Thoughts & Doings

Huxley Professor's Research Shows Ties Between Estuary Health and Greenhouse Gases

From the WWU Office of Communications:

"At a pair of research projects in Snohomish County, Western Washington University Professor of Environmental Science John Rybczyk is looking to find out more about the relationship between river deltas and estuary systems and their ability to lock in carbon.

"Carbon is a naturally occurring element found in all living things, and the soft, oxygen-free sediments of estuaries are natural sponges that lock in carbon. When these estuaries and river deltas are drained or impounded, that sediment becomes exposed to oxygen and combines with the newly-freed carbon... Continue reading

Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences (MIMSUP): Applications Due Friday Nov. 8

Shannon Point's Multicultural Initiative in the Marine Sciences (MIMSUP) program, designed to increase diversity within the next generation of marine scientists, is accepting applications for the January 7 - June 13, 2014, session. Participants complete 31 quarter credit hours of formal university coursework, explore career opportunities, and engage in supervised research.

Applications are encouraged in particular from US citizens belonging to groups currently under-represented in the marine sciences: African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Alaskan Natives, Native Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders.

Selected students will spend... Continue reading

VIDEO: WOOT! Program Takes Western Students Outdoors

Wild berry harvesting, cascade fording, evergreen forest hiking, log climbing, circle dancing, alpine lake swimming, suspension bridge crossing, bear watching, wilderness camping--these too could be yours...

Each year, a group of incoming WWU first-years participate in the Western Outdoor Orientation Trips (WOOT!) program, designed to provide new students a chance to make new friends while exploring the wilderness in our region. WOOT! offers three such bonding opportunities--(1) hiking the nearby Mout Baker foothills; (2) kayaking the San Juan Islands, or (3) backpacking the North Cascades.

To find out more about WOOT!, visit the Associated Students Outdoor Center program page, or watch one of the videos below.

Huxley Speaker Series 10/24: Pollution Prevention Specialist Lee First to Discuss Local Water Quality

On Thursday at 4:00 in the Communications Facility, Room 105, Lee First will discuss local water quality from a kayak’s-eye view. As a Pollution Prevention Specialist for RE Sources, Lee paddles the rivers of Whatcom and Skagit Counties, observing  buffers, cows standing in the water, pipes and pumps putting water into and taking water out of streams, and other manifestations of our local relationship with water.

First, whose talk is titled “Our Water: Exploring the Streams, Rivers, and Marine Shorelines of Whatcom and Skagit Counties,” will highlight examples of water quality, habitat, and critical area problems, from the good to the not-so-good; provide a variety of... Continue reading

Dr. Emily Wakild to Speak on Animal Conservation in South America

Dr. Emily Wakild from Boise State University's Department of History, is giving a talk titled "The Saga of the Saca: What Debates Over Vicuña Culling Teach Us About Conservation in South America" on Friday, 10/18 at 4PM in MIller Hall: "Animal conservation efforts in South America have successfully saved from extinction species like the vicuña, the llama’s wild cousin. But protection is hardly a straightforward affair.  Beginning in 1966, Peru’s vicuña experiment may have been the world’s first community-based conservation effort and it increased the animal’s population fortyfold in a decade. Proposals to then manage the population and sell vicuña wool devolved into a personal rivalry and international controversy... Continue reading
Huxley College on Twitter and Facebook: Like Us for a Chance to Win Huxley Gear!

Now that our new website has launched, we're adding social media channels to our online presence:

  1. Find us in the Twittersphere at Follow us and we'll follow you back!

  2. Look for us on Facebook at Like our page for a chance to win a coveted item of Huxley gear.

  3. Have a blog that relates to Western, Huxley, the environment, or some other topic you can possibly relate to our mission? Let us know. In the next few weeks we'll be adding a blogroll and other links.

Like on, Tweet on, and... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/17: Dr. Gabor Zovanyi to Discuss "The No-Growth Imperative"

This Thursday, 10/17, Dr. Gabor Zovanyi, Professor of Urban & Regional Planning at Eastern Washington University, will discuss his new book, The No-Growth Imperative: Creating Sustainable Communities under Ecological Limits to Growth. The talk, which is part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, will take place at 4 p.m. in Communications Facility 105 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

More than two decades of mounting evidence confirms that the existing scale of human enterprise has surpassed global ecological limits to growth. Based on such limits, The No-Growth Imperative discounts current efforts to maintain growth through eco-efficiency initiatives and smart-growth programs, and argues... Continue reading

First-ever Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference to be Held at Western, Feb. 2014

From Western Today (photo at left by Matthew Anderson/WWU):

"Nancy Lord, author of Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North, will keynote the first-ever Washington Higher Education Sustainability Conference Feb. 6 and 7, 2014, at Western Washington University. Lord’s book is the Western Reads book for this school year.

"Students, faculty and staff at Western are encouraged to submit proposals for the conference.... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/10: Chuck Antholt to Discuss Irrigation Practices Around the World

Charles Antholt, a lecturer in the Department of Economics, will discuss the importance of irrigation in the developed and developing world as part of the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, in Communications Facility 105 on the WWU campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The talk, titled “Water and Food: Around the World, in the US, and in Whatcom County,” will cover locations around the world that illustrate the importance of irrigation in the developed and developing world–and the unintended consequences too often associated with increasing irrigated acreage. One of the challenges ahead in meeting future food needs is to ensure that... Continue reading

Huxley Professors to Participate in Environmental Science and Ethics Panel Discussion on 10/17

Two Huxley professors are set to discuss the scientific and ethical issues raised in this year's Western Reads section, Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North by Nancy Lord. Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Grace Wang and Associate Professor of Environmental Science Andy Bunn will join oceanographer and science photographer Chris Linder to lead two separate discussions on environmental science ethics. The talks will take place on Thursday, October 17 on campus and at Village Books in Fairhaven.

For more information, visit... Continue reading


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