Three innovation imperatives

Mussels, anenomes, and urchins.

We recognize that the environmental challenges we face in the 21st century can appear daunting: the problems are complex, the stakes are high, and time is short. From my vantage point as Dean, the good news is that our faculty, staff, and students tackle grand challenges with an innovation mindset: a set of values and practices that link knowledge and action. 

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Meet David Battisti, professor of atmospheric sciences

Photo: D Battisti

David Battisti isn’t trying to save the world. He’s trying to understand it, he says. A professor of atmospheric sciences at the College of the Environment, he works to increase our collective knowledge on the global climate system and its natural variation. He’s interested in how the oceans, sea ice, atmosphere, and land interact and lead to variability in the climate—what we experience as weather. 

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Tsunami studies, elements in the atmosphere and more: Week of April 13 Published Research

weekly research geology

Each week we share the latest peer-reviewed publications coming from the College of the Environment. Over the past week, ten new articles co-authored by members of the College of the Environment were added to the Web of Science database, including an open access study on trace elements in the winter air of London, and how to turn class field-trips into long-term research. Read on!

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New director of UW’s Olympic Natural Resources Center

Olympic Coast in Washington

Bernard Bormann has joined the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences as the new director of the Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC), and as a professor of forest ecology and physiology. He joins the ONRC after a 34-year career as a scientist with the U.S. Forest Service. His first day in the office was April 1. Since 1989, Bormann has led the Long-Term Ecosystem Productivity Program for the Pacific Northwest Research Station located in Corvallis, OR. He brings with him a strong interest in adaptive management, and will focus his leadership at the ONRC--located in Forks, WA--on upholding the original intent of the center to serve as a hub of collaborative research. A neutral forum that unites researchers, students, professionals and the public, work at the center aims to solve critical issues in forestry and marine management throughout the Olympic Peninsula. He will also focus on developing and studying multiple creative, win-win solutions that can reverse declines in both ecological resilience and rural community well-being across the region. Bormann has a long history in the Puget Sound region. Originally from New England, he received his B.S. in plant ecology from Evergreen State College in 1976, his M.S. in plant ecology from the University of Washington in 1978, and then his Ph.D. in forest physiology from Oregon State University in 1981.

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Philanthropy: Making a Difference

The College of the Environment is known for its outstanding environmental, natural, and social scientists and students, working across a range of disciplines and schools/colleges at the University of Washington and beyond. But it’s our alumni and friends who make much of their work and experiential learning possible through generous gifts and grants. We’d like to thank each and every person who has invested in a unit or program, or in broad-based operating and endowed funds benefiting students and faculty across the College. 

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