Alumni Focus

Lisa Graumlich is COENV Dean

Lisa Graumlich, PhD,’85, joins the UW’s College of the Environment as its inaugural dean on July 1, 2010. She comes to the UW from the University of Arizona, which she joined in 2007 as Director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment.  A paleoecologist, Graumlich investigates how ecosystems and human societies adapt to climate change, with a special focus on severe and persistent drought. She is renowned for her interdisciplinary focus and has a career‐long interest in global climate change, especially the management of natural and human resources in an uncertain future.  

Graumlich received a BS in Botany and an MS in Geography from the University of Wisconsin‐ Madison.  At CFR she did her PhD research, studying with Professor Emeritus Linda Brubaker, on long-term records of temperature and precipitation in the Pacific Northwest derived from tree rings. She began her faculty career in UCLA's Department of Geography and then was recruited to a faculty position at the University of Arizona, where she also served as Director of the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth.  In 1999 she was appointed Director of Montana State University's Mountain Research Center and then Executive Director of its Big Sky Institute, where she worked with researchers and managers to develop science‐based knowledge for biodiversity conservation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and other protected areas.

At the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Graumlich had a mandate to broaden engagement with the grand challenges in environmental sciences and resource management. Under her leadership, the school recruited faculty in emerging fields such as ecological informatics, ecosystem services, and ecohydrology and stabilized its resource base.

Graumlich was named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow in 1999 and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004.  She is a frequent speaker on climate change impacts and adaptation, and most recently, testified on long-term climate variability before the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Graumlich says, "Returning to the UW in a leadership position has great personal significance for me. As a PhD student, I had unparalleled professional opportunities at the UW, and took advantage of the breadth of CFR and its collaborations with programs like the Quaternary Research Center to embed my research into a broader understanding of natural resources and the environment.  This helped lay the foundation for my interest in 'use-inspired science' — investigations driven by the growing need for scientific guidance on issues of global change and natural resource sustainability."

Gary Machlis, Distinguished Alumnus

Gary Machlis, ’75, Professor of Conservation in the University of Idaho's Department of Forest Resources and first-ever science adviser to the director, National Park Service, visited the UW campus in late April to speak at SFR and at the Department of Global Health. On April 23, 2010 he gave SFR’s Distinguished Alumni Seminar, "On the Shoulders: An Interdisciplinary Life in Conservation, Science, and Politics." The seminar series is intended to help SFR students understand and appreciate the kind of real-world work and roles they can assume after graduation, and showcase alumni who during their careers have been leaders in the private, public, and nongovernmental sectors in the U.S. and abroad.

Machlis was instrumental in developing the Park Service's social science program and from 1998-2006 was the national coordinator of the Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit, whose Pacific Northwest unit is housed at SFR. His appointment as the first ever National Park Service Science Adviser will help the agency use the best available science to address complex natural and cultural resource challenges, from climate change to science education. Machlis’ research expertise also includes the ecology of warfare, and during his UW visit he participated in the Department of Global Health-sponsored International Conference on War and Global Health.

Gary Machlis, '75

Date Set for FRAA Fall Celebration

The Forest Resources Alumni Association has scheduled Saturday, November 6, 2010, for its annual meeting and reception. Following on the success of the event format initiated in 2009, the reception will take place at the UW Botanic Gardens, and will be a celebratory, informal occasion, with research displays and an opportunity to mingle with faculty, staff, and students.  Stay tuned to the Alumni web pagefor more details.

Alumni news

Steve Butterworth (’67, ‘71) is the National Park Service's regional energy manager in Seattle, Washington.

Adrien "Mick" Gamache (’69) is the founder and CEO of Private Valuations, Inc., an appraisal and valuation firm in Bellevue, Washington.

Herbert Hammond (‘69) is co-founder of the Silva Forest Foundation in Slocan Park, British Columbia, dedicated to research and education in ecosystem-based conservation planning.

Claylia (Clay) Heilman (‘76) is the president of Nature Vision in Redmond, Washington, which fosters environmental appreciation and stewardship through integration of school, community, and nature education. She received the National Association for Interpretation Region 10's 2009 Grant W. Sharpe Award.









Constance Millar (’77) was one of two recipients of the U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief’s Distinguished Science Award at a January 27, 2010 ceremony in Washington, DC.   She is a research paleoecologist for the Pacific Southwest Research Station

Terry Mengert (‘79) is Professor of Medicine in the UW’s Division of Emergency Medicine.

Marianne Krasny (’82, ‘86) is Professor and Chair in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Vicki Christiansen (‘83) has been named Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, DC.

Nalini Nadkarni (’83) received the 2010 National Science Board Public Service Award for making significant contributions in public understanding of science in the U.S.  Nadkarni is a Faculty Member of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Gretchen Nicholas (BS ‘83) has been appointed Deputy Program Manager for Resources Monitoring and Assessment for the U.S. Forest Service’s Portland Forestry Sciences Lab.

Jiquan Chen (‘91) was one of five University of
Toledo faculty selected as 2010-11 Distinguished University Professors.

Patricia Lock-Dawson ('92) is the Planning Commissioner for Riverside, California and serves as a public member of the California Board for Behavioral Sciences.

Cathleen (Hodges) Bailey (‘94) is a wildlife biologist with the National Park Service’s Haleakala National Park in Makawao, Hawaii.

Lucy Hutyra (‘98) was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Science at Boston University.

Joshua Millspaugh (‘99) has been promoted to Professor and holds the Pauline O'Connor Distinguished Professorship of Wildlife Management in the University of Missouri's School of Natural Resources.

William Gaines (‘02) is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service’s Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest.

Carly Wilson ('06) is a naturalist, wildlife conservationist, and television presenter based in Canberra, Australia.

Brian Boehm ('07) is a habitat restoration specialist with the Stilly-Snohomish Fisheries Enhancement Task Force in Everett, Washington.

Todd Erdody ('09) is a fire effects monitor for the National Park Service's Southern Cascade Network in Oregon.

IN Memoriam

Barney Dowdle (’57)

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