Wildlife Science Seminar: Spring 2014

Starting on Monday, March 31, we kick off enough another quarter of terrific talks as part of the Wildlife Science Seminar! Professor Chris Grue of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences will be leading the course this spring, and topics range widely from killer whales to bats in the Peruvian Amazon to birds in suburban Seattle.

The Wildlife Seminar will meet on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Architecture (ARC) Hall, Room 147. Undergraduate students may register for credit under ESRM 455; graduate students under ESRM 554.

The public is invited to attend, so check out the full line-up below and mark your calendars!

Wildlife Science SeminarMarch 31
“Mercury Contamination from Gold Mining in Bats within Different Feeding Guilds in the Peruvian Amazon”
Anjali Kumar, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

April 7
“Amphibian Life History in the Arid Southwest”
Meryl Mims, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Aquatic & Fisheries Sciences

April 14
“I May Like the Suburbs After All: The Case of Cavity-Nesting Birds in the Greater Seattle Area”
Jorge Tomasevic, Ph.D. Candidate, Wildlife Science Program, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

April 21
“Reducing the Hazards Powerlines Pose to Birds”
Melvin Walters, Puget Sound Energy

April 28
“A Grizzly Answer for Obesity”
Kevin Corbit, Senior Scientist, Amgen Inc., Seattle

May 5
“Are We Loving Sea Pandas to Death? The Relationship Between Boats and Noise in Endangered Killer Whale Habitat”
Juliana Houghton, MS Candidate, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

May 12
“Post-release Movements, Survival and Landscape-Scale Resource Selection of Fishers Reintroduced into Olympic National Park”
Jeff Lewis, Ph.D. Defense, Wildlife Science Program, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW; and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

May 19
“Laughter and Well-Being in Animals”
Jaak Panksepp, Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science and Professor, Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University

May 26
No seminar (Memorial Day)

June 2
“Aquatic Herbicides and Amphibians: Applying Phenology to Toxicity Testing”
Amy Yahnke, Ph.D. Defense, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences

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

Wildlife Seminar Kicks Off Today

This afternoon, the long-running and much-esteemed Wildlife Science Seminar (ESRM 455/554) begins for the Autumn Quarter! The seminars are open to the public, and you can enjoy the talks on Mondays from 3:30-4:20 p.m. in Bagley Hall, Room 131. Check out the full schedule below and mark your calendars!

Fall Schedule

September 30
Introduction to Class and Why Crows Matter
John Marzluff, SEFS

Brian Kertson

Brian Kertson and a captured cougar in western Washington.

October 7
Shifting Paradigms and New Challenges for Conserving Washington’s Large Carnivores in the 21st Century
Brian Kertson, Carnivore Research Scientist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (for more background on Kertson, check out a profile we did of him a few months ago!)

October 14
David Lack and the Significance of Clutch Size in the House Sparrow
 
Ted Anderson, Emeritus Professor of Biology, McKendree University

October 21
Models, Mortality and Policy: Approaches to Urban Bird Conservation
Travis Longcore, The Urban Wildlands Group, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California

October 28
Living with Wolves in Ranch Country 
Suzanne Stone, Western Wolf Conservation Representative for Defenders of Wildlife

November 4
European Rabbits or Seabirds—Which Would you Choose?
Scott Pearson, Senior Research Scientist, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

November 11
No class, Veteran’s Day Holiday

November 18
Assessing the Compatibility of Fuel Treatments, Wildfire Risk and Conservation of Northern Spotted Owls in the Eastern Cascades: A Multiscale Analysis
Martin Raphael, Senior Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Forest Service

November 25
Aren’t Parks Protected Habitats? So Who Turned the Chainsaws Loose in Our State Parks?!

Robert Fimbel, Natural Resources Stewardship, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

December 2
Courtship in a Noisy World: Using Robots and Acoustic Arrays to Study Sexual Selection and Noise Impacts in a Threatened Bird
Gail Patricelli, Associate Professor, Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California, Davis

Photo © Brian Kertson

Thesis Defense: Kristen Richardson!

