Thoughts & Doings

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 within education.   

This presentation explores the potential of CRSA as critical community-based and anti-racist praxis, through a case study of Latina (im)migrant... 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 asking people to be curious. At their root, citizen science opportunities pique the public’s curiosity about the natural world and provide communities avenues to explore problems or questions... 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), which works to (1) assess climate change risks and vulnerabilities for shellfisheries and (2) execute research efforts to fill knowledge gaps. This talk will include a discussion of treaty... 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 lifelong interest in environmental issues.  He obtained his BA in psychology from Stanford and medical degree from University of Missouri at Columbia.  A residency in family medicine was completed at University of California at San Francisco.  Sandy then taught medicine for 16 years in a University of California at Davis-affiliated residency, with infectious disease... 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 the WSR Act, how rivers are designated, and opportunities for celebrating this important achievement, including attending the River Management Society’s Symposium, “Wild, Scenic and Beyond” conference Oct 22-25, 2018 in Vancouver, WA. Tammi will also introduce the new ... 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 actions by cities and states in the US, which have made serious commitments to green energy and electric vehicles? This seminar will explore the energy and environmental policy and political drivers in play today that influence the breadth and depth of China’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions and improve its air quality. China can be an enigma; it is important to understand the cultural... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 11/30/17: Kelly McAllister: WSDOT and Stewardship of Natural Resources

Kelly McAllister

WSDOT: Balancing Washington’s Transportation Needs with Stewardship of Natural Resources


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has seen steady change in the demands on the state's transportation infrastructure and, significantly, Washington citizens expect the agency to show good stewardship of natural resources.... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 11/16/17: Alan McConchie: Open Source Cartography

Alan McConchie

Open Source Cartography: Blending Data and Design for the Next Generation of Online Maps

Stamen Design has spent the last sixteen years pushing the limits of what is possible with online cartography, creating innovative maps and visualizations to tell our clients' spatial stories. Using open source tools has made this possible, giving them an... Continue reading


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