergrads—Rachael Cumberland, Paul Heffner and Nicole Lau—took part in the annual Spring Planting down at Pack Forest. Take a look at some photos from their memorable and immensely productive week in the woods!


You’re Invited (4/25): Toward Renewable Energy & Ecosystem Services (TREES) Summit

Hosted by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) and GreenWood Resources, the one-day summit is free and open to the public, and it will be held at the Brightwater Education and Community Center in Woodinville, Wash., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more and register by April 15 if you’d like to attend.


Xi Sigma Pi Research Grants

This spring, the Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society will award two grants of up to $1,000 each to support graduate and undergraduate research for students currently enrolled at SEFS. These grants are based on merit and financial need and will be applicable for research activities and/or equipment that is otherwise unattainable by the student. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 1, so read more about the application process!


Meet the Husky 100!

A couple issues ago, we were thrilled to share that two SEFS graduate students—Jessica Hernandez and Loma Pendergraft—were named to the Husky 100 for 2017. Now you can learn a little more about these honorees, as well as the other six winners from the College of the Environment!


April 12, 2017:

Student Brown Bag Lunch, 12-1 p.m., AND 207

May 23, 2017:

SEFS Year-End Celebration, 3-6 p.m.

June 2, 2017:

Climate Change Video Awards, 7-9 p.m., Town Hall

June 9, 2017:

SEFS Graduation Celebration, 2 p.m., Kane Hall 120



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We are excited to welcome Sarah Converse as our newest faculty member! Sarah joined us mid-March as an associate professor and unit leader for the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, a position funded by the U.S. Geological Survey. Sarah’s home department with be with us in SEFS, and she will share a joint appointment with the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Her office is in Anderson 123A, and you can email her at Please join us in welcoming Sarah, and we will have a longer introduction for her in the next issue!

From there, we’ll launch into some great kudos for SEFS doctoral student Korena Mafune, who was recently awarded a $750 William C. Denison Mentor Travel Award from the Mycological Society of America to present her research at the 2017 conference in Athens, Ga., July 16-19. Also, the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) accepted Korena’s abstract to give an oral presentation in Freiburg on September 18 to 22. Nice work!

Kudos to Professor Sharon Doty, who was invited to join an interdisciplinary team coming together for a College of Engineering initiative to create a Space Policy and Research Center on campus. Check out some of the other faculty involved in this evolving enterprise!

We also have kudos to junior ESRM major Jessica Alice O'Hanlon, who spent a day volunteering at the Northwest Environmental Forum on Wednesday, March 29. (Kudos, as well, to Sarah Thomas, who put in countless hours behind the scenes to pull off the forum!)

On the events front, tomorrow, April 11, the Seattle Public Library invites you to a talk featuring author and Seattle Times environmental reporter Lynda Mapes about her forthcoming book, Witness Tree. Her talk will be held at the Central Library at 7 p.m.

On April 18, Professor Erik Nilsen from Virginia Tech will be in town conducting research on rhododendrons at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way for one of his research projects on the physiological ecology of rhododendron species. He will be giving a public seminar at UW on Tuesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. in Hitchcock 312: “Thermonastic leaf movements in Rhododendron: Patterns, functional significance and possible causes.”

Then, on April 29 Professor Sally Brown will be one of four panelists—including former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn!—at a Teach it Forward event, “Confronting Climate Change.” The panel will be held at the Impact Hub (220 2nd Avenue South) starting at 1 p.m., with a networking reception to follow at 2:30 p.m. Learn more and register to join this great event!

Also, don’t forget that another Student Brown Bag Lunch is coming up this Wednesday, April 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Forest Club Room. Bring your lunch and come hang out with fellow students (staff and faculty also invited), and this time we promise to provide some treats!



On Wednesday, May 3, the College of the Environment is hosting “Meet, Greet, Teach: An informal conversation on interdisciplinary approaches to teaching,” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Fishery Sciences 203. The theme this spring is “Expanding the Universe, Braiding the Path: Can non-Western ways play a role in expanding science education? How might we weave together multiple starting points to create a greater, integrated whole?” Among the four speakers will be Professor Ernesto Alvarado, and you can RSVP for free online (by May 2).

The next meeting of the UW Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will take place this Tuesday, April 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. in HUB room 334 (food will be provided). The topic for this month's meeting is: “Imposter Syndrome: what is it and how to defeat it.” SACNAS is open to all students and offers a support network, leadership development, mentorship and outreach opportunities for anyone interested in supporting underrepresented minorities in science. For more information, contact or check out their Facebook page (UW SACNAS Chapter).



Nothing new to report this week.



Wildlife Seminar: Mondays, 3:30-4:50 p.m., Kane 130

ESRM 429 Seminar: Tuesdays, 8:30-9:20 a.m., AND 223

SEFS Seminar Series: On hiatus until Autumn 2017



While on sabbatical last year, Professor Aaron Wirsing joined with SEFS Affiliate Assistant Professor Thomas Newsome and other Australian colleagues to write an essay addressing the possibility that wolves might once again be embarking on the path to domestication because of their increasing reliance on human food in many areas. The essay, published on April 5 in Bioscience ("Making a New Dog?"), explores the many possible consequences of human proximity for wolves, as well as other large carnivores—including Australia's dingo—which might also include increased conflict and disruption of ecological roles. The article has already garnered some media attention, including a write-up in Science, "Are some wolves being ‘redomesticated’ into dogs?"



On March 29, EurekAlert ran a nice story, “Reusable carbon nanotubes could be the water filter of the future, says RIT study,” about a new paper published in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology. Professor Anthony Dichiara is a co-author on that paper, “Emerging investigators series: highly effective adsorption of organic aromatic molecules from aqueous environments by electronically sorted single-walled carbon nanotubes.”



SEFS alumnus Ryan Haugo (’06, M.S.; ’10, Ph.D.), senior forest ecologist at The Nature Conservancy, was quoted in a Seattle Times story on April 3, “Thinning of forests aims to reduce fire risk in Central Cascades.”