WWU and Huxley students travel yearly to Hawaii with Geography professor Pat Buckley

WWU and Huxley students travel yearly to Hawaii with Geography professor Pat Buckley, exploring contemporary issues in sustainability, planning, tourism, policy, and conservation. Here is an interview by Western alum Ray Tsuchiyama with three of this years' students.

A Message from the Dean

In June, Huxley College of the Environment said goodbye to its latest class of graduates. While we will miss their academic ability, campus leadership, and creative energy, we look forward to watching them begin their life’s work of environmental innovation and leadership. At Huxley they learned how to apply intellect and passion to real-world problems; to question conventional wisdom and easy answers; and to effect change through new ideas and solutions. They now join the ranks of thousands of alumni who have committed themselves to better understanding—and actively improving—the environment upon which we all depend. Never has the need for such work been so important.

While another academic year has come and gone, Huxley is still a flurry of activity this summer with a record number of summer courses, research activity and community engagement. Inside this newsletter... Read more

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Michael Medler, Environmental Studies Department Chair, Featured in Bellingham Herald

Professor Michael Medler, chair of the Department of Environmental Studies, was featured in a recent article in the Bellingham Herald that describes the steps local communities have taken to reduce the potential for poperty loss from wildfires. Medler's research focuses on developing techniques for mapping and analyzing complex biophysical processes such as forest fires, avalanche hazards, and other disturbances.


David Rossiter, Huxley Professor, Weighs in on Canadian Pipeline

David Rossiter, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, recently co-authored an article in the Globe and Mail, Canada's national newspaper: "A funny thing happened on the way to the pipeline hearings. On Jan. 9, 2012, the eve of the Joint Review Panel hearings in British Columbia to review Enbridge’s proposal to build a twinned “Northern Gateway” pipeline from the oil sands of Alberta to the Pacific Ocean, then-natural resources minister Joe Oliver published an open letter in newspapers across the country."