Don’t forget to RSVP for the SEFS Fall Retreat, coming up on Wednesday, September 23, at the Center for Urban Horticulture in NHS Hall. For the new folks, this is an annual event where we gather to discuss and plan for the future of SEFS, and it's an invaluable opportunity to get most of us together in one room. Our current schedule runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with breakfast and lunch included and a reception during the last hour. Grads and undergrads are very welcome, so register now with your UW NetID.
From there, let’s move to some kudos for SEFS doctoral student Jim Cronan, who recently presented at the Society for Ecological Restoration’s (SER) 6th World Conference. Jim showcased some of the work by SER’s UW’s chapter by using plant monitoring data from Whitman Walk, a forest restoration site near the north campus dorms, to determine a list of native species suitable for restoration. (If you’d like to become more involved with SER at UW, check out their website or Facebook page). Great stuff!
Kudos, as well, to SEFS grad student Ben Roe, who attended a meeting at the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture on August 26 and 27 in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, he gave a presentation on his experience at UW as a National Needs Fellow, as well as the results of his research on the “Role of environmental trade legislation in curbing the use of illegal wood in China and Vietnam.” Ben also had the chance to meet with representatives from the US Forest Service International Programs office, where he explained his research and discussed issues of timber legality regulations and their impacts on the global timber supply chain. Nice work!
Professors Greg Ettl and Aaron Wirsing will be on sabbatical starting this fall. Both professors will resume teaching in Fall 2016.
SEFS Seminar Series: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:20 p.m., AND 223 (starting September 30)
Professor Josh Lawler and doctoral student Meghan Halabisky are co-authors on a new paper in PLOS ONE, “Projecting the Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Change on Montane Wetlands.” Also among the co-authors is former SEFS postdoc Maureen Ryan, who is now a senior scientist with Conservation Science Partners. UW News put together a nice story about this research last week, “Climate change could leave Pacific Northwest amphibians high and dry.”
SEFS research associate Van Kane was quoted in a recent story from International Business Times, “How Many Trees Are There In The World? Scientists Have A New Estimate And It’s Way More Than They Thought.”
Michelle Ma at UW News wrote a fantastic story for advance press about the AHB annual meeting and our biofuels research, “Poplar trees are best bet for biofuel in UW-led research project.”
If you’d like to learn even more about biofuels, AHB has a great new video, "Renewable Biofuels and Biochemicals: Acetic Acid," which prominently features Professor Rick Gustafson.
Just a reminder that SEFS alumnus Willis Littke, a former Ph.D. student with Professor Emeritus Bob Edmonds, will be giving the second talk of the SEFS Seminar Series on Wednesday, October 7, at 3:30 p.m. in AND 223, “Saving Forest Health: My Career as a UW Forest Resources Grad.” Littke recently retired from Weyerhaeuser after a long career as a forest health researcher. Following his talk, we’ll be hosting the annual Salmon BBQ in the Anderson Courtyard!