Huxley Speaker Series explores global and local environmental issues

Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 11:21am

The Huxley College Speaker Series brings together the environmental-science community and other interested members of the WWU and Bellingham communities to explore topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world. Lectures in 2011-12 included:

  •  “Science on Ice: Adélie Penguins” by Chris Linder, photographer and oceanographer of the International League of Conservation Photographers and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. (video).
  • Discussion on work with the Cloud Mountain Farm and Education Center by Bert Webber, founding faculty member of Huxley College of the Environment.
  • “Peace Corps Opportunities for Students of the Environment” by Jill MacIntyre Witt, former Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco and graduate in Environmental and Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.
  • “Conserving and Restoring Northwest Environments through Education” by Jeff Giesen, executive director of the North Cascades Institute.
  • “The Surprising Story of Travel Behavior in Bellingham, Washington” by Susan Horst, Smart Trips program manager at the Whatcom Council of Governments.
  • “Ecosystem Services of Sediment to Coastal Community Resilience and Climate Change Planning in the Pacific Northwest” by Eric Grossman, U.S. Geological Survey and a visiting scholar at Western Washington University.
  • “Investigations in Diesel Exhaust- Mediated Effects in Pulmonary Inflammation and Vascular Reactivity; How Our Genes May Increase Our Susceptibility to Air Pollutants” by Chad Weldy, Western Alumnus, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science 2007.
  • “An Integrated Assessment of Recent Environmental Changes in the Cordillera Blanca Mountains of Peru” by John All, associate professor at Western Kentucky University.
  • “The American Alps Legacy Proposal” by Jim Davis, president of the nonprofit environmental stewardship organization American Alps.
  • “Toxicity of Carbon Nanotubes” by Aaron Edington, postdoctoral scholar in the department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University and a 2004 alumnus of Western’s Huxley College of the Environment.
  • “Protecting and Restoring Rivers by Changing How They Are Harnessed for Energy” by Rich Bowers, the Pacific Northwest coordinator for the Hydropower Reform Coalition.
  • “Legacies of Plant Invasions- Not Always A Story of Doom and Gloom” by Ylva Lekberg, ecologist at MPG Ranch.
  • "My Field Guide: Using Grassroots Digital Media to Promote the Environment" by Kevin Dixey, a staff member at Western specializing in the training and support of using digital design and media tools.
  • “A History of Extreme Freshet Floods in the Fraser Lowland of British Columbia” by Jonathan Hughes, an instructor and researcher in the Geography department at the University of the Fraser Valley.
  • "Falling Dams, Eroding Shorelines and the Changing Elwha Coast" by Ian Miller, a University of California at Santa Cruz doctoral candidate and Western Washington University alumnus.
  • "The Farmer Who Took on Monsanto" by Percy Schmeiser, who has been challenging Monsanto's efforts to promote genetically engineered crops since 1998.
  • "Sustainability Initiatives and Programs at Western: The Campaign to Go Carbon Neutral" by Seth Vidana, sustainability manager for Western’s Office of Sustainability. 
  • "Providing Science Education to Bridge the Academic Achievement Gap" by Justin Yan and Allison Schreuder of Teach for America.
  • "Restoring Wild Salmon in Whatcom County" by Rachel Vasak, Executive Director of Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association.
  • "Coming to the Islands: Early Postglacial Vertebrates and Ecosystem Development on the San Juans and Vancouver Island” by Michael C. Wilson, an interdisciplinary earth scientist trained in Geology, Archaeology, and Anthropology. 
  • "Sustainable Connections: Taking Action for a Healthy Community" by Mariah Ross, Sustainable Business Development manager at Sustainable Connections.
  • "Our Right to Decide! Why We Need the Bellingham Community Bill of Rights to Stop the Coal Trains" by Stoney Bird and Rick Dubrow, the respective chair and vice chair of the No Coal Political Action Committee.


Glacier Cave at Huascarán National Park, summer 2011. Photo courtesy of John All, who presented "An Integrated Assessment of Recent Environmental Changes in the Cordillera Blanca Mountains of Peru" for the Huxley Speaker Series in February.