SEFS Students Win Silviculture Challenge!

Two weekends ago, a team from SEFS brought home the plaque in the 2017 International Silviculture Challenge against the University of British Columbia! Given 24 hours to develop a stewardship plan for a 35-acre, 100-plus-year-old forest track on King County Parks land, three SEFS students—Paul Albertine, Aoife Fae (above) and Timothy Seaman—delivered the winning prescription. In calculating how to design a canopy walkway for the public, they had to come up with silviculture treatments that would raise revenue to build and support the walkway, maintain the ecological health of the forest, and also provide opportunities for recreation and education. Read more about the challenge, and please join us in congratulating these students!



The Publication Power of Collaboration

More than 10 years ago, a group of researchers launched a collaboration now known as the Nutrient Network (NutNet). Their intent was to explore the relationship between productivity and diversity in grasslands, and NutNet has since grown to include almost 100 sites around the world. Professor Jon Bakker joined soon after it began, and his involvement has led to a number of publications—including four co-authored in 2016 alone.


Sustaining Our World Lecture: Anthony Sinclair

Coming up on Tuesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in Anderson 223, we are very pleased to welcome Professor Emeritus Anthony Sinclair from the University of British Columbia to give our annual spring lecture, “The future of conservation: Lessons from the past and the need for rewilding of ecosystems.” The talk is free and open to the public, but please register in advance to make sure we have enough seating!


SEFS Director Search Launches

The official posting is available online, and the first review of applications will begin this Wednesday, March 15. We encourage you to help us spread this posting as widely as possible to reach as many candidates as we can.


Garden Lovers’ Book Sale: April 7 & 8

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 12th annual Elisabeth C. Miller Library Garden Lovers’ Book Sale, when you’ll get to shop an impressive selection of thousands of used gardening, horticulture, botany and landscape design books—all while raising money to support the library.


On Sale Now: New BSE Merchandise!

Our ever-enterprising BSE students have designed a great selection of gear, from t-shirts to hoodies, to support their program. These designs will be on sale through Sunday, March 19, and make sure you click on the “view full proof" link below each item to see the whole design!


March 15, 2017:

First Washington Botanical Symposium, CUH

March 17, 2017:

Spring Quarter Ends

April 4, 2017:

Sustaining Our World Lecture, 6 p.m., AND 223

June 9, 2017:

SEFS Graduation Celebration, 2 p.m., Kane Hall 120



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The kudos have been coming in hot and heavy, and we’re thrilled to start with a hearty congratulations to SEFS master’s students Jessica Hernandez and Loma Pendergraft, who were named to the Husky 100 for 2017! Each year, these awards recognize 100 undergraduate and graduate students across the UW system—Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma—who are making the most of their time at the university. That’s quite an honor, from quite a pool of candidates. Congratulations, Jessica and Loma!

We’ll continue with some kudos for the Outstanding Student Presentation Award winners from this year’s Graduate Student Symposium: first place went to Cole Gross, second to Amanda Bidwell, and third to Matthew Aghai. Also, ESRM major Olivia Moskowitz took home the GSS Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Award. Great stuff!

Speaking of Cole, we have more kudos for him, along with undergrad Grant Whitman, for volunteering as Bryant Science Fair Mentors at Bryant Elementary School from January 6 to March 3. Our students have been involved in this great program for several years, and as volunteers Cole and Grant created scientific investigations and worked with small groups of 5th graders to formulate a question or hypothesis, develop appropriate experiments, analyze results and draw/communicate conclusions. Volunteering more than 20 hours during the winter quarter—including in-school sessions with students plus additional time spent outside the sessions in preparation time—they demonstrated an exceptional community outreach effort that extended over an eight-week period. Awesome work, Cole and Grant!

Big-time kudos, as well, to doctoral students Catherine Kuhn and Matthew Aghai, who organized a team of student volunteers to prepare a lasagna dinner for the 100 residents of Tent City 3 on Friday, March 10. They rallied a lot of tremendous help for this undertaking, including Emilio Vilanova, Lila Westreich , Olivia Haidos, Colton Miller, Rachel Yonemura , Norah Kates, Trevor Eakes, Russell Kramer, Anna Simpson (and her husband Henry), Olivia Moskowitz, Andy Tuller, Jason James, Miku Lenentine, Matthew Bogard and Si Gao. Thanks, as well, to everyone who donated to support these students. Beautifully and generously done!

