Thoughts & Doings

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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.

Huxley Speaker Series 12/7/17: Chris James: After Paris Withdrawal By US, Will China Lead?

Chris James, Regulatory Assistance Project

After Paris Withdrawal by US, Will China Lead?
What Does This Mean for Actions by US States and Other Subnational Jurisdictions?


With the United States having announced its intent to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, what does this mean for China and its role to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? And, what might this portend for... Continue reading


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