Graduate Student Symposium: March 6!

The 12th annual Graduate Student Symposium (GSS) is set for Friday, March 6, and as always the schedule is packed with great presentations and a panel discussion!

Graduate Student SymposiumOrganized by and for SEFS graduate students, the day-long symposium—held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Forest Club Room—highlights the research of our graduate students through presentations and a poster session. This year’s theme is “Clear as Mud: Interpreting a Changing Environment,” and presenters will grapple with complex challenges that cross scales, cross boundaries and cross ecosystems—and that cross into the political sphere, too. How do we, as scientists, make sense of it all?

In addition to several poster and presentation sessions, there will be a panel discussion featuring Dr. Dan Donato from the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Dr. Karen Bennett from the U.S. Forest Service, and John Squires from the Pinchot Partners collaborative. And as is tradition, the symposium will be immediately followed by a Dead Elk party, which is perfect for unwinding and rehashing the day’s presentations and posters over food and drinks!

The GSS is an excellent opportunity for students to present to their colleagues and professors, gain valuable experience and feedback, network with professional contacts and alumni, and also learn more about the work other students are doing at SEFS. You can present a preliminary proposal, your results from a completed project, or anything in-between. Presentations should last no more than 10 minutes, with 2-3 minutes for Q&A afterward. Undergraduate capstone students are encouraged to present a poster, too!

If you’d like to take part, abstracts must be submitted online by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 20, so get moving!

Check out the full day’s schedule, and email Caitlin Littlefield if you have any questions.

Water Seminar: Winter 2015 Schedule

This quarter, the Environmental Science and Resource Management Seminar will focus on “Water, Soils and Watersheds.” Professor Darlene Zabowski, who his hosting the seminar, gave the first talk this past Tuesday—our apologies for the late notice—and the subjects cover everything from the Elwha Dam removal project to Martian soils.

The seminars are open to the public, and you can catch the action Tuesday mornings from 8:30 to 9:20 a.m. in Anderson Hall 223. Lots of SEFS representation on the slate, so check out the rest of the schedule below and bring your coffee for some terrific presentations!

Water Seminar_Winter 2015Week 1: January 6
“Introduction: Water, Soils and Watersheds”
Professor Darlene Zabowski, SEFS

Week 2: January 13
“Soil Organic Matter: from global cycle to local resource”
Jason James, SEFS

Week 3: January 20
“Soil, Water and Nutrient Management at the UW Student Farm”
Sarah Geurkink, SEFS

Week 4: January 27
“Water, Soils and Forests of the Pacific Northwest”
Kim Littke, SEFS

Week 5: February 3
“The Role of Trees in Modifying Water Chemistry”
Professor Emeritus Bob Edmonds, SEFS

Week 6: February 10
“The Elwha River Dam Removal and Restoration Project”
Joshua Chenoweth, National Park Service/Olympic National Park

Week 7: February 17
“Soil Map of Vancouver, BC: What are Soils Telling Us”
Maja Krzic, University of British Columbia, Land and Food Systems

Week 8: February 24
“Life in extreme environments: Martian Soils”
Ron Sletten, Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington

Week 9: March 3
“Climate Change and Soils of the Pacific Northwest”
Karen Bennett, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region

Week 10: March 10
“Watersheds as a tool to study terrestrial ecosystem processes”
Helga Van Miegroet, Utah State University, Ecology Center