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The Bare Essentials

“This isn’t something I ever thought I was going to do—I never thought about being a professor when I was growing up,” says Dean and Professor Emeritus Bruce Bare, who recently retired after more than 45 years as a faculty member with SEFS. Yet even if Bare never planned on a life in academia, he certainly embraced the role and flourished in his nearly half a century as a professor. Learn more about his background and career, from his days in the Purdue marching band to his early training in forest management and computer programming!

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Special Lecture: Niall McCann

Tomorrow, March 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Kane 130, Xi Sigma Pi is excited to welcome Niall McCann for a guest lecture, “Life on the Conservation Front Line.” McCann is a conservationist who hosts a television show, Biggest and Baddest, and he’ll be describing his adventures working with endangered species research in remote and challenging environments across the world. The talk is free and open to the public, and no advance registration is required.

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Sustaining Our World Lecture: April 2

Registration is now open for this year’s lecture, and we are very excited to welcome Molly Steinwald, executive director of the Environmental Learning Center in Vero Beach, Fla., for her talk: “Human[-]Nature: Care for Our World is Care for Ourselves.” Reserve your spot today!

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Tell Us: What Was Your First Job After College?

In the last issue of Roots, our alumni e-newsletter, we asked our graduates to tell us about their first jobs out of college. Read what Lindsay Malone (’07, M.S., forest resources), who now works for the Northwest Natural Resource Group, remembers about her first summer gig after undergrad!

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2015 Climate Boot Camp

Each summer, the Northwest Climate Science Center hosts a week-long program to help develop the next generation of climate professionals, and this year’s retreat—organized around the theme, “Adaptation on the Wildland-Urban Interface”—will be held at Pack Forest from August 16 to 21. Learn more, and act fast if you’re interested in applying.

UPCOMING EVENTS


March 9, 2015:

Wildlife Seminar, 3:30-4:50 p.m., Smith 120

March 10, 2015:

Water Seminar, 8:30-9:20 a.m., AND 223

March 11, 2015:

SEFS Seminar Series, 3:30-4:30 p.m., AND 223

April 2, 2015:

Sustaining Our World Lecture, 6-7 p.m.

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS & KUDOS

We are extremely pleased to announce two new faculty hires, starting with Dr. Bernard Bormann, who will assume his role as director of the Olympic Natural Resources Center and professor of forest ecology and physiology on April 1, 2015. Shortly after that news became final, we were excited to learn that Dr. Anthony Dichiara will be joining us as an assistant professor of bioresource engineering (bioproducts), with his start date in September 2015. Welcome, Bernard and Anthony!

On the kudos front, we have some rousing applause for everyone who helped organize and put on a fantastic Graduate Student Symposium last Friday! The room was lively and full throughout the day, and it was a tremendous showcase of student research, ideas and enthusiasm. Special congratulations to Allison Rossman, who won for best presentation, and Mahsa Khorasani, who won for best poster. Nice Work!

We also have kudos for BSE students Kaila Turner and Anna Song, who participated in the 24th annual Women in Science & Engineering Conference on Saturday, February 28. Hosted by the UW College of Engineering at the Husky Union Building, the day-long event celebrated women in engineering fields and careers, and Kaila and Anna—sporting sharp BSE tees—represented our programs ably and enthusiastically!

So did Professors Susan Bolton, Sarah Reichard, Patrick Tobin and Aaron Wirsing, who promoted our school and their research at the "Science Inside Out" event on Thursday, February 26.

In other school news, we have a tentative date set for this year’s SEFS Recognition Event—Tuesday, May 5, in the Forest Club Room—so save some afternoon space on your calendars between 3 and 6 p.m.!

This Spring Break, from March 20 to 23, the International Forestry Students’ Association at SEFS is taking part in the IFSA Canadian American Regional Meeting, to be held at the Sun Peaks Resort in Vancouver, B.C. Contact Miku Lenentine to learn more and get involved!

The Elisabeth C. Miller Library’s annual Garden Lovers’ Book Sale is coming up on Saturday, April 4. It’s the biggest event of the year and an important fundraiser for the library—not to mention a great time—so mark your calendars and come join the fun! They are still collecting book donations in case you have anything you’d like to offer. Contact Martha Ferguson to see whether your potential donations would be a good fit for the sale.

The students in SEFS 502 (Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology) are busily analyzing their data, writing reports and preparing the presentations that are the culmination of this quarter's activities. Topics span a wide range from the physiology and morphology of individual organisms, to ecological communities, to soil chemistry. On their behalf, Professor Jon Bakker invites you to stop by and see their final presentations on Friday, March 13 (9-10:50 a.m.) and Wednesday, March 18 (8:30-10:20 a.m.) in Anderson 22. A detailed schedule of presentations is available on the course website, and you are welcome to stay for the entire session or to pop in for individual presentations.

