With graduation and now the deafening hush of summer, we aren’t exactly inundated with news for this issue, but we do have some fun events and workshops worth noting!
First, this Friday, June 23, SEFS doctoral student Carol Bogezi will be presenting the next installment of the Evening Talks at ONRC speaker series, “People and Carnivores in Washington State.” Carol’s talk is free and open to the public, and it will be held at 7 p.m. at the Olympic Natural Resources Center in Forks, Wash.
Then, on Wednesday, June 28, from 5 to 7 p.m., all students are invited to participate in a Camera Trap and GPS Workshop in the Union Bay Natural Area! Your three instructors—graduate students Lauren Satterfield, Shannon Kachel and Apryle Craig—will help you practice with basic skills like navigating to a point, marking a point, searching for points, editing points, types of cameras, camera settings, hanging cameras, basic camera-trap study design, and (as time permits) tips for reviewing photos. If you have a field season of experience with these skills, the workshop will probably be too elementary. But if you are new to these areas and want to beef up your field skills, this workshop is a fantastic opportunity. The workshop is free, and you can email Apryle if you want to sign up. Space is limited to 12 people, but if there's overwhelming interest, they might be able to schedule another workshop.
Also, later in the summer the Washington Environmental Council invites you to join a conference—held on September 12 at Cedarbrook Lodge—to discuss how forest management practices can maximize carbon sequestration to combat climate change: Carbon Friendly Forestry: A West Coast Forest Carbon Conference. Registration will open soon, and you can contact Arianne Jaco with any questions in the meantime.
On June 13, the blog In These Times explored the disproportionate impacts that climate change will have on different communities in the United States, “Blacks, Latinos and Indians Think About Climate Change in Ways that Most Other Americans Do Not.”
The SEFS Director Search is now underway, with the second candidate—Dr. Alex Friend—visiting this Wednesday and Thursday. He will be giving his research presentation on Wednesday, June 21, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room: “Tree and Forest Resilience.” A reception will follow from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The next day, on Thursday, he will present his vision for the school from 1 to 2 p.m., again in the Forest Club Room. Amanda Davis will have more information to share about other times to meet with the candidate.
Next week, the third and final candidate in the search will be on campus on Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29, following a similar schedule for talks. More details on that visit soon.
Wildlife Seminar: Done for the quarter
ESRM 429 Seminar: Done for the quarter
SEFS Seminar Series: On hiatus until Autumn 2017
Professors Greg Ettl and Jon Bakker, as well as alumna Kate McBurney, are co-authors on a new paper in Fungal Ecology, “Ectomycorrhizal community composition and structure of a mature red alder (Alnus rubra) stand.”
SEFS Research Scientist Kathy Wolf was featured in a great story about urban forestry in Planning, “More Trees, Please,” by Andrea Watts. The article is not currently available online, but we have a PDF to share if you’re keen to read it.
On June 12, Civil Eats featured one of our alumni, Carson Beebe Sprenger (’06, M.S.) of Rain Shadow Consulting, in a great feature on biochar, “Is Biochar a Game-Changer for Sustainable Farms?” Other SEFS connections in the story are graduate student Si Gao and former director Tom DeLuca!