Fantastic Movie Giveaway!

We mean that literally: We’re offering free tickets to an advance screening of Captain Fantastic, a new movie starring Viggo Mortensen that is partly set in the old-growth woods of Pack Forest (and shot almost entirely on location in Washington)! A drama that challenges the idea of what it means to be a parent, the story tracks a devoted father (Viggo) who has raised his family in isolation in the forest until a tragedy forces them to leave their secluded paradise and journey into the outside world. Captain Fantastic won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Picture at the Seattle International Film Festival this year, and it will be released in Seattle on July 15. With this screening, though, you’ll get to watch the film two days early on Wednesday, July 13, at 7 p.m. at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. We have 25 pairs of tickets to give away, and we’ll reserve them for the first 25 people who write us at You’ll get to sit in a reserved SEFS section in the theater, too, so make sure you can attend if you request a pair! (Photo of Mortensen © Bleecker Street)



Professor Wirsing Helps Launch Interactive Video Lesson

Funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation—and based on the Washington Wolf Project—the lesson is designed for use at multiple grade levels and facilitates learning about ecosystems, animal behavior, the importance of predators, and how ecosystems and animals respond to environmental changes by allowing the students to be the scientists.


Graduation Photo Gallery

If you’d like to recapture some of the fun from this year’s graduation celebration, from the ceremony to the reception afterward, then check out our 2016 photo gallery and download any photos you’d like to keep!


Wildlife Research Techniques: Photos from the Field!

This past spring, Professor Laura Prugh took her first turn teaching ESRM 351: Wildlife Research Techniques, a field-intensive course that involves several weekend trips to sites around the state. One of the students in this year’s class, Kacy Hardin, set up a public Facebook group to capture scenes from their trips in photos and short videos. Take a look!


Brockman Tree Tour App: Ready for Download!

Created by Jamy Southafeng and Omar Rojas for their iSchool capstone project, the free Android app is now available for download. So if you have an Android phone, we hope you’ll give it a try and let us know what you think!


July 20, 2016:

Summer Quarter A Term Ends

July 21, 2016:

Summer Quarter B Term Begins

Sept. 21, 2016:

SEFS Annual Retreat

Sept. 28, 2016:

Fall Quarter Begins



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The new name plates have been added to the award plaques in Anderson Hall, so stop by the display case to see the honorees from this year’s SEFS Year-End Celebration—David Campbell, Patrick Tobin, Stephen Calkins and Allison Rossman—etched into SEFS history and lore!

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to make your donation for a winning bid at the Silent Auction, don’t forget to send a confirmation to Karl Wirsing. And if for some reason you never heard whether you won an item—or never received instructions for how to redeem your prize—definitely send us an email so we can make the magic happen!

As part of its “Choose Your Adventure” series, the Cascade Orienteering Club will be hosting an event on Rainier Vista on Sunday, September 11. The event is open to the public, and students are invited to sign up for the afternoon’s activities, from noon to about 2:30 p.m. Learn more and get involved!



The Director’s Council has approved the following office changes and assignments: later this summer, Professor Beth Gardner will be moving offices to Anderson 123D (Bruce Bare’s old office); new research faculty member Van Kane will be moving to Anderson 123A (lab TBD); and recently hired faculty member Greg Bratman will be moving into Anderson 201 when he arrives in fall 2017 (lab TBD).



Wildlife Seminar: Done until the fall.

SEFS Senior Seminar: Done until the fall.

SEFS Seminar Series: Done until the fall.



SEFS doctoral student Jason James is a co-author—along with SEFS postdoc Kim Littke and Professor Rob Harrison—on a new paper just published in the journal Geoderma, “Exchangeable cations in deep forest soils: Separating climate and chemical controls on spatial and vertical distribution and cycling.” The paper looks at the drivers of exchangeable cations in forest soils here in the Pacific Northwest, and the research found that the majority of this important pool of nutrients is located deep in soils (>1 meter). Anyone can access the paper for free through July 31.

SEFS Research Associate James Freund is a co-author on a new paper in Forest Ecology and Management, “Emergent crowns and light-use complementarity lead to global maximum biomass and leaf area in Sequoia sempervirens forests.” In the paper, the researchers report global maxima for aboveground biomass and leaf area, and also provide 180 new equations to science. SEFS doctoral student Russell Kramer is among the co-authors.

Also, Professor Monika Moskal has a new publication in Forests that features her lab’s research in the Arboretum, “Object-Based Tree Species Classification in Urban Ecosystems Using LiDAR and Hyperspectral Data.” The lead author, Zhongya Zhang, was a visiting student in her lab from Beijing University.



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This May, Jim Lassoie (’68, B.S.; ’75, Ph.D.), now a professor at Cornell University, was one of four recipients of the 2016 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial Advising Award, the university's highest recognition for undergrad student advising. Professor Emeritus Tom Hinckley passed along the news a couple weeks ago, noting that former Professor David Scott saved Jim from flunking out as an undergraduate—illustrating the value that committed faculty and staff can have on a student’s life. Now Jim has been honored for having a similar impact on his own students!