Huxley Speaker Series 10/19/17: Eric Munscher: Turtle Survival: The Plight of the World’s Turtle Species


Turtle Survival: The Plight of the World’s Turtle Species. What has happened? What is happening? What is being done about it?

Eric C. Munscher is currently a Research Ecologist with SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He obtained his B.Sc from Penn State University and an M.Sc from the University of North Florida in 2007.  Eric is... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 10/12/17: David Henry: From the Arctic to the Tropics: A Hitchhikers Guide to Marine Conservation Jobs


Tips for following your environmental passion to a lifetime of adventure and meaningful work. Get a glimpse of employers, salaries and conservation efforts from the Pacific Ocean, to the Arctic Ocean to the Puget Sound.


David Henry, Marine Educator and Conservationist, is the international manager for the Oceans North science and community-based conservation campaigns in the Arctic Ocean funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

He fell in love... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 10/5/17: Larry & Ellie Kinley: Salish Sea Speaker

Larry Chexanexwh and Ellie (Solomon) Tah Mahs Kinley are Lummi Nation tribal members, life-long fishers, and community leaders. Both Larry and Ellie come from a long line of fishers and tribal leaders, and are deeply rooted in the waters of the Salish Sea. As fishers, they are dedicated to exercising their sovereign rights and practicing their traditional ways of life. Larry and Ellie, together with their two sons, Kyle and Luke, are the co-owners of the reef-net boat, Spirit of Sxwo’le and the purse seiner, The Salish Sea.

In their talk, they will reflect on the many changes of the Salish Sea over time, and the importance of inter-generational transfer of knowledge. In addition, they will discuss their role in revitalizing tribal reef-net fishing and the contemporary issues... Read more

2017 Huxley Environmental Career & Internship Fair: Feb. 9, 4:30-6:30pm


We will try and reschedule for a later date.




The annual Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair is set for Thursday, February 9, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Viking Union Multi-Purpose Room, directly following the WWU Winter Career Fair. All majors are welcome. If you'd like to explore internships, summer jobs, and career-track positions with an environmental focus, then save this date.

We've already got a great line-up of participating organizations, from government agencies and nonprofits to consulting firms and private companies, and expect more to register between now and the event.

Prior to the event, the WWU Career Center will conduct a free session called “Preparing for the Huxley Internship/Job Fair” on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 3-5 pm in Arntzen Hall 225. During this... Read more

Huxley College's Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program Awarded National Accreditation

Western has been granted national accreditation for its BA program in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. The accreditation of undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States is granted by the Planning Accreditation Board in association with the American Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. The granting of accreditation followed a three-year review effort involving the demonstration of compliance with 57 standards and criteria. Western now joins only fifteen other accredited undergraduate planning programs in the United States, and is the second accredited undergraduate planning program in Washington State.

Western has a long tradition in training students in the professional field of urban planning. Huxley College’s BA Degree Program in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, and its predecessor BA programs in environmental planning and urban and regional planning, have continuously operated at... Read more

2016 T-shirt & Sweatshirt Sale During Dead Week in the ES Lobby

$5 off any sweatshirt in stock while supplies last!

Don’t miss our Huxley College T-shirt & sweatshirt sale, just in time for the holidays. We’ll be in the lobby of the Environmental Studies building (floor 1) on Tuesday 2-5pm, Wednesday 9am - 12:30pm, and Thursday 2-5pm. Stop by and pick up a Huxley hoodie or T-shirt. (NOTE: Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.)

Stock up now, and be sure to ask about our environmentally friendly products...

Huxley Speaker Series 11/17: James Meacham on Wildlife GPS-collar Technology

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, James Meacham from InfoGraphics Lab will discuss the use of GPS-collar technology to track wildlife in Yellowstone National Park at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Wildlife GPS-collar technology provides wildlife ecologists an immense amount of data, giving new insight into animal migration. In his Speaker Series talk titled “Visualizing the Complexities of Wildlife Migration: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Ungulates,” James Meacham will focus on the spatiotemporal data and cartographic design challenges encountered in the creation of thematic maps and data graphics for the Atlas of Wildlife Migration: Wyoming’s Ungulates. The recent discovery of the longest land mammal migration in the contiguous United States, the 150-mile “Red Desert... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 11/10: Lorna and Darrell Smith on Charismatic Carnivores

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Lorna and Darrell Smith from Western Wildlife Outreach will discuss the status of large carnivores in Washington State at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

It’s an exciting time to be a large carnivore biologist or aficionado. Career wildlife biologists and ecologists Darrell and Lorna Smith have been immersed in carnivore issues since the mid-1980s. In their Speaker Series talk titled “Lions, Bears & Wolves: The Status of Large Charismatic Carnivores in Washington State,” they will discuss new developments and science-based knowledge in Carnivoran ecology, genetics and taxonomy, along with current population status and recovery issues. They will also talk about safety and human-Carnivoran coexistence.

Western Wildlife Outreach (WWO) grew out... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 11/3: WWU Alumna Rachel Vasak on Salmon Recovery

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Rachel Vasak, Executive Director of the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, will discuss local salmon recovery efforts at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) sprang to life in the 1980s when a group of concerned volunteers united to try to reverse the trend of declining salmon runs in Whatcom County. In 1991, NSEA incorporated as a nonprofit, becoming one of 14 Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups in Washington State. Over the years, NSEA crews, students and community volunteers have planted more than 250,000 trees and shrubs to turn degraded stream banks into functional buffers that improve water quality. Since 1999, more than 20,000 Whatcom County students have been involved in NSEA... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 10/27: WWU's Dr. Joel Swisher on Clean Energy

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Dr. Joel Swisher, Director of WWU’s Institute for Energy Studies, will discuss clean energy at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Access to modern energy services, including efficient usage, is essential to realize 20th century, let alone 21st century, living standards. Yet a transition from inefficient use of fossil fuels to a clean, efficient energy system is key to mitigate global climate change and other environmental and security risks.

In his Speaker Series talk titled “Modern, Clean Energy: Entry to the 20th Century and Survival for the 21st Century,” Dr. Swisher will discuss ongoing efforts at WWU to create a green, low-carbon campus that will enable students, faculty and staff to work together, link classroom learning to campus... Read more