What a Grand Graduation!

On Friday, June 9, we honored and celebrated our graduates at the 2017 SEFS Graduation in Kane Hall. SEFS alumnus Brian Kertson (’10, Ph.D.) delivered a rousing keynote (exhorting everyone, among other bits of great advice, to get a dog), Melissa Pingree gave the graduate student address, and Rachel Yonemura spoke on behalf of the undergraduates. We eagerly welcome the Class of 2017 into our ever-growing alumni family and can't wait to hear about their next steps! In case you missed the ceremony and reception, or if you want to spot yourself in the crowd, check out a gallery from the morning—with all photos available to download. (Also, we weren’t able to include every photo, so if you had your picture taken on Friday, but don’t see it here, reach out to Karl Wirsing to see if he has it on file.)



UW Climate Change Video Awards: Photos + Winning Videos!

If you want to feel some of the tremendous energy from the award show, we encourage you to enjoy a gallery of photos from the evening, courtesy of photographer Hannah Letinich—and then grab some popcorn to watch the videos of all six finalists!


Student Spotlight: Daniel Phung

For the Spring 2017 Transfer Newsletter, we submitted a profile of one of our transfer BSE students, Daniel Phung, who is already on his way to Kentucky for a 15-month, fully paid internship with Domtar!


Twilight Tram Tours in the Arboretum!

Back for the second year, the Twilight Tram Tours are a wonderful opportunity to learn about the history and nightlife of the Washington Park Arboretum during the summer, all from the comfort of a 13-passenger tram. Hosted by the UW Botanic Gardens, the tours cost $20 and run from 8 to 9:30 p.m., and the next one—on July 7—will be led by David Zuckerman. See if there are any seats still open!


Save the Date: Annual SEFS Retreat (9/20)!

Remember, this year’s retreat is set for Wednesday, September 20, at the Center for Urban Horticulture (roughly from 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m.). All students, staff, faculty, postdocs, adjuncts and affiliates are invited, and we’ll have more details to share later in the summer!


June 19, 2017:

Start of Summer A Term

July 19, 2017:

End of Summer A Term

Sept. 20:

Annual SEFS Retreat, CUH

Oct. 4, 2017:

Salmon BBQ (tentative)



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With graduation and now the deafening hush of summer, we aren’t exactly inundated with news for this issue, but we do have some fun events and workshops worth noting!

First, this Friday, June 23, SEFS doctoral student Carol Bogezi will be presenting the next installment of the Evening Talks at ONRC speaker series, “People and Carnivores in Washington State.” Carol’s talk is free and open to the public, and it will be held at 7 p.m. at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, Wash.

Then, on Wednesday, June 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., all students are invited to participate in a Camera Trap and GPS Workshop in the Union Bay Natural Area! Your three instructors—graduate students Lauren Satterfield, Shannon Kachel and Apryle Craig—will help you practice basic skills like navigating to a point, marking a point, searching for points, editing points, types of cameras, camera settings, hanging cameras, basic camera-trap study design, and (as time permits) tips for reviewing photos. If you have a field season of experience with these skills, the workshop will probably be too elementary. But if you are new to these areas and want to beef up your field skills, this workshop is a fantastic opportunity. The workshop is free, and you can email Apryle if you want to sign up. Space is limited to 12 people, but if there's overwhelming interest, they might be able to schedule another workshop.

Also, later in the summer the Washington Environmental Council invites you to join a conference—held on September 12 at Cedarbrook Lodge—to discuss how forest management practices can maximize carbon sequestration to combat climate change: Carbon Friendly Forestry: A West Coast Forest Carbon Conference. Registration will open soon, and you can contact Arianne Jaco with any questions in the meantime.



On June 13, the blog In These Times explored the disproportionate impacts that climate change will have on different communities in the United States, “Blacks, Latinos and Indians Think About Climate Change in Ways that Most Other Americans Do Not.”



The SEFS Director Search is now underway, with the second candidate—Dr. Alex Friend—visiting this Wednesday and Thursday. He will be giving his research presentation on Wednesday, June 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room: “Tree and Forest Resilience.” A reception will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The next day, on Thursday, he will present his vision for the school from 1 to 2 p.m., again in the Forest Club Room. Amanda Davis will have more information to share about other times to meet with the candidate.

Next week, the third and final candidate in the search will be on campus on Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29, following a similar schedule for talks. More details on that visit soon.



Wildlife Seminar: Done for the quarter

ESRM 429 Seminar: Done for the quarter

SEFS Seminar Series: On hiatus until Autumn 2017



Professors Greg Ettl and Jon Bakker, as well as alumna Kate McBurney, are co-authors on a new paper in Fungal Ecology, “Ectomycorrhizal community composition and structure of a mature red alder (Alnus rubra) stand.”



SEFS Research Scientist Kathy Wolf was featured in a great story about urban forestry in Planning, “More Trees, Please,” by Andrea Watts. The article is not currently available online, but we have a PDF to share if you’re keen to read it.



On June 12, Civil Eats featured one of our alumni, Carson Beebe Sprenger (’06, M.S.) of Rain Shadow Consulting, in a great feature on biochar, “Is Biochar a Game-Changer for Sustainable Farms?” Other SEFS connections in the story are graduate student Si Gao and former director Tom DeLuca!