Thoughts & Doings

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.


Huxley Grad Student Creates Map of Homes in Path of Potential Wildfires

For his M.S. in Geography, Huxley 2013 grad Jacob Tully created a map that calculates the number of Americans in the lower 48 states living in areas vulnerable to wildfire. Results of his analysis: 45% of Americans in the lower 48 live close to areas where wildfires could flourish; half of Washington state's residents live near 4.8 million acres designated as wildland-urban interface areas.

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Western to Co-host Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, Spring 2014

Western is co-hosting the 2014 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, April 30 - May 2, 2014, at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. From the conference website: "The Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference is the largest most comprehensive event of its kind in the region. The purpose of the conference is to assemble scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community/business leaders, policy makers, educators and students to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, and to guide future actions for protecting and restoring the Salish Sea Ecosystem.... Continue reading
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."



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