We’ll get started with some fantastic kudos for Jessica Farmer, adult education supervisor for the UW Botanic Gardens. Jessica has helped lead tremendous growth during the past 2.5 years, and in FY 2015 the adult education program had 1,959 participants in 84 programs. That’s a roughly 30 percent increase over the previous year, and a 300 percent increase over FY2012 and the years before she arrived. Great work!
We have kudos, as well, for SEFS doctoral student Emilio Vilanova, who recently presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC). For more than 50 years, ATBC has brought together a large international community of researchers promoting education, conservation and communication for tropical biology. Some of the highlights of the experience for Emilio included presenting some of his early Ph.D. research; participating in a mentoring session with other grad students and recent Ph.D.’s; and attending several plenary talks and presentations (oral and posters) from well-known researchers in the field. He was also able to meet with several colleagues involved in the RAINFOR network, which he has been part of for the last 10 years as a collaborator and young scientist from Venezuela.
Coming up at noon on Monday, August 10, The Whole U is organizing a “Walking Tour of Union Bay Natural Area.” UW Botanic Gardens will be hosting the walk and helping folks learn a little more about ongoing restoration projects, plant species, the upcoming WashDOT mitigation activities, and strategies for dealing with invasive plants. Tour members will also visit different habitats and learn about the wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, shoreline, lakes and shorebird habitat. Learn more about The Whole U, and sign up for this walk if you’d like a refresher on what’s happening in Union Bay.
KEEP SAVING THE DATE: The annual SEFS retreat is coming up on Wednesday, September 23, at the Center for Urban Horticulture. More details will be available soon, but make sure to block off that day as soon as possible!
No news to report.
No weekly seminars scheduled for the summer.
Professor Kristiina Vogt passed along word of a new paper in Sustainability Science, “Designing Conservation-Development Policies for the Forest Frontier.” Jason Scullion, who earned his Ph.D. from SEFS last year, is the lead author, and other co-authors include current SEFS undergrad Sophia Winkler-Schor, as well as SEFS alumna Alison Sienkiewicz, who graduated last year.
Professor David Butman is a co-author on a new publication accepted in Nature Geoscience, “Sources and control of CO2 emissions change with the size of streams and rivers," which is slated for publication in September.
Professor Greg Ettl was featured in a great story on July 24 in the International Business Times, “Can Wooden Skyscrapers Revive US Timber Industry? Washington, Oregon, USDA Betting They Can Fuel Demand.”
On the same day, SEFS doctoral student Ben Dittbrenner was featured in a fun Seattle Times story about a beaver in Lake Forest Park, “Beatrix the beaver trapped—and waiting for love in new home.”
Sunset magazine recently published a slideshow of “15 beautiful botanical gardens” in the West, and of course it includes our own UW Botanic Gardens!
Cynthia Welte ('03, B.S.) was recently hired as the new executive director at the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation in Shoreline, Wash. She had been working as the philanthropy and membership associate at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, a large public garden and the former estate of Prentice Bloedel, and she’s excited for the new opportunity!