Kudos to Professor Aaron Wirsing, who gave an invited seminar on Thursday, March 9, “Impacts of recolonizing gray wolves on sympatric mule and white-tailed deer in a managed landscape of eastern WA,” to the Biology, Ecology, and Evolution Research (BEER) group at California State University, Northridge.

And we’ll wrap up with kudos for Jack Lockhart for his swift help getting our visiting prospective student travel grants processed!

Moving on to events, on behalf of the students in SEFS 502 (Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology), Professor Jon Bakker invites you to attend their presentations this Wednesday, March 15, in Anderson 22. Each student has worked on a multivariate analysis of a dataset of their choice and will give a 13-minute presentation of his or her findings. Topics include intertidal and mycorrhizal communities, parasites, pests, pathogens, fire and LiDAR. Those presenting are Jacob Betzen, Michael Bradshaw, Will King, Deborah Nemens, Riley Metz, Bryce Bartl-Geller and Fabiola Pulido-Chavez. The first presentation will begin at 8:35 a.m., and the last will start at 10:05 a.m.

A few weeks later, on Tuesday, April 11, the Seattle Public Library is hosting author and Seattle Times environmental reporter Lynda Mapes for a talk about her forthcoming book, Witness Tree. Her talk will be held at the Central Library at 7 p.m.

Also, on March 27 you are invited to participate in a workshop in Washington, D.C., “A Century of Wildland Fire Research: How Can We Apply What We’ve Learned,” hosted by the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. Held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EST at the National Academy of Sciences, the half-day workshop is also available by webcast, so you can register online or contact Raymond Chappetta for more information.

In other news, if you are teaching or taking a course related to forests this spring (which seems decently likely, right?), the Elisabeth C. Miller Library is featuring relevant books, journals and theses in its Student and Faculty display area near the journal display shelves. They offer field guides to trees, works on forest restoration, propagation handbooks, recent theses, textbooks, articles from peer-reviewed journals and much more. Visitors are encouraged to browse, using or borrowing items directly from the display, and to ask questions. Their experienced staff is always happy to guide your research and help you get the most from your library time. They also welcome class tours of the library. Just call 206-543-0415 or email to schedule a tour.



On March 3, The Guardian ran a story about proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, including the agency’s environmental justice office: “'Just racist': EPA cuts will hit black and Hispanic communities the hardest.”

The Daily ran a great piece on March 9, “New UW course aims to tackle environmental issues with a decolonizing lens,” about ESRM 490, which was designed by Professor Dan Vogt and master’s candidate Jessica Hernandez.

Speaking of Jessica, she invites you to register for the “Living Breath Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium,” coming up May 5 to 6 at the Intellectual House on campus. The cost for adults is $20 for one day or $35 for two, and all students can attend for free. Learn more and register today!



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Wildlife Seminar: Done for the quarter

ESRM 429 Seminar: Done for the quarter



A recent paper in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, “Case studies in co-benefits approaches to climate change mitigation and adaptation,” has several SEFS co-authors, including Professors Josh Lawler, Tom Hinckley, Soo Kim and Susan Bolton.

Tom Hinckley also passed along word of a 2016 publication in Archiv Orientální (Quarterly Journal of African and Asian Studies), “Forest is forest and meadows and meadows: Cultural landscapes and bureaucratic landscapes in Jiuzhaigou County, Sichuan.” This paper is a continuation of research initiated in 1999 and subsequently funded through the undergraduate exchange between the University of Washington and Sichuan University and the NSF’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. More recent funding for the research has come through China Studies and partnerships with Sichuan University and Jiuzhaigou National Park. The lead author is Professor Steve Harrell, and co-authors include Hinckley and SEFS alumna Keala Hagmann (’14, Ph.D.).



On February 23, Seattle’s KOMO4 News ran a great segment on student green leaders, one of whom is undergrad Shruti Parikh, who talks about her research with phytoremediation in Professor Sharon Doty’s Plant Microbiology Lab. Take a look!

On February 28, Oregon State University ran a press release on a recent publication about dry forest restoration in areas currently managed for maintenance of northern spotted owl forest cover: “Southern Oregon forest restoration may take precedence over spotted owl habitat.” SEFS alumna Keala Hagmann was the lead author on that paper, “Historical and current forest conditions in the range of the Northern Spotted Owl in south central Oregon, USA.”



Mike Tulee, who earned his Ph.D. from SEFS in 2015, has taken on a new position as executive director for the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation in Seattle. Mike grew up on the Yakama Indian reservation and came to SEFS with funding through the National Science Foundation’s IGERT Program, “Bioresource-based energy for sustainable societies.” Congratulations, Mike!