As part of the Wildlife Seminar this Monday, June 3, Kristen Richardson will be defending her Master’s Thesis, “Using non-invasive techniques to examine patterns of black bear (Ursus americanus) abundance in the  North Cascades Ecosystem.”

Her talk begins at 3:30 p.m. in Kane 130 and is open to the public, so come support the culmination of her research at SEFS!

And what will Richardson be talking about?

Kristen Richardson

Kristen Richardson removing survey sites on her last trip to the field.

From 2008 to 2011 a large, multi-agency project deployed barbed-wire hair-snag corrals to collect DNA samples from black bears (Ursus americanus) in the North Cascades Ecosystem (NCE) of Washington State. Using the genetic and detection data, Richardson examined the influence of human activities and habitat characteristics on bear abundance across heterogeneous landscapes of the NCE.

No other research to date in Washington State has examined the influence of habitat and anthropogenic variables on black bears across such a large geographic expanse, and the results of her study should help guide management of black bear populations in the NCE. This research is especially important given the challenge of maintaining viable populations of a long-lived species with relatively low fecundity.

Richardson’s committee chair is Professor Aaron Wirsing, and the other members are Bill Gaines and Josh Lawler.

Photo © Kristen Richardson.

Wildlife Science Seminar: Spring Schedule Announced!

Wildlife SeminarThe Wildlife Science Seminar series for the 2013 Spring Quarter kicks off this coming Monday, April 1, with Professor Julian Olden from the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) with his talk, “Invasive Species: Envisioning Alternative Global Futures in the New Pangaea.”

Hosted by Professor Christian Grue—an adjunct with the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, and an associate professor with SAFS—the seminars are held on Mondays at 3:30 p.m. in Kane Hall 130. (Undergraduate students may register for credit under ESRM 455, and graduate students under ESRM 554.)

The public is welcome and encouraged to come!

Check out the rest of the schedule below:

April 8
Animal Wise: The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures
Virginia Morell, author and contributing correspondent, Science Magazine

April 15
Reptiles: Up Close and Personal
Issac Petersen, “Son of Reptile Man,” The Reptile Zoo, Monroe, Wash.

April 22
The Complexities and Challenges of Managing Washington’s Fish and Wildlife
Brad Smith, commissioner, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Dean Emeritus, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University

April 29
Measuring Ecological Integrity on Rangelands: Why and How?
Linda Hardesty, School of the Environment, Washington State University

May 6
Exposure of Northwest Amphibians to Aquatic Herbicides
Amy Yahnke, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, UW

May 13
Ducks Unlimited in the Pacific Northwest
Mark Petrie, manager of conservation planning, Ducks Unlimited, NW Region

May 20
An Endangered Songbird in Central Texas: The Population Dynamics of the Black-capped Vireo (Vireo atricapilla)
Lauren Seckel, Wildlife Science Group, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW

May 27
Memorial Day

June 3
Using Non-invasive Techniques to Examine Patterns of Black Bear Abundance in the North Cascades Ecosystem
Kristin Richardson, Wildlife Science Group, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW

Wildlife Seminar Today: Barred Owls!

Barred Owl

Barred Owl

For Week 5 of the Wildlife Science Seminar, Robin Bowen of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Portland, Ore., will be presenting on the conservation challenges surrounding barred and spotted owls: “Killing one species to save another: Biology, ecology, ethics and the case of the barred owl.”

Hosted by Professor Ken Raedeke, the Wildlife Seminar is open to the public and meets from 3:30 to 4:40 p.m. in Kane Hall, Room 130. All are welcome, so come if you can!

Also, after today, only two more seminars are left in the Winter Quarter, so mark your calendars:

February 25
“Implementation of the wolf management plan in Washington State.”
Steve Pozzanghera, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, Wash.

March 4
“Forecasting the impacts of land use and climate change at regional and continental scales.”
Josh Lawler, Wildlife Science Group, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences