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QERM Dissertation Defense: Ingrid Spies, Monday, April 21st at 2:00 p.m.


Please join us at the

QERM Dissertation Defense presented by:

Ingrid Spies, Ph.C.

Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

University of Washington

"New approaches in the bridge between genetics and fisheries management."

2:00 p.m.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fishery Sciences Building (FSH), Room 109

1122 NE Boat St., Seattle, WA


PARKING: Limited pay parking is available off Boat St. (Shoppers Lot, west end of Fishery Sciences, $7/day), as well as some metered street parking. There is a UW parking garage on Brooklyn Ave. (just east of Fishery Sciences), and the daily rate is $11, but this lot often fills up early in the morning. For information about UW visitor parking, see


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Ellen Weir Gen Exam, Wed April 16 9am

Ellen Weir – General Exam

Wednesday, April 16th, 9:00am

Anderson Hall, Room 22

"Assessing the Social Acceptability of Endophyte-Assisted Phytoremediation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)"

Committee: Sharon Doty (Chair), Elizabeth Sanders, Gordon Bradley, Cassandra Garcia, Lucy Jarosz (GSR)

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Spusmen Wilder MS defense Th Mar 20, 10am AND 22

Hello all,

Just wanted to extend an invitation to my MS thesis defense.


Quantifying landscape spatial patterns: a framework for collaborative forest management on tribal and federal lands


Thursday, Mar. 20, 2014 @ 10 am


Anderson Hall, Room 22

University of WA, Seattle campus


Ernesto Alvarado (chair), Susan Stevens Hummel, Tom Hinckley, Phil Rigdon


This project is a case-study focused on the Yakama Nation Tribal Forest and USFS Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. We quantified spatial patterns and environmental and management factors associated to patterns. Results identified several ecological and management implications useful to collaborative forest management networks.

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Rhiannon Fox Thesis Defense Tues March 18th 10am

My thesis defense is scheduled for 10:00 next Tuesday, March 18th, in Bloedel 292.

Title: Seasonal and Diurnal Patterns of Whole-Tree Plant Water Relations in Three Pacific Northwest Conifer Species: Thuja plicata, Pseudotsuga menziesii, and Tsuga heterophylla

Committee: Greg Ettl (chair), Tom Hinckey, Soo-Hyung Kim

Abstract: This study examines the diurnal and seasonal water relations of mature western redcedar, Douglas-fir, and western hemlock using continuous sap flow and stem increment monitoring at a study site in western Washington. By carefully selecting a small site containing both large dominant and smaller trees of each of the tree study species, we were able to test some common assumptions regarding species’ ecological tolerances. Specific objectives of the study were to illustrate seasonal and diurnal sap flow and water storage patterns, to examine the relative effects of canopy position and tree species on sap flow rates, to estimate growing season length, and to approximate whole-stand transpiration. This study produced semi-continuous sap flow and dendrometer band data for two and a half years, encompassing three growing seasons.

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Michael Clawson Dissertation Proposal Defense Wed March 12th 3:45pm AND 22

I would like to invite everyone to come and participate in my dissertation proposal defense.

The topic of my dissertation is: "The Application of statistical population reconstruction in a management context."

I will discuss harvest management and how statistical population reconstruction will play a role in its future. Specifically exploring the challenges which arise when complex models are applied to management scenarios and how these challenges can be addressed resulting in more informed management.

Committee: John Marzluff (chair), John Skalski, Aaron Wirsing, Joshua Millspaugh, Joseph Sisneros (GSR).

I hope you all will join me Wednesday March 12th at 3:45pm in Anderson 022.


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Eliott Schmitt General Exam – Tomorrow!

Thursday, March 6th, 9am in Anderson 22.
Committee: Rick Gustafson (chair), Renata Bura, Fernando Resende, Daniel Smith, Brad Holt (GSR).
Title: Advanced process control for fermentation systems.

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PhD defense Gonzalo Thienel Fri March 7th 10am

Where: Anderson 22

When: Friday March 7th, 10am

Title: Understanding Key Environmental Management Practices Associated with the Environmental and Financial Performance in Selected Manufacturing Firms

Committee: David Briggs (Chair), Timothy Hargrave, Eric Turnblom, Dorothy Paun, Stanley Asah, Ann Schlosser (GSR)

Short description: This is an empirical research that quantifies the relationship between the sustainable actions taken by a selected group of American manufacturing firms, and their environmental and financial performance.

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Patrick Bridegam Thesis Defense: March 6, 10am AND 207

Please join Patrick Bridegam for his defense of his master’s thesis: "The Effects of Consumer Country Policies to Address Trade in Suspicious Wood Products: The Effects of the 2008 Lacey Act Amendments on International Trade in Forest Products"

Thursday, March 6

10:00 am

Anderson 207 (Forest Club Room)

Committee: Ivan Eastin (Committee Chair; SEFS and CINTRAFOR), Mark Long (Evans School of Public Affairs), and Bruce Bare (SEFS)

Abstract: Despite international efforts, illegal logging and its associated social, ecological, and economic effects continue on a scale that is of global concern, with significant amounts of illegally-harvested wood and the resulting wood products entering into international trade flows. Recently, major importers of forest products have begun to implement legislation prohibiting the possession and/or importation of wood and wood products that are of illegal origin, such as the U.S. Lacey Act Amendments of 2008. To date, no studies have systematically investigated the effects of the 2008 Lacey Act Amendments on the international trade in forest products. Drawing on bilateral trade data and using a quantitative, regression-based comparative case study methodology, I evaluated the effects of the 2008 Lacey Act Amendments on the international trade in forest products. A data-driven method was used to create an aggregate control group for comparison with countries affected by the policy. If the policy has been effective in reducing the amount of forest products of illegal origin being imported into the U.S., we would expect to see some unique differences in post-policy U.S. imports of wood and wood products from areas with high levels of suspicious wood in their supplies. Results from preliminary analyses show no significant differences in post-policy U.S. imports of wood products of suspicious origins. However, the policy may be affecting the suspicious imports of major exporters of finished products to the U.S.

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Andrew Fraser Thesis Defense Th Dec 12 2pm DRC

Hello All,

I will be presenting my Master’s thesis on December 12th, at 2:00pm. Please feel free to attend and enjoy. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Title: "Use of Solarization to the Kill the Root Crowns and Reduce the Seed Bank Viability of Rubus armeniacus and Cytisus scoparius"

Committee: Dr. Kern Ewing (Chair), Dr. Sarah Reichard, Dr. Jim Fridley

When: December 12th, 2:00pm

Where: Douglas Research Conservatory (DRC) Room 108 at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). It is connected to the Greenhouse.

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Keum Young Lee’s PhD Defense, Mon Dec 9 10am

I will be presenting my PhD Defense on Monday, 9th of December

Please feel free to attend.

Refreshments will be provided.

Thank you.

Dissertation title: Phytoremediation of Chlorpyrifos Insecticide:The Use of Woody Plants and Transgenics to Enhance and Understand the Uptake, Translocation, and Transformation of Chlorpyrifos

Committee: Sharon L. Doty (Chair), Thomas Hinckley, Stuart Strand, Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh, Ann Mescher (GSR)

When: Monday, December 09, 10:00 am

Where: Anderson 22


Keum Young Lee

Ph.D. Candidate

Box 352100

School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

College of the Environment

University of Washington

Seattle, WA 98195-2100


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Jacob Sheppard Thesis Defense, Tue Dec 10

Jacob Sheppard’s MS (SEFS) and MPA (Evans School) thesis defense: "Toward a framework for evaluating civic environmental stewardship in the Green-Duwamish watershed, WA."

Tuesday, December 10, 2:00 PM, Anderson 22

My committee chair is Clare Ryan. My other committee members are Craig Thomas (Evans School) and Dale Blahna (USDA Forest Service)

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Jordan Crawford MS defense, Th Dec 5, 1pm BLB 292

My thesis defense will be December 5th, at 1pm in BLD 292. It’s titled "Techno-economic analysis of hydrocarbon biofuels from poplar biomass via acetic acid fermentation."

Committee: Rick Gustafson (chair) Renata Bura, Fernando Resende, Sergey Rabotyagov

Infrastructure compatible hydrocarbon biofuel that is proposed to qualify as renewable transportation fuel under the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) and Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) is evaluated. The process uses hybrid poplar for feedstock, which undergoes dilute acid pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis. Sugars are fermented to acetic acid, which undergoes conversion to ethyl acetate, ethanol, ethylene, and finally a saturated hydrocarbon end product with yields of 80 gallons of jet fuel per bone dry ton feed. A lignin rich stream that is not fermented may either be burned for steam and electricity production, or gasified. During the biofuel production process, hydrogen gas is required in two unit operations and may be obtained by various methods including lignin gasification. Both technical and economic aspects of the biorefinery are analyzed, with a range of hydrogen sources considered. These include steam reforming of natural gas, gasification of lignin, and electrolysis of water using seasonal excess hydroelectric capacity in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Cash operating costs are estimated to range from 2.55 to 3.38 USD per gallon jet fuel depending on facility capacity. Capacities of 25 to 150 million gallons of polymer jet fuel per year are investigated, with capital investments in the range of 304 to 1,150 million USD. The production of alternative, intermediate products to jet fuel is briefly explored.

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Svetlana Kushch Dissertation Defense Nov 18th, AND 22 8am

Please join me as I defend my dissertation:

Optimizing forest management in consideration of environmental regulations, economic constraints, and ecosystem services

When: November 18th, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Where: Anderson Hall, Room 22

Committee: Sandor Toth (chair), Gregory Ettl, Robert Deal, Susan Bolton, L. Monika Moskal, Zelda Zabinsky (GSR)

*Coffee , beverages and snacks will be provided*

Abstract: Forest management is a multi-objective problem. Decision support in forestry management can benefit from a comprehensive approach to develop strategies that meet all the constraints while also accounting for their effects on ecosystem services. My research provides practical methods for decision support in forest management that can enhance forest stewardship and facilitate planning and communicating proposed actions and their effects to the public.

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Jacob Lipson Thesis Defense Fri Nov 15th, AND 22, 12:30pm

Snacks!! (and Thesis Defense too).

Please join Jacob Lipson for his MS (SEFS) and MPA (Evans School) thesis defense “Business Activities, Decision-Making, and Barriers to Viability of the Forest Biomass Harvesting Industry in Washington State” on Friday, November 15, at 12:30pm in Anderson 22.

Using forest biomass- the leftover byproducts of timber harvesting- as an energy source potentially presents a win-win alignment of environmental goals, economic growth, and business successes. This research explores the thoughts and actions of businesses actively involved in the harvest, collection, processing, and transportation of forest biomass to energy production facilities. Drawing on interviews with 21 firms in the industry, this research characterizes the industrial organization, activities, and decision-making of forest biomass harvesting businesses. This new understanding of forest biomass businesses is then used to examine economic and policy barriers to the more widespread use of forest biomass for energy production.

Jacob’s committee chair is Professor Clare Ryan, and other committee members are Sergey Rabotyagov (SEFS) and David Layton (Evans).

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John Simeone MS Defense Thurs. Aug. 22 at 9am in Anderson 22

My MS defense will be this Thursday, August 22nd at 9am in Anderson Hall room 22.

I will presenting on implications for the development of a sustainable forest sector in the Russian Far East.

Here’s my abstract:

Twenty-three percent of global forests are contained within the Russian Federation’s nine time zones, which is more than the combined forest area of Canada and Brazil. Despite the fact that Russia contains the largest area of natural forests in the world, its current share in the trade of world forest products is below 4 percent. Russia’s forest sector is known for high transportation costs, aging infrastructure, and high instances of bribery and corruption, issues that have had widespread impacts. In 2006, Russia’s easternmost region, the Far East, had the ability to process only two percent of its regional harvest. While the Far East’s processing capacity was particularly low, the situation for most other regions of Russia was little better. With such a low capacity to process timber, Russia increasingly became an exporter of roundwood. Beginning in 2007, the Russian government implemented a series of policies, including export tariffs on roundwood, in order to develop a more competitive timber-processing sector and increase the production and exports of value-added forest products. In 2009, 96% of the forest product exports from the Far East were in the form of unprocessed roundwood logs. Thus, the efficacy of these national forest policies in the Far East has been unclear in the short-term. Additionally, Russia’s World Trade Organization (WTO) accession in August 2012 is expected to alter many aspects of Russia’s forest sector development and exports. Through semi-structured interviews with locals involved in the forest sector in the Russian Far East, this research investigates the most recent challenges facing the development of a sustainable forestry in two southern provinces in Russia’s Far East, Primorskiy Krai and Khabarovskiy Krai. There may be no other two provinces in Russia where political will, economic value, the shadow economy and international interests for timber all intersect and are so keenly observed.

Committee: Sergey Rabotyagov (chair) Ivan Eastin (chair) and Judith Thornton

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Robert Edsforth MEH defense Wed Aug 21

Date: August 21

Time 1 pm

Location: CUH, Douglas Classroom

Subject – Golf Course Property Restoration

Committee Members: Kern Ewing, Jim Fridley, Monika Moskal

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Julie Baroody thesis defense Mon Aug 12

You are invited to the defense of Julianne Baroody’s MS thesis on August 12 at 12pm in Anderson 22. Learn more about the field research for the thesis, titled Firewood Extraction as a Catalyst of Pine-Oak Forest Degradation in the Highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, on the SEFS blog. Julie’s committee is led by Greg Ettl and also includes Stanley Asah and Neptalí Ramírez Marcial (of ECOSUR).

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James Freund, Dissertation Defense Tue Aug 13

Who: James A. Freund

What: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

When: Tuesday, August 13 at 10:00am

Where: Forest Club Room, Anderson 207

Title: Establishment histories and structural development of mature and early old-growth Douglas-fir forests of western Washington and Oregon

Committee: Jerry F. Franklin (Chair), Charles Halpern, Tom A. Spies, Thomas H. Deluca, Jon Bakker, Janneke Hille Ris Lambers

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Ina Penberthy: MEH Final Presentation Wed Aug 7th

I would like to invite everyone to my MEH presentation on Wednesday, August 7, at 1 pm in the Douglas Classroom at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Title: Watershed Park Borrow Pit Stewardship Plan

Presenter: Ina Penberthy

Committee: Kern Ewing (Chair), Jim Fridley, Darlene Zabowski

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E. Natasha Stavros Ph.D. Dissertation Defense Fri Aug 9

What: Ph.D. Dissertation Defense

Who: E. Natasha Stavros

When: Friday, Aug. 9 @ 2 pm

Where: Bloedel 292

Committee: Ernesto Alvarado-Celestin (Chair), Donald McKenzie, Christian Torgersen, Narasimhan Larkin, David Peterson, Tara Strand, Timothy Essington (GSR)

Dissertation: Understanding climate and very large wildfires in the Western United States at scales for modeling air quality


Wildfires, especially the largest ones, can have lasting ecological and social effects both directly on the landscape and indirectly on the atmosphere and climate; thus making them a part of a much more complicated system. Both climate and fire regimes are expected to change into the future while air quality, the composition of the near surface atmosphere, continues to be regulated. It is necessary to understand how climate, wildfire, and air quality interact to mitigate air quality. There are limited studies, however, at spatial and temporal scales appropriate to integrate climate, wildfire, and air quality data. To begin to study the interactions among these three components, evidence from very large wildfires, here defined as megafires, provides a useful starting place. Megafires contribute to significant degradation in air quality and consequently climate. In this dissertation, I demonstrated, using a systematic approach, that broad spatial and fine temporal resolutions are the best scales by which to understand how climate, wildfire, and air quality interact. Thus, using broad wildfire data aggregated to the spatial scale of eight US National Interagency Fire Center Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACCs) across the western contiguous US, and daily and monthly climate data, I developed logistic regression models to predict the probability that a megafire will occur in a given week. Significant climate predictors of megafires vary by GACC and are similar to those found by other studies for aggregate annual area burned. Thus megafires may influence the analysis of aggregate statistics substantially. For all eight GACCs, projecting these models showed a significant (p≤0.05) difference between the historical period from 1979 to 2010 and both Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change future scenarios, representative concentration pathways (RCPs) 4.5 and 8.5, during 2031 to 2060. Generally, with the exception of the Southwest and Northern California, megafires will be more likely both throughout the fire season and from year to year, with more pronounced patterns under RCP 8.5 than RCP 4.5. This research provides a political and managerial motivation to analyze the effects of a changing climate on air quality degradation from megafires.

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