Treaty Rights and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Coast Salish Food Sovereignty

Orca Health and Status

Knowing, Connecting and Protecting the Salish Sea

Knowing, Connecting and Protecting the Salish Sea

Saving an endangered species is hard. Saving an ecosystem is even harder - especially when so few people even know the name of the place you’re trying to save. As residents of the Salish Sea we have an obligation to take care of it. But that is no small task. It’s been undergoing human-caused changes for hundreds of years and the current factors threatening it are complex and interconnected. Gaydos, Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society, will talk about what makes the Salish Sea so amazing, and what we can do to address some of the largest issues hindering recovery. 

Ten Thousand Recollections: Black Faces, White Spaces & the Possibility of US

Photo by Michael Estrada

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Cultural geographer, performer, and author Dr. Carolyn Finney. Dr. Finney’s book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors examines the representation, participation, and history of African Americans in U.S. parks and public lands. Her work asks us to reconsider public lands as racialized spaces and to explore the implications of this for the environmental movement. Further, she aims to “... Read more

Wolves of Washington

After more than a 70 year absence, wolves have returned to Washington State. They were hunted to extinction, but the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that in 2017 our state had at least 122 wolves distributed in 22 packs. As wolves continue reclaiming our wild areas, they bring change not only to our local ecosystems but also to our human culture. Where are these wolves and how are they surviving? How are they affecting the people in our state? How is our state managing these wolves? These are some of the questions that we will explore during this presentation.

NOTE: There will also be a free screening of the documentary film "The Trouble With Wolves" at 7:00 pm (the same evening as the talk). The film will be shown in AW-204 and is free and open to the public.

"From hunters without game and ranchers afraid of losing their family business, to the biologists who personally brought the wolves back and wildlife managers... Read more

Shannon Point Marine Center

The Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) is Western Washington University’s marine laboratory in Anacortes, Washington.  It is the home base for five WWU faculty members and marine scientists who integrate their research in organismal biology and ecology, community and ecosystem ecology, and ocean and organismal chemistry with undergraduate and graduate level training.  Over a dozen other faculty from a variety of departments at WWU and their students also conduct research at the facility. In addition to working on research projects at SPMC, undergraduates and graduate students can take Biology and Environmental Science courses and participate in community outreach activities at SPMC. 

This talk will describe some of the activities that take place at SPMC; opportunities for students to take courses, become involved in research projects, and participate in outreach activities; and, a description of Dr. Van Alstyne’s research on the chemical ecology of marine seaweeds and seagrasses.  

Seismology, Kilauea

In late April 2018, the 35-year old eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai`i, underwent a radical change.  The locus of volcanic activity shifted from the Pu`u O`o and summit vents to the volcano’s Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ), where it erupted in the Leilani Estates subdivision.  Over the next several months, lava drained from the summit reservoir to the LERZ, where it consumed over 800 homes, destroyed the town of Kapoho, and added nearly 900 acres of new land to the island.  The draining of lava from the Kilauea summit area caused the summit caldera to undergo collapse. Seismic activity associated with the changing eruption included a magnitude 6.9 earthquake on the south flank, and near-daily M5 earthquakes associated with summit collapse.  In response to this eruption, a team of scientists from WWU, Rice University, and the University of Rhode Island deployed a network of ocean-bottom seismometers offshore of the volcano.  These instruments, recently retrieved from the seafloor, should provide insight into the effect the eruption had on the submarine flank, including its potential to fail in a catastrophic landslide.... Read more

WWU's Salish Sea Institute

The mission of the Salish Sea Institute is to foster responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea, inspiring and informing its protection for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Institute:

  • Promotes dialogue and partnerships among people, organizations and agencies throughout First Nations and tribal communities, Washington State, and British Columbia
  • Serves as the administrative home of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
  • Hosts gatherings to cultivate collaborative governance and protection of the Salish Sea
  • Develops place-based curriculum, research and events for students to explore the environment, history and communities of the Salish Sea
  • Fosters a sense of place and raises awareness of the value of the Salish Sea and the issues that threaten its health

ENVS Faculty Candidate 4/19/18: Bayes Ahmed: Community Vulnerability Bangladesh


Research talk by Dr. BAYES AHMED
Candidate for Faculty of Environmental Studies
Thursday, April 19, 4:00-5:00, ES-313

This study develops an understanding of the root-causes of community vulnerability to landslides in the Chittagong Hill Districts (CHD) of Bangladesh. To begin, seven urbanized and four indigenous communities were selected and compared by developing and applying mixed methods. Quantitative information from household-level questionnaires was associated with qualitative maps and diagrams from participatory rural appraisal surveys. A convergent parallel design and index based weighted average decision support model was applied, covering community-level vulnerability indicators for physical, social, economic, ecological, institutional and cultural aspects.

The urbanized hill communities were found to be highly vulnerable to landslides, as they are attracted by city pull factors, deprived of social justice and involved in indiscriminate hill cutting for developing settlements.... Read more