Huxley Speaker Series 3/15/18: Mitch Friedman: Keeping the Wild in Washington

Mitch Friedman, Executive Director, Conservation Northwest

Keeping the Wild in Washington

Fisher - photo by Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project

Washington’s diverse landscape, from rainforest to sage steppe, supports diverse wildlife treasured by our people who live here. But with a rapidly growing human population and changing climate, focused and resourced conservation action is needed to sustain that biodiversity. Mitch will share observations from over three decades of protecting wildlands and wildlife, including some inspiring successes. He’ll also explain how the state is under committing to our wildlife, and what can be done about that.

Huxley Speaker Series 3/8/18: CANCELED, Salish Sea Speaker


Due to losses in the Lummi community the Salish Sea Speaker event for Winter Quarter has been respectively canceled.

We hope to reschedule this talk in the Spring.




Salish Sea Speaker - Winter 2018 

Lummi Nation Hereditary Chief Tsi’li’xw (Bill James) and Su'hun'up Hussmeen (Troy Olsen)

Chief Tsi’li’xw (Bill James) - photo by Matika Wilbur

Huxley Speaker Series 3/1/18: Laura Rose: Mt Everest Culture

The Deboche Project:  Rebuilding and revitalizing the historic Deboche Nunnery, an integral link to the preservation of Tibetan/ Buddhist traditions and Sherpa culture

Nestled into the foothills of Mt. Everest, the small Deboche convent is considered to be the oldest and most historically significant Buddhist nunnery in the Himalayan region, playing a key role in preserving Tibetan/ Buddhist traditions and Sherpa culture since the early 1920’s. Over time the buildings fell into disrepair and neglect, creating unsafe and harsh living conditions for the remaining resident nuns (Anis) and placing the convent’s future in jeopardy

The Deboche Project is an organized effort to renew and vitalize the struggling convent. Various... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/22/18: Rachel Arnold: Frogfish

The Bizarre Frogfishes (Antennariidae: Lophiiformes): Evolutionary Relationships, Life History, and Conservation Implications

(photo by Rod Klein)

Frogfishes (Order Lophiiformes: Suborder Antennarioidei: Family Antennariidae) are a morphologically diverse group of fishes found in nearly all subtropical and tropical oceans and seas of the world. Most genera, however, are endemic to relatively small regions within the Indo-Australian archipelago. Frogfishes, like nearly all anglerfishes, have a modified first dorsal spine that serves as a luring apparatus. Due to problematic morphological characters, intergeneric relationships had remained unresolved until a molecular study was conducted in 2012. This phylogeny was constructed using fragments of the 16S, COI, and RAG2 genes. Ovarian... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/15/18: Veronica Velez: Mapping Social Injustice

Ground-Truthing: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as Community-Based and Anti-Racist Praxis

Critical race scholars in education have recently developed a methodological framework that employs GIS and spatial analysis from a critical race lens. This approach, known as critical race spatial analysis (CRSA) extends GIS from its traditional use in geography and urban planning into new avenues and possibilities for examining educational interests concerned with the social, cultural, political, and historic role of space and place as it relates to schools and educational (in)opportunity. By re-imagining how socio-spatial relationships are explored, analyzed, and displayed, CRSA positions GIS as a critical research tool for addressing spatial inequities and furthering racial justice efforts... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/8/18: Bianca Perla: Citizen Science

Curiosity Run Wild: The Multiple Benefits of Citizen Science on Vashon Island

Bianca Perla, Director, Vashon Nature Center

From counting salmon and aquatic invertebrates in streams, to capturing photos of wild predators and roadkill, to monitoring beach health after bulkhead removal, I will discuss the multiple benefits of applying citizen science to adaptive resource management in local communities. How do we shift human attitudes to be more accepting of environmentally sound practices? How do we get environmental managers, scientists, and the public all on the same page and working toward ecosystem recovery in the Puget Sound?

At Vashon Nature Center we’ve started by... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/1/18: Julie Barber: Swinomish Shellfish Program

The Swinomish Shellfish Program: Management, Research, and Restoration Efforts

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community (SITC) Fisheries Department focuses much of its work on finfish and shellfish resources. The Shellfish Program provides the Tribe with research, restoration, and technical assistance to achieve optimal benefits for its member fishers. Currently, the program supports numerous projects including: shellfisheries management, bait clam fishery administration, subtidal and intertidal shellfish surveys, native clam population variability research, intertidal ecological research, clam garden development, Olympia oyster restoration and research, aquaculture ventures, and dive safety. Within the Shellfish Program, SITC also supports the Swinomish Fisheries Climate Change Program (SFCCP... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 1/25/18 Environmental Career Panel

As part of the 2017-18 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series Derek Koellmann, Christine Woodward, Analiese Burns, and Jim Ace will discuss their careers and the organizations they represent at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 25th, in AW-204 on the Western Washington University campus. The panelists are from the following organizations:

  • Derek Koellmann, Anchor QEA (Principal Environmental Planner)
  • Christine Woodward, Samish Nation Tribal Government (Former Director, Natural Resources)
  • Analiese Burns, City of Bellingham (Habitat and Restoration Manger)
  • Jim Ace, Stand.Earth (Campaign and Actions Manager)

The panelists represent a wide variety of environmental careers in diverse areas (natural resource management, environmental planning, green building and smart growth, environmental restoration, and policy development) as well as types of agencies (local government, tribal, non-profit, environmental consulting). In addition, Derek, Christine and Analise are also graduates of Huxley... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 1/18/18: Sandy Lawrence: A Sea of Change

A Sea Change: Overpopulation, King Tides, Storm Surges, Acidification, Deoxygenation, Coral Bleaching, Plastic Accumulation and Overfishing just sound daunting.  Solutions actually exist for all of these problems except Milutin Milankovich and his stubborn orbital mechanics.

Sandy W. Lawrence is a retired physician with a... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 1/11/18: Tammi Laninga: National Wild and Scenic Rivers

2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. Dr. Tammi Laninga, who spent eight years with the Bureau of Land Management’s Upper Snake Field Office facilitating visitor input opportunities to examine visitor recreation experiences and visitor capacity on public lands and rivers in Southeast Idaho, will give a brief overview of... Read more