2011 Updates

December 2011: Marina Alberti participated in the Reinventing the City@MIT panel on “Urban Ecology and the City: How can Urban Ecologists Transform Cities?”

November 2011: Several scientists met as part of the Scenarios for Snohomish Basin 2060 project for an Integrated Model Workshop to examine how regional models can complement the Scenario Planning approach in characterizing long-term implications of multiple uncertain drivers. Click here for more information.

August 2011: Julia Michalak and Karis Tenneson both attended the 96th Annual Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Julia contributed both an oral presentation, “Effects of urban development and forest cover patterns on Garry oak (Quercus garryana) acorn dispersal processes,” and a poster, “Conservation planning in the classroom: Applying project-based pedagogy to promote interdisciplinary learning.” Karis gave a presentation on her research, “Understanding urban forest structure of residential landscapes in the Seattle metropolitan urban(izing) region.”

August 2011: At the “Scenario Development Meeting” of the Scenarios for Snohomish Basin 2060 project, 8 Science Team experts refined the Scenario Logics by selecting variables and end-states of climate change and human values, also discussing potential hypotheses and changing trajectories of other driving gorces. Click here for more information.

Matteo Alberti, now 3 and a half, visited Italy with his mom in July

June 2011: The “Scenario Logics” workshop for the”Scenarios for Snohomish Basin 2060″ project was held at the Washington Park Arboretum. Members of the Science Team and Steering Committee identified alternative hypotheses (storylines) for future conditions in the Basin by challenging our assumptions about plausible driver interactions and their implications on ecosystem services. Attendees selected Climate Change and Human Values as the two most important and uncertain driving forces to focus our attention on. Click here for more information.

May 2011: Marina Alberti presented at 2011 International Urban Wildlife Management and Planning Conference in Austin, TX. Dr. Alberti’s keynote address was titled: “Ecological Resilience in Urbanizing Landscapes: Emerging Hypotheses and Implications for Wildlife Habitat Planning.”

April 2011: Karis Tenneson and Julia Michalak presented at the U.S. International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) symposium in Portland, OR:Michalak, J. “Effects of Landscape Pattern on Oak Dispersal and Regeneration in an Urban Landscape.” April 2011. US International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) Symposium, Portland, OR. Tenneson – Puruncajas, K. “Understanding urban forest structure of residential landscapes in the Seattle metropolitan urban(izing) region” April 2011. U.S. International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) symposium, Portland, OR.

March 2011: Marina Alberti and Mary Roderick presented at the Resilience 2011 meeting “Resilience, Innovation, and Sustainability: Navigating the complexities of global change” at Arizona State University. Dr. Alberti’s talk was titled “Resilient Patterns in Hybrid Ecosystems,” and Ms. Roderick presented a poster with Dr. Robert Mugerauer titled “Refocusing Urban Ecological Design: From Renewing Seattle’s Waterfront to Resilience for Elliott Bay-Puget Sound.”