Huxley College Speaker Series

The Huxley College Speaker Series brings guest lecturers to the WWU campus to address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and beyond, and is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities.

The Huxley Speaker Series is held Thursdays at 4:00 pm in Miller Hall room 138.

The lectures are free and open to the public.

2016-17 Speakers  (Videos now available)

FALL Quarter 2016 -   (See also Winter 2017 and Spring 2017)

____________ Date/Time Speaker Talk Title Video

9/29/16, 4pm

Alfredo Prieto

"The End of the Earth: Biodiversity, Conservation and Cultural Memory in Patagonia"


10/6/16, 4pm

Julie Hirsch

"Oystertopia: Stewards of the Salish Sea"   (Video)


10/13/16, 4pm

Timothy Ballew, Sr.

"Five Generations of the Salish Sea"


10/20/16, 2:30pm

Charles Marohn

"Strong Towns: Curbside Chat"


10/20/16, 4pm

Ted Carlson

"Bellingham's Transportation Successes and Challenges"


10/27/16, 4pm

Joel Swisher

"Modern, Clean Energy: Entry to the 20th Century and Survival for the 21st Century"


11/3/16, 4pm

Rachel Vasak

"Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's Salmon Recovery Efforts"


11/10/16, 4pm

Lorna & Darrell Smith

"Lions & Bears & Wolves: The Status of Large Charismatic Carnivores in Washington State"


11/17/16, 4pm

Jim Meacham

"Visualizing the Complexities of Wildlife Migration: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Ungulates"


12/1/16, 4pm

David Shull

"Cycling of Carbon and Nutrients in the Bering Sea Sediments"





WINTER Quarter 2017  (See also Fall 2016 and Spring 2017)

____________ Date/Time Speaker Talk Title Video

1/12/17, 4pm

Jenise Bauman

"Interactions between beneficial ectomycorrhizal fungi and chestnut blight (Cryphonectria parasitica) on American chestnut (Castanea dentata) used in coal mine reclamation"


1/19/17, 4pm

Chris Greacen

"Renewable Energy Mini-Grids in Myanmar"


1/26/17, 4pm

Denise DeLuca

"Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Innovation"


2/2/17, 4pm

Huxley Career Panel

Derek Koellmann, Anchor QEA

Christine Woodward, Samish Nation Tribal Government

Rose Lathrop, Sustainable Connections

Bill Way, The Watershed Company


2/9/17, 4pm

Jim Lazar

"Teaching the Duck to Fly:  Ten Strategies to Enable A High Reliance on Wind and Solar Energy for Electricity"

CANCELED due to Campus Closure


2/16/17, 4pm

Christine Biermann

"Securing Forests from the Scourge of Blight: Nature, Nation, and the American Chestnut"


Thursday, 2/23/17, 4pm

Jon Riedel

"Blue Ice: Photographic and Scientific Evidence of the Recent Loss of Glaciers in Washington's National Parks"


3/3/17, 5:30

Tzeporah Berman

This Crazy Time: Living Our Environmental Challenge

Keynote Speaker for Western Division Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG) Conference


Thursday, 3/9/17, 4pm

Dana Wilson

The Salish Sea (Traditional Territory of the Lummi Nation)

Winter 2017 Salish Sea Speaker



SPRING Quarter 2017   (See also Fall 2016 and Winter 2017)

____________ Date/Time Speaker Talk Title Location

Thursday, 4/6/17, 4pm

Bill Moyer

"Solutionary Rail: A People-Powered Campaign to Electrify America's Railroads and Open Corridors to a Clean Energy Future"

MH 138

Thursday, 4/13/17, 4pm

Peter Robinson

The Future of Environmentalism

MH 138

Thursday, 4/20/17, 4pm

Mitch Thomashow

The Future of Environmental Learning

MH 138

Thursday, 4/27/17, 4pm

George Lakey

Climate Action and the Struggle for Economic Justice

MH 138

Thursday, 5/4/17, 4pm

Kate Troll

The Great Unconformity

MH 138


Thursday, 5/11/17, 12-2:00 pm

Jay Julius (Salish Sea Speaker) #TreatyWin: Reflections on Lummi Nation's Fight to Protect Xwe'ChieXen (Cherry Point) Northwest Indian College Cultural Learning Center (Log Building #11)

Thursday, 5/11/17, 4pm

Misty Peacock

Blurred Lines: Multiple Freshwater and Marine Algal Toxins at the Land-Sea Interface

MH 138

Thursday, 5/18/17, 4pm

Denise Atwood & Ric Conner

Conscious Connections Foundation: Earthquake Relief in Nepal

MH 138

Thursday, 5/25/17, 4pm

Kimberly Larson

Climate Solutions (TBA)

MH 138

Thursday, 6/1/17, 4pm

Sylvia Yang

WWU's SEA Discovery Center (TBA)

MH 138



Interested in prior years' lecture series? Visit Huxley Speaker Series 2015-16Huxley Speaker Series 2014-15, or Huxley Speaker Series 2013-14.