Education and Research

November 26, 2013

“In the spring of 2011, the Denman Forestry Issues Series was presented by the School of Forest Resources (SFR), College of the Environment, at the University of Washington. The series featured nine speakers celebrating the international contributions of SFR to the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011, which has the theme of raising awareness of sustainable management, conservation, and development of all types of forests throughout the world.

The first session focused on “”International Interdisciplinary Education and Research.”” Professor Tom Hinckley, Interim Director of SFR, provided an overview of the involvement of SFR in the International Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program funded by the National Science Foundation. His presentation was followed by examples from two former students who completed their PhD programs with IGERT funding; Lauren Urgenson spoke about her work on forest restoration in South Africa followed by Julie Combs who talked about the influence of introduced bumblebees on the native flora and fauna in Chilean forests.

The Denman Forestry Issues series is intended to educate the public about topical issues in forest resources in the Pacific Northwest, as well as provide information to natural resource specialists and students. Many of the international research, teaching and outreach activities conducted by SFR faculty and students impact the Pacific Northwest and some of the work is directly transferable. SFR has faculty and students working in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia in all types of forests and their interesting stories are told here.”

Tom Hinckley|,Tom Hinckley, Professor and Interim Director, School of Forest Resources Lauren Urgenson|,Lauren Urgenson, PhD graduate, Center for Urban Horticulture, School of Forest Resources Julie Combs|,Julie Combs, PhD graduate, Center for Urban Horticulture, School of Forest Resources