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Join Us!

From the spring gathering to graduation to the salmon bbq in the fall, we have plenty of opportunities coming up for you to connect with old friends and fellow alumni.


I’m thrilled to introduce you to Roots, the new e-newsletter for alumni of the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. You’ll find Roots in your inbox three times a year, offering a chance to catch up on what’s happening with your SEFS alumni community, to learn about opportunities to reconnect with former classmates and mentors, and to find ways to support current students. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the news we have to share, and if you’d like to be a part of what’s happening, learn more about how to get involved—starting with an Alumni Group meeting this Tuesday, Feb. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in Anderson Hall 22!

Jessica Farmer
Alumni Group Chair



Alumni Profile: Paul Mathews

If you’ve been watching any of the 2014 Winter Olympics—and especially if you’ve caught some of the downhill skiing and snowboarding events—then you’ve almost certainly seen some of the vision and handiwork of Paul Mathews, who earned a bachelor’s in forest resources from SEFS back in 1974.


TAPPI/WPPF Joint Meeting: March 13

Registration is now open for this one-day meeting between the Pacific Section of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry and the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation. It will be held on Thursday, March 13, in Anderson Hall, and end with a social gathering at the UW University Club. Registration info can be requested at; the deadline to register is March 7. Contact Bob Russell at 360.269.1500 with questions about the event.


Sustaining Our World Lecture: April 10

This year’s spring lecture will feature Michael Green of Michael Green Architecture (MGA) to talk about building tall with wood, and the importance of using local resources. The date is set—Thursday, April 10, from 6-7 p.m.—and it will be held in Kane Hall 210. Full event and registration details have not been finalized yet, so look for an email with more info in the next week or two.


Alumni Spring Gathering: Sunday, April 27

The potluck and barbecue this spring will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The alumni picnic is a great way to reconnect with old friends and network with colleagues. Families are welcome and encouraged to come! We are also looking for nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Award. Please email Cynthia Welte with nominations, or if you’d like to help with the event.


WPPF Annual Conference: Thursday, May 22

Save the date for the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation Annual Conference, “Celebrating Our Heritage.” Conference details and registration will be available in March, and you can contact Joy Louie with any questions.




What was your favorite field trip as a student?


Tell Us” is your chance to tap into a few of your favorite memories for other alumni to enjoy.

We’ll feature one response in each issue of Roots, and then offer a new prompt for the next issue. Please send submissions—of no more than 250 words—to, and we'll follow up to ask for a photo if your letter is accepted!




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Katie Murphy Hopper (’12, M.S., Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture) has been hired as the lead gardener for Cultivar LLC, a Ballard-based landscape design and construction company. She is in charge of plant selection for all Cultivar LLC projects, and she manages the garden maintenance division of the company. 

Hector Lisboa Basualto (’62, MFR) visited Anderson Hall with his daughter this past December. Basualto runs a eucalyptus tree farm (Eucalyptus regnans) in Chile. 

Jason Scullion (’13, Ph.D.) recently accepted a tenure-track position at McDaniel College, a liberal arts school of about 1,800 students in Westminster, Md. Scullion will be an assistant professor of environmental studies, and he’ll be teaching conservation and environmental policy courses in the Department of Environmental Studies

Stan Rullman (’12, Ph.D.) and Dave Oleyar (’12, Ph.D.), two of Professor John Marzluff’s former doctoral students, have landed new jobs. Rullman accepted a position as research director for the EarthWatch Institute in Boston, and Oleyar was hired in a similar role as research director for HawkWatch International in Salt Lake City. 

Robert L. Alverts (’66, B.S., Forest Management) was elected vice president of the Society of American Foresters for 2014, and then in 2015 he will become president.

Roots is the official e-newsletter for School of Environmental and Forest Sciences alumni. It is jointly produced by SEFS and the SEFS Alumni Group, and new issues are mailed three times a year (Winter, Spring/Summer and Fall). Please submit alumni news, “Tell Us” responses, “Class Notes,” events and other story ideas to Back issues are available in the online archive, and if you’ve been forwarded this message and wish to subscribe, contact Roots today