In addition to welcoming a new director, ONRC’s events calendar has been wonderfully active recently. First, the latest edition of the Evening Talks at ONRC speaker series took place last Saturday, March 7, with Dr. Ian Miller, a coastal hazards specialist with Washington Sea Grant: “Climate Change in the Pacific Northwest: Ocean Perspective.” Dr. Miller is an Olympic Peninsula expert on sea level rise, ocean acidification, marine debris, tsunamis, beach erosion and change, Washington coastal ecology, coastal sediment transport and geomorphology. (Learn more about him from his blog, The Coast Nerd Gazette.)

Next, Kevin Zobrist, who earned his B.S from SEFS in 2000 and then his master’s in 2001, will be hosting an event for his new book, Native Trees of Western Washington. Zobrist is an associate professor at Washington State University, and he oversees the Extension Forestry program in Everett, Wash. You can catch his seminar, “Native Trees of Western Washington: A Photographic Guide,” this Tuesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in ONRC’s Hemlock Forest Room.

A third event at ONRC, coming up this Saturday, March 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Social Hall, will feature a showcase of photos and a book signing with Lonnie Archibald for his latest work, Here on the Home Front: World War II in Clallam County. Archibald chronicles community events and breaking news around the Olympic Peninsula for the Forks Forum and Peninsula Daily News, and his photos have appeared in newspapers in Olympia, Seattle, Tacoma and Alaska, as well as more broadly through the Associated Press, CNN and Fox News. Many of his photographs have won awards, including the “News Photo of the Year” by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association in 2011. Contact Frank Hanson if you have questions about any of these great events on tap!

On the academic front, congratulations are in order for several SEFS undergrads who were recently awarded funding to assist their senior research projects through the “Capstone Support Fund.” Below are the awardees and the projects they’re undertaking:

Chika Acholonu is working with Professor Dorothy Paun on her capstone project researching the statistical relationship between corporations' profitability and their environmental performance. Tentatively, her sample will include more than 100 corporations from 10 industries, and she is analyzing whether corporations increase profits after becoming more environmentally oriented.

Kaitlin Stair is working with Professor Patrick Tobin to test how ‘fear’ affects the growth rate of insects. Specifically, in her study she’s using the common mealworm (Tenebrio moliter) as the prey and measuring the time it takes for the mealworms to mature under threat of predators.

Raelani Kesler is working with Director Tom DeLuca to study the chemical and physical influence of urban agriculture on soils. She will be evaluating soils from the three farms on campus, and the capstone funds will help her procure seeds, pots, equipment and run analyses.

Jacqueline Renee Watts is working with Professor Darlene Zabowski on a project investigating whether English holly affects the pH and carbon-to-nitrogen ratio of forest soils. Results from her project can provide information for industrial timber companies, private landowners and the park managers regarding the importance of proactively removing English holly from forests in the Pacific Northwest.

To learn more about this competitive fund, contact Michelle Trudeau.

COMMITTEE NOTES

The final of four wildlife faculty candidates, Dr. Chris Sutherland from Cornell University, will be on campus this week. He will be giving a talk as part of the SEFS Seminar Series this Wednesday, March 11, from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. in AND 223, to be followed by a casual reception in the Forest Club Room.

PUBLICATIONS

A new publication in Forest Management and Ecology, “Water balance and topography predict fire and forest structure patterns,” features several current and former SEFS authors, including Van Kane, Jim Lutz, Alina Cansler, Derek Churchill and Jonathan Kane.

The same is true of a new publication in the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, “Evaluation of the contribution of LiDAR data and postclassification procedures to object-based classification accuracy,” with co-authors including Professor Monika Moskal, postdoc Jeff Richardson (see below) and doctoral student Meghan Halabisky.

Also, Professor Patrick Tobin has a new paper in Current Forestry Reports, “Ecological consequences of pathogen and insect invasions.”

SEFS IN THE PRESS

Professor John Marzluff is quoted in a story that has been getting vigorous attention on various news outlets and blowing up social media feeds: “The girl who gets gifts from birds.”

ALUMNI UPDATES

In much more tragic news, one of Professor Monika Moskal’s current postdocs, Jeff Richardson, recently suffered a major setback when his barn burned to the ground last month. Richardson earned his master’s and Ph.D. from SEFS, and in addition to his work as a research associate, he and his wife run a full-time sustainable farm in the Skagit Valley. A community effort is under way to help Richardson and his family rebuild the barn and get the farm back up and running. If you’d like to learn more or help support their rebuilding process, please visit the “Barn Rebuild: Thoughtful Food Farm” page.