Thoughts & Doings

Huxley Speaker Series 11/9/17: Grace Wang: What Influences Public Land Managers?

What Influences Public Land Managers? An Analysis of BLM Decision Makers. 
Grace Wang, PhD, Huxley College of the Environment 
This talk will outline the factors that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) managers utilize in their decision-making.  Interviewing 25 managers at the state and district level, and transcribing over 30 hours of data, Grace Wang's and former BLM deputy director Geoff Middaugh developed a model that identified six factors: science, democratic authority, legal authoritypublic interest, special interest and... Continue reading
Huxley Speaker Series 11/9/17: Leslie Arutunian: Wildland Studies


Huxley Speaker Series 11/2/17: Sarah Myhre: Women, Science, and the Trump Administration

Sarah E. Myhre, Ph.D.

One Year of Activism and Resistance: Women, Science, and the Trump Administration


As we near the year anniversary of the election of Donald Trump, it is appropriate to remark on the paradigm shift that has occurred in activism and public scholarship for many women in science. My scientific community of women colleagues has radically changed, reorganized by... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/26/17: Anton Thomas: Drawing a Continent by Hand

Drawing a Continent by Hand

Three years ago, Anton Thomas picked up a set of color pencils and began drawing North America. State by state, city by city, he wished to pay tribute to a spectacular continent by way of pictorial map. Without a sense of how long it would take, he stumbled into a mammoth project: The North American Continent. In this seminar Anton will have a full sized print on... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/19/17: Eric Munscher: Turtle Survival: The Plight of the World’s Turtle Species


Turtle Survival: The Plight of the World’s Turtle Species. What has happened? What is happening? What is being done about it?

Eric C. Munscher is currently a Research Ecologist with SWCA Environmental Consultants (SWCA) and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He obtained his B.Sc from Penn State University and an M.Sc from the University of North Florida in 2007. ... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/12/17: David Henry: A Hitchhikers Guide to Marine Conservation Jobs

Tips for following your environmental passion to a lifetime of adventure and meaningful work. Get a glimpse of employers, salaries and conservation efforts from the Pacific Ocean, to the Arctic Ocean to the Puget Sound.


David Henry, Marine Educator and Conservationist, is the international manager for the Oceans North science and community-based conservation campaigns in the Arctic Ocean funded by the Pew... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 10/5/17: Larry & Ellie Kinley: Salish Sea Speakers

Larry Chexanexwh and Ellie (Solomon) Tah Mahs Kinley are Lummi Nation tribal members, life-long fishers, and community leaders. Both Larry and Ellie come from a long line of fishers and tribal leaders, and are deeply rooted in the waters of the Salish Sea. As fishers, they are dedicated to exercising their sovereign rights and practicing their traditional ways of life. Larry and Ellie, together with their two sons, Kyle and Luke, are the co-owners of the reef-net boat, Spirit of Sxwo’le and the purse seiner, The Salish Sea.

In their talk, they will reflect on the many changes of the Salish Sea over time, and the importance of inter-generational transfer of knowledge. In addition, they will discuss their role in revitalizing tribal reef-net fishing and the contemporary... Continue reading

Huxley's Fall BBQ/Potluck - Thursday Oct. 5 @ 4pm on the Communications Lawn

Welcome Back! Each year, Huxley College holds a fall potluck/BBQ to welcome back college students, staff, and faculty. Professor Leo Bodensteiner generously provides his grill, and the dean buys the hot dogs, meatless alternatives, and side dishes. That’s right, FREE FOOD plus the opportunity to mingle with Huxley students, staff and faculty members. There will be music, lawn games a photo booth and an opportunity to receive a coupon for purchasing Huxley gear.  The BBQ will be on the Communications Lawn, the wide green space between Environmental Studies, Communications Facility, and Academic West. The show will go on rain or shine--in case of rain, we will move the BBQ and tables under the ES or Academic West overhang.

We’ll have plenty of food for you!

Questions? Contact me at or 360-650-... Continue reading

Huxley Speaker Series 6/1: Sylvia Yang on WWU's SEA Discovery Center

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Sylvia Yang will deliver her talk “SEA Discovery Center: Fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of marine ecosystems,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 1 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. Located in Poulsbo, WA, the SEA Discovery Center is a public aquarium and hands-on learning center featuring marine life and habitats from the Pacific Northwest. Since May 24, 2016, Western Washington University has been continuing the center’s mission to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the marine environment. Sylvia Yang will share the Center’s history as an educational resource for the community and discuss avenues for... Continue reading
Huxley Speaker Series 5/25: Kimberly Larson on Climate Change Communication

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Kimberly Larson will deliver her talk “It’s Okay to Talk About Global Warming: Effectively Communicating About Climate in a Heated Climate,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 25 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. Kimberly Larson will discuss current challenges for advocates of climate action and how they can best communicate with their audiences and challengers. As a Northwest-based nonprofit, Climate Solutions works to advance clean energy solutions to the climate crisis through promoting effective policies and market-based innovations, organizing partnerships and a diverse movement for action, and communicating the best... Continue reading


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