The 2015 UW Awards of Excellence ceremony is coming up on Thursday, June 11, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Meany Hall Auditorium. Among the honorees this year, of course, will be our own Professor Jerry Franklin, who received a 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award. Reservations are not required, so we encourage you to drop in and support Jerry for this huge accomplishment!
We’ll follow that great news with some big-time kudos for the students involved in UW’s recent divestment from coal! A number of ESRM and POE majors, via the Divest UW group, were instrumental to the campaign, including Bryce Bartl-Geller, Kelly DeForest, David Herman (who decided to join the group after Dave Peterson’s seminar last spring), Aden Kinne, Carly Marshall and Sarra Tekola from ESRM (as well as ESRM minor Mary Herman); and Sage Alexander, Morgane Arriola and Angela Feng from POE. Leading up to the UW's decision, these students conducted countless hours of research and outreach, spoke to classes, held rallies, partnered with community/environmental groups, gathered signatures, addressed the UW Board of Regents, and so much more. Amazing work!
We also have some kudos for SEFS students Sophia Winkler-Schor and Clint Robins, who were recently awarded Xi Sigma Pi Research Grants—Winkler-Schor for $500, and Robins for $575—to advance their research programs. Great stuff!
In case you haven’t had a chance to meet him yet, Ryan Benton joined our staff last week as the new financial services manager. We’re excited to have him on our team, so stop by Anderson 216 or send him an email to introduce yourself!
On May 20, SEFS doctoral student Daniel Feinberg attended the International Urban Wildlife Conference in Chicago, where he gave an oral presentation, "Conservation subdivisions: Developer perspectives on incentive-based policies for enhancing biodiversity." The presentation was part of a symposium on conservation subdivisions and drew from Feinberg’s master’s work at the University of Florida. With his doctoral research at SEFS, Feinberg is working with Professor Clare Ryan.
From May 6 to 9, SEFS grad student Ashley Blazina attended the Society of Ethnobiology Conference in Santa Barbara, Calif. The conference featured talks on subjects ranging from indigenous fishing challenges in the face of climate change for the people of coastal Louisiana, to how apple genetics have been influenced by the styles and fashions of America’s food tastes. For Blazina, the conference provided a chance to connect with experts in the field of ethnobiology and understand the various research areas of focus (as well as the areas that may need more focus). In addition to meeting researchers who have already put her in contact with potential collaborators, the event was also a great way to energize UW’s small population of ethnobiologists. Experiencing that support base has inspired her to continue her research!
KEEP SAVING THE DATE: The annual SEFS retreat has been set for Wednesday, September 23, in Merrill Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture. More details will be available later this summer, but in the meantime please go ahead and block off that day!
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Wildlife Science Seminar: Mondays, 3:30-4:50 p.m., KANE 120
Water Seminar: Tuesdays, 8:30-9:20 a.m., AND 223
SEFS Seminar Series: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20 p.m., AND 223
Advanced Silviculture Seminar: Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Odegaard Library, Room 320
SEFS postdoc Michael Case, Professor Josh Lawler and doctoral student Jorge Tomasevic recently had a paper accepted in Biological Conservation, “Relative sensitivity to climate change of species in northwestern North America.” In assessing 195 species, the researchers found that amphibians and reptiles were the most sensitive to climate change of the taxa analyzed; a key driver of species’ sensitivity is a dependence on climatically sensitive habitats; and species’ sensitivity can be used to prioritize conservation and research needs.
Professor Sharon Doty has been studying N-fixation in poplar for many years, and Science magazine recently featured her research in a terrific story, “Leaf bacteria fertilizes trees, researchers claim.”
We recently heard from SEFS alumnus Alex Thomas, who has accepted an offer to pursue his Ph.D. in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. He’ll be working in the lab of Professor Jill Banfield and studying soil microbial communities using 'omics' approaches (meta-genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, etc...). He was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his studies. Congratulations, Alex!