Honoring Professor Steve Harrell

On August 4 to 6, you are invited to a symposium in honor of Steve's retirement, which became official at the end of this spring! Steve held a joint appointment with SEFS and Anthropology and committed a remarkable 43 years of teaching, research and service to the University of Washington. The symposium will be held at the University Club, with the opening session and keynote in the Cascade Room on Friday, August 4, from 5 to 9 p.m., followed by two-day panel sessions in the Yukon Pacific Room, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (including Professor Emeritus Tom Hinckley chairing special panels on topics in environment and ecology from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday). Colleagues and friends are also welcome to join a celebration dinner party at the Waterfront Activity Center at 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 6. For more information, please contact Juan Luo or Xiaoshun Zeng, and we hope you can join in the celebration of Steve!



Interim Director's Message: Summer 2017

As she enters her final months as interim director, Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh reflects on what she’s learned about SEFS through vigorous discussions at faculty meetings—and how those conversations have brought more clarity about the future vision for SEFS on the eve of a new leadership change.


What Do Wildlife Do When We’re Not Watching?

The National Park Service put together a fun blog post about SEFS master’s student Mira Sytsma, who is working with Professor Laura Prugh, and her project in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park using motion-sensor cameras to study the responses of wildlife to tourism and landscape change. The photos are great (and one of them features SEFS undergrad Kiana Young)!


Celebrating Half a Century of WPPF

The Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation has kicked off the celebration of its 50th year, culminating in the annual meeting and award banquet in May 2018. In case you missed this year’s gathering, you can check out a photo gallery of the day’s activities!


New SEFS PowerPoint Template

We’re cheating a bit here, as we aren’t drawing from an existing blog post or gallery, but we’re excited about our new SEFS-branded PowerPoint template and don’t want you to miss it! The template, which is a mix of set design and customizable features, is available for download on our website under Tools: Forms (at the bottom of the page).


Annual SEFS Retreat: Sept. 20!

The retreat always feels like it’s ages away, until it’s suddenly on our doorstep. So don’t forget to clear your calendars for Wednesday, September 20, roughly from 9 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture. All students, staff, faculty, postdocs, adjuncts and affiliates are invited, and we’ll have more details to share soon!


Aug. 18, 2017:

End of Summer B

Sept. 20, 2017:

Annual SEFS Retreat, CUH

Oct. 4, 2017:

Salmon BBQ, 4-6 p.m.

Oct. 18, 2017:

Great American Shakeout



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Please join us in welcoming Jenny Park, who took over as our new payroll coordinator on July 18! Jenny comes to us from the UW Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and she has great payroll experience, including with the new Workday system. We are excited to have Jenny on our team, so we hope you get a chance to drop by her office in Anderson 107C or send her an introductory note!

We have some kudos for Saulyman Corr, who helped promote SEFS and UW at the SeaFair Seattle Pow-wow!

In other fun news, this June we had two students graduating—Meghan Halabisky and Trevor Robinson—who each had a family member in the audience who also graduated from our school. Joining us for the celebration were Meghan’s father Don Halabisky, who earned his Ph.D. with Professor Graham Allen back in 1970, and Trevor’s mother Lin Robinson, who completed her Ph.D. with Professor Clare Ryan in 2010 (Trevor also studied with Clare for his master’s!). Two families, two generations—so when can we expect the next Halabisky or Robinson?!

We hate to end on sad news, but we learned last week that Brad McRae, who held an affiliate professor position with SEFS, passed away. Brad had been working as a senior landscape ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, and we will try to share more information as soon as we can.



On September 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., you have a great opportunity to sign up for Undocu Ally Training, which highlights best practices to support undocumented students. The registration fee is $75, but Michelle Trudeau has suggested her office might be able to help with the cost if you’re interested. The class is limited to 35 students, so act fast if you’d like to participate.

Also, as you’ve almost certainly heard by now, on August 21 there will be a total eclipse of the sun (in Seattle, the eclipse will be about 95 percent). In the lead-up to this visually stunning event, NASA has collected some resources about cultural knowledge regarding eclipses, “The Vanishing Sun: Eclipse Tales from Around the World.”



Not a lot of committee action at the moment, but we’ll keep poking around for updates. We do, however, expect to have news to share soon from faculty search committees.



Wildlife Seminar: Done for the quarter

ESRM 429 Seminar: Done for the quarter

SEFS Seminar Series: Returning Autumn 2017



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SEFS alumna Dana Reid (’17, B.S.) is currently working on a seasonal U.S. Forest Service crew in Lassen National Forest in California. She’s been involved in a variety of surveys, ranging from birds and bumblebees to lava tube caves, and one of the trail cameras they’re monitoring captured photos of the Lassen Pack’s new wolf pups. Check out some photos of those adorable pups in a story from KQED News!