A Sabbatical Sojourn in Australia

Professor Aaron Wirsing just returned from a sabbatical sojourn in Australia, where he spent six weeks as a visiting professor at the University of Sydney. Hosted by SEFS Affiliate Assistant Professor Thomas Newsome, Aaron says the trip turned out to be quite the adventure.

Along the way, he logged more than 4,000 kilometers on the ground, highlighted by an epic drive from Alice Springs to the Tanami Desert along the legendary Tanami Track, which most Australians never see. He also paid visits to Melbourne for a guest lecture at Deakin University, and to Yulara for some hiking in the iconic Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Wildlife abounded at every turn, including a flood plains monitor (the biggest lizard he’s ever seen), a host of small marsupials in the Simpson Desert, and numerous dingoes.

For a more detailed account of his travels, and loads of additional photos, you can check out his research blog!

Photo © Aaron Wirsing.

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Wildlife Science Seminar: Winter 2014

This afternoon, the Wildlife Science Seminar for the Winter Quarter kicks off with Professor Aaron Wirsing of the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS). Professor Wirsing will introduce the course and then give the opening talk, “Noninvasive exploration of brown bear behavior along salmon spawning streams in the Wood River Lakes System, AK.”

You can catch the seminars on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in Kane Hall 130. The public is invited for each talk—there will be eight total—and students may register for course credit (undergraduates under ESRM 455, graduate students under SEFS 554).

Check out the full schedule below, and mark your calendars!

Wildlife Science SeminarJanuary 6
“Noninvasive exploration of brown bear behavior along salmon spawning streams in the Wood River Lakes System, AK.”
Professor Aaron Wirsing, SEFS

January 13
“Linking large carnivores to Yellowstone’s ecosystem via trophic cascades.”
Professor Emeritus Robert Beschta, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

January 20
No class

January 27
“The big bad wolf and baby stealing dingo: a cross continent comparison of two controversial top predators.”
Dr. Thomas Newsome, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University

February 3
“Occupy Elwha: Monitoring wildlife distributions relative to dam removal in the Elwha Valley.”
Dr. Kurt Jenkins, Research Wildlife Biologist, USGS-Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, Olympic Field Station, Port Angeles, Wash.

February 10
“The Cascades Carnivore Connectivity Project—Using noninvasive survey methods to study carnivores in the North Cascades of Washington.”
Dr. Robert Long, Senior Conservation Fellow, Field Conservation Program, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, Wash.

February 17
No class

February 24
“A whale tale: The near extinction and partial recovery of Antarctic blue whales.”
Professor Trevor Branch, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

March 3
“Wildlife Management in Alaska: Native Rights and Western Priorities.”
Professor Robert Anderson, University of Washington School of Law

March 10
“Carnivore conservation’s bigger picture: consequences of wildlife decline in West Africa.”
Professor Justin Brashares, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley