The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences’ weekly seminars are back in a new way for fall 2020!

This quarter, the seminars will be held virtually via Zoom webinars. Please join us for great presentations, engaging question and answer sessions and a post-event reception after every seminar. Titles that are still to be determined will be updated.

The Zoom link to each presentation will be shared on the SEFS blog in the days before each individual event.

The SEFS Seminar Series is made possible with support from the Corkery Family Environmental and Forest Sciences Director’s Endowed Chair fund.

Autumn 2020 Seminars:

Oct. 7 – Dan Brown, SEFS Director
State of SEFS 

Oct. 14 – Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan SEAS
Title: “Cash transfer programs and climate resilience”

Abstract: This review focuses on the relationship between cash transfer-based social assistance programs and the climate resilience of households and communities. Governments in lower and middle- income countries have adopted cash transfer programs widely – both in the conditional and unconditional variants – across Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and south and southeast Asia. The paper uses the large literature evaluating the material impacts of cash transfers to identify how they affect the climate resilience of households and social systems. To assess resilience outcomes, the review examines socio-economic indicators that are used in common in research on cash transfers and climate resilience. Cash transfers support improvements in absorptive and adaptive resilience outcomes. But transformative resilience outcomes are rare. Future studies of cash transfers will need to focus on system resilience features such as modularity, redundancy, diversity, learning, self-organization, and network relations to identify synergies between improved wellbeing and different forms of climate resilience.

Oct. 21 – None in lieu of UW College of the Environment’s Walker Lecture

Oct. 28 – Lisa Graumlich, Dean, College of the Environment; and Melissa K. Watkinson, Environmental Outreach Specialist, College of the Environment
Title: “Queer in STEM – An Intergenerational and Intersectional Dialogue”

Nov. 2 at 4:30 p.m. – L. Monika Moskal, Professor, SEFS, and Dr. Meghan Halabisky
Title: “
Adventures in Remote Sensing:  Linking Forest and Wetland Carbon through Remote Sensing”

Terrestrial wetlands are the largest reservoir of carbon in North America, with roughly half of wetland area occurring in forested systems. Wetlands, defined here as areas saturated at a frequency and duration sufficient to support a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated conditions, usually contain more carbon in their soils than upland areas due to prolonged periods of soil saturation.  While forested wetlands are important long-term carbon sinks and important in global carbon accounting, they have received relatively little research attention and are, therefore, a significant source of uncertainty in carbon inventories and monitoring systems. Dr. Moskal will be presenting research from her 1st 9 months of the NASA funded Carbon Monitoring System, Teal Carbon project that has leveraged stakeholder partnerships through the Precision Forestry Cooperative (directed by Dr. Moskal). The overarching goal of this study is to develop and implement a remote sensing driven, spatiotemporally explicit approach to monitoring total carbon stocks of forested wetlands. This will improve understanding of differences in carbon storage between forested wetlands and uplands with similar aboveground carbon stocks, across a range of hydrodynamics and moisture regimes. Our multiple objectives aim to demonstrate and deploy a novel and accurate way of mapping of forested wetlands and the above- and below-ground carbon stocks associated with these wetlands. The project is a collaboration between UW (Moskal, Halabiksy, Butman and Harvey) and University of Minnesota (Babcock) and stakeholders from the PFC Advisory Board,  UW DNR, WA Department of Ecology, USDA Forest Service and WA WetSAG.

Nov. 11 – John Hayes, Mt. Rainier Institute

Nov. 18 – David Butman, associate professor, SEFS
“Building a Carbon Continuum Perspective”

Abstract: Rooted in historical training of field scientists, and maintained across funding agencies, significant effort is directed to understand terrestrial, aquatic, and coastal carbon and ecosystem dynamics.  However, these domains have remained distinct, even when time spent in the field continues to debunk this notion of hard boundaries between systems.   I see myself as a scientist that attempts to work within each of these ecosystems, but remains a true specialist in none.  However, I argue that this approach creates an opportunity to build a new community that is willing to explore this continuum.  Here, I will present research from those students, post-docs, and now, colleagues I have helped navigate through the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.  Their findings emphasize the importance of reaching across domains to better understand and constrain the cycling of carbon through ecosystems.

Dec. 2 – Courtney Bobsin, Ph.D. student, SEFS
Title: TBD

Dec. 9 – Aaron Wirsing, professor, SEFS; and Mike Heithaus
Title: TBD