In case you missed the news last week, we were sad to learn that Sally Morgan, one of our longest-tenured staff members, will be retiring from SEFS this October. Sally has been part of our community for nearly 20 years, and we wish her the absolute best in her next adventures. Please join us in thanking her for her many years of service!
As Sally departs, though, we’re very pleased to announce a couple new additions to our staff, starting with Greg Olsen, who joined our IT Team last week! Greg comes to us from UW’s Parking Services group, where he earned rave reviews for excellent customer service and support, and we are very excited to have him here. Also, the newest member of our Financial Services Team is Laurine Knott, who has worked in UW Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education and at Harborview, and brings great experience in a variety of areas, including travel, various fiscal tasks and payroll. Welcome, Greg and Laurine!
In other great news, Sarah Reichard reports that—after a mere 30 years—the Center for Urban Horticulture will finally be served by a bus stop! The #78 bus runs between campus and Children’s Hospital, and though it only runs on weekdays, the addition of this stop across the street from CUH will be a tremendous help to students, staff, faculty and visitors.
Nothing new to report.
Wildlife Seminar: Done until the fall.
SEFS Senior Seminar: Done until the fall.
SEFS Seminar Series: Done until the fall.
Professor Sándor Tóth is a coauthor on three new publications currently in press, including “A Model for Managing Edge Effects in Harvest scheduling Using Spatial Optimization,” coming out in the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research; “Multi-objective optimization to evaluate tradeoffs among forest ecosystem services following fire hazard reduction in the Deschutes National Forest, USA,” coming out in Ecosystem Services; and “Combining Spatiotemporal Corridor Design for Reindeer Migration with Harvest Scheduling in Northern Sweden,” also in the Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research.
On August 18, Michelle Ma at UW News published a fantastic Q&A with Professor Sally Brown, “From White House to Tacoma, WA, urban agriculture is growing.”
On August 6, Lynda Mapes wrote a great story in the Seattle Times that features UW Botanic Gardens Horticulturist (and incoming SEFS grad student) Ryan Garrison, “From mountain forests to city parks, trees are stressed and dying.”
Also, on August 9, SGB Media published a nice piece about our Fiddleheads Forest School, “The Magic of No Walls,” that features Kit Harrington, Sarah Heller and Joanna Wright.
A recent news story at UC Davis, “Drought Slows Growth of Douglas Fir Trees Across the West," highlights Christina Restaino (’14, Ph.D.)—now a postdoctoral researcher in the UC Davis Department of Environmental Science and Policy—and SEFS Affiliate Professor David Peterson. The article explores research from a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, “Increased water deficit decreases Douglas fir growth throughout western US forests.” Christina is the lead author on the paper.