Huxley Speaker Series 2/9: Jim Lazar on the Transition to Renewable Energy

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Jim Lazar, a graduate of Huxley College, will deliver his talk, "Teaching the Duck to Fly:  Ten Strategies to Enable A High Reliance on Wind and Solar Energy for Electricity,"  at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In recent years, wind and solar energy have become the least expensive resource options to meet the country’s electricity needs, but these resources are “variable” meaning they do not always produce electricity at predictable levels. Jim Lazar will discuss a... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 2/2: Alumni Speak on Environmental Careers

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Huxley College alumni, Derek Koellmann, Christine Woodward, Rose Lathrop, and Bill Way will discuss their careers and the organizations they represent at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The panelists are from the following organizations:

  • Derek Koellmann, Anchor QEA
  • Christine Woodward, Samish Nation Tribal Government
  • Rose Lathrop, Sustainable Connections
  • Bill Way, The Watershed Company

The panelists represent a wide variety of environmental careers in areas such as natural resource management, environmental planning, green building and smart growth, environmental restoration, and policy development. All four of the panelists are graduates of Huxley College of the Environment.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer period. Anyone interested in the topic is encouraged to attend and participate.

For more information, please contact WWU’s Huxley... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 12/1: David Shull on the Bering Sea Ecosystem

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, David Shull from Huxley's Department of Environmental Sciences will discuss the cycling of carbon and nutrients in Bering Sea sediments at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Located between the mostly ice-covered Arctic and the ice-free North Pacific Oceans, the Bering Sea is an incredibly productive ecosystem. This productivity is fueled by the seasonal availability of sunlight and nutrients, both of which are influenced by spring melt-back of sea ice. But the extent and timing of sea ice melt is changing as the region warms. Because the 500-km wide Bering Shelf is relatively shallow, biological and chemical processes in seafloor sediments likely play a significant role in the cycling of carbon and... Read more

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

Huxley Speaker Series 10/20: Charles Marohn on Urban Development

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Charles Marohn, founder of Strong Towns, will discuss resilience and urban planning at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Strong Towns is a non-profit organization working to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient. In his Speaker Series talk titled “Strong Towns: Curbside Chat,” Marohn will discuss the financial health of American towns and cities, covering topics such as America’s Suburban Experiment; the Growth Ponzi Scheme; the illusion of wealth; mechanisms of growth; and incremental and traditional development models.

Marohn is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 10/20: Ted Carlson on Bellingham Transportation Planning

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Ted Carlson from the City of Bellingham will discuss local transportation planning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Transportation planning is intricately tied to land use, the pattern of development, and the local economy that evolves as an urban area grows. Bellingham’s city-wide multimodal transportation system includes various travel modes, such as pedestrian, bicycle, transit, automobile, freight truck, marine ferry, railroad, and airplanes. In his Speaker Series talk titled “Bellingham’s Transportation Successes and Challenges,” Ted will discuss Bellingham's successes and challenges in implementing programs and projects to provide, manage, and maintain safe, well-connected complete networks for major modes of transportation and users.... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 10/6: WWU Alum Julie Hirsch on Salish Sea Stewardship

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Julie Hirsch from Hirsch Consulting Services will discuss community environmental education in the Salish Sea region at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum (GSSC) is an innovative K-12 stewardship and community environmental education initiative created on Lummi Island in 2012. In her Speaker Series talk, Julie Hirsch will present Oystertopia: Stewards of the Salish Sea, a short film directed by Sam Giffin that documents a GSSC oyster planting carried out by Lummi Island students in June 2016. She will also offer a slide presentation that focuses on shellfish harvesting, ocean acidification and stewardship of the Salish Sea.

Julie is an environmental scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in Whatcom County. After earning a... Read more

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