School of Environmental and Forest Sciences  |   College of the Environment

2016 Sustaining Our World Lecture
Johnson Hall, Room 102

The UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences invites you to attend the 2016 Sustaining Our World Lecture, "Witness Tree: My year with a single, 100-year old oak," featuring Lynda V. Mapes, author and environmental reporter for the Seattle Times.

When: Thursday, April 21, 2016, from 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Johnson Hall, Room 102, UW Seattle (previously Kane Hall)
Cost: The lecture is free and open to the public

About the Lecture
What can one tree tell us about our changing world? Lynda will show slides from her year exploring the human and natural history of a single, 100-year old red oak tree at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass., and read from her book Witness Tree, forthcoming from Bloomsbury Publishing.

Sustaining Our World_Witness Tree2About the Speaker
Lynda Mapes is a staff writer at the Seattle Times, where she specializes in covering native cultures, natural history and environmental topics. Over the course of her career, she has won numerous national and regional awards, most recently a 2012 award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest professional science association. She has written three previous books, most recently Elwha, a River Reborn (The Mountaineers Books, 2012), about the largest dam removal project ever in history and the effort to restore a wilderness watershed in Washington’s Olympic National Park, and its once legendary salmon runs. Now in its second printing, the book also was the inspiration for a major exhibition at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle from September 2013 to March 2014, and is now touring across the country for three years.

In 2013-14, Lynda was awarded a prestigious nine-month Knight fellowship in Science Journalism at MIT. While there, she focused her study on how seasons and species are affected by climate change. Her research trips to the Harvard Forest for this work earned her the honor of an appointment as a fellow and science writer in residence at the Harvard Forest. As her work with scientists at the forest unfolded, she discovered the idea for her new book project, Witness Tree, an intimate look at what one tree in the forest tells us about climate change, now under contract with Bloomsbury Publishing. In March 2014, Lynda was awarded another prestigious fellowship, this time from Harvard University. Her 12-month Bullard Fellowship in Forest Research began in September 2014, enabling her to take up residence at Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass., to continue her work and write Witness Tree.

A birder, gardener, hiker and close observer of the natural world, Lynda lives in Seattle with her husband, Doug MacDonald.

Parking is available in the Central Plaza Garage below Red Square. There will be a $10 fee per vehicle. Please request disability parking at the gatehouse if needed. A detailed campus map may be viewed at

Johnson Hall is located across Red Square from Kane Hall, where you will likely exit if you've used the Central Parking Garage. Elevators are available from multiple levels and will take you directly into Kane Hall, and you can then walk south across the square and down Rainier Vista, where you will find Johnson Hall on your right past Gerberding Hall, and directly across from Mary Gates Hall.

From I-5, take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn east onto NE 45th Street. Continue east about one quarter mile to 15th Avenue NE and turn right. Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street. Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage. Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage.

Transit Information
The University of Washington encourages you to join our efforts to improve traffic conditions and to protect the environment. Please consider using an alternative to driving alone to get to events on campus. There are more than 60 bus routes from all over King and Snohomish counties serving the University District, and we are especially excited this year for the recent opening of the new Sound Transit Link light rail stop at Husky Stadium. Johnson Hall is a five- to seven-minute walk from the station, and you can cross the grass bridge to reach the pathway on Rainier Vista!

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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