9 news posts from October 2020

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Happy hauntings from UW Environment!

Crows roost at UW Bothell

As darkness falls across the land, we are once again at the time of year when temperatures drop, days shorten and scary things start popping up. Last year, we celebrated the season of all things spooky with slimy, creepy creatures found in Pacific Northwest waters. This year, we turned our attention to the land, and invited researchers at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) to share a little about their favorite classic Halloween emblem. 

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2020 Doug Walker Lecture with Jonathan Foley and Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Screenshot of a Zoom meeting

The events of this year have brought to the forefront the importance of the natural world to humanity, the intersection of science informing action and the fundamental human compact to elevate the lives of all people and leave a better world to future generations. Brought to you by the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, this live discussion was moderated by Dean Lisa Graumlich with featured speakers: Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of Project Drawdown Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Founder and CEO of the consultancy Ocean Collectiv, and Founder of Urban Ocean Lab Watch the recording of the 2020 Doug Walker lecture below. 

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Diversity, equity and inclusion at UW Environment

Future Huskies in the lab at Future Student Visit Day 2016.

The tragic events of spring quarter have emphasized the tremendous amount of work that still needs to be done to counteract the mistreatment and marginalization of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPoC) and create an environment that is more just, more equitable and more inclusive. Schools, programs, institutes and departments within the College of the Environment have been working hard to refine, rethink and deepen their work in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) space, often led by unit-level diversity committees. 

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State of the College 2020

Mark Richards and Lisa Graumlich

Dean Lisa J. Graumlich was joined by Provost Mark Richards for her last State of the College address on October 15, 2020 to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on the College of the Environment and University of Washington, continued work in the diversity, equity and inclusion space and the future of environmental science and the College. Watch the full address below! 

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Early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon take the brunt of sea lion predation on the Columbia

Sea lion eating a salmon

The Columbia River is home to one of the West Coast’s most important Chinook salmon runs. Through late spring and early summer, mature fish return from the sea and begin their arduous journey upriver to spawn. In recent years, these fish have faced an additional challenge: hungry California sea lions. A new University of Washington and NOAA Fisheries study found that sea lions have the largest negative effect on early-arriving endangered Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River. 

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