Faculty, students and staff work together to conduct cutting-edge research, education and outreach in a variety of interdisciplinary centers and programs, including those below.

Alaska Salmon Program

  • General Manager: Chris Boatright
  • Department: School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

The Alaska Salmon Program is a collection of remote field stations in the Bristol Bay region and is the site of extensive field research on the biology and management of Pacific salmon for the past 50 years—the world’s longest-running effort to monitor salmon and their ecosystems. The program conducts research on ecology, biological complexity, fisheries management and other studies relating to Alaska salmon and their environment.

Big Beef Creek Field Research Station

  • General Manager: David Rose DiLuna
  • Department: School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Located on the Kitsap Peninsula and connected to the Hood Canal, the Big Beef Creek Field Research Station offers opportunities for teaching and research primarily in the freshwater and marine sciences. The site consists of secondary growth lowland forest dominated by western red cedar, Douglas fir and alder, contains various freshwater environments and an extensive estuarine tidal mud flat. Numerous teaching and research activities occur on site, with an emphasis on ecological studies and the effects of increasing urbanization in the Puget Sound basin.

Friday Harbor Laboratories

  • Director: Billie Swalla

The University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) were established in 1904 for research and teaching in marine biological sciences. The Labs are located in the San Juan Islands in an environment that affords a unique opportunity for marine-based research and teaching, with clean water, diverse habitats and excellent biological resources. FHL offers world-renowned courses and research apprenticeships in fall, spring and summer quarters, as well as providing field and laboratory facilities for excellent basic and applied research to a national and international clientele year round. A primary purpose of FHL is to achieve excellence in education for graduate and undergraduate students, and in research applied to basic and applied problems in the physical, biological and environmental sciences.

Olympic Natural Resources Center

  • Director: Bernard Bormann
  • Department: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Located on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, Washington, the Olympic Natural Resources Center provides scientific information to address critical issues and solve problems concerning forestry and marine sciences in the region. The Center serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and collaborative work, bringing together expertise from forest resources and ocean and fishery sciences. The Center has housing options available for student use.

Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest

  • Director: Greg Ettl
  • Department: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

The purpose of the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest is to discover, teach and demonstrate the concepts of sustainable forestry, with a special focus on advancing the strategic themes of the University of Washington’s School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. The Center aims to provide internationally recognized leadership for sustainable forestland management through research, demonstration and technology transfer. Located at the foot of Mt. Rainier, the Center is sited at Pack Forest, a working forest of more than 4,300 acres.

Botanic Gardens

  • Director: Sarah Reichard
  • Department: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

The University of Washington Botanic Gardens mission is to sustain managed to natural ecosystems and the human spirit through plant research, display and education. The living plant collection contains 10,013 specimens representing 4,190 distinct taxa. The UW Botanic Gardens serves students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public interested in horticulture, restoration ecology and conservation.

Wind River Field Station

  • Director: Jerry Franklin
  • Department: School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

The Wind River Field Station facilitates world-class forest ecosystem research with a 250-foot-tall tower from the former Wind River Canopy Crane. Located near Carson, Washington the Station is used by University of Washington and United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service researchers to gather samples, install instruments and conduct experiments within the area’s biologically diverse old-growth canopies. The tower’s sensors have been collecting data about such things as carbon dioxide absorption and release and air flow since 1999, one of the longest, continuously collected data sets of carbon flux from a forest.