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SEFS 500 Graduate Orientation Seminar (1)
Introduction to graduate study at the School, student resources and services, and current research. Offered: A.
SEFS 501 Forest Ecosystems - Community Ecology (5)
Community ecology of forest ecosystems. Quantitative methods of community description. Role of limiting factors, competition, and disturbance in determining community composition, structure, and stability. Introduction to forest ecosystem productivity. History and application of successional theory. Prerequisite: basic ecology course or permission of instructor. Offered: A.
SEFS 502 Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology (4) Bakker
Analysis of ecological data, focusing on community-level data. Topics include distance measures, group comparison methods (Mantel test, permutational MANOVA), ordinations (PCA, DCA, NMS), methods of identifying groups (cluster analysis, classification trees), as well as Indicator Species Analysis, diversity measures, and related topics. Prerequisite: Q SCI 482, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: W.
SEFS 503 Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (1, max. 10)
Critical evaluation and discussion of published research in urban horticulture and restoration. Students and faculty present and discuss research methods and questions from current literature. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
SEFS 504 Research Processes in Forest Resources (4)
Comprehensive survey of research processes for entering graduate students. Diagnostic and prescriptive evaluation of student research capabilities. Problem and hypothesis formulation, study design, multi-method strategies for gathering and analyzing data, and interpretation and presentation of results.
SEFS 505 Introduction to Pulp, Paper, and Bioproducts (3) Gustafson
Introduction to pulp and paper technology for BSE graduate students who do not have a prior background in pulp and paper. Broad overview of pulp and paper technology and the pulp and paper industry. Offered: A.
SEFS 507 Soils and Land Use Problems (4) Harrison
Environmental concerns of soils; how soil properties control potential and reasonable possibilities of land use. Includes factors controlling soil stability, hydrology, fertility, and movement of pollutants. Field trip oriented with weekly activity summaries. Students also conduct field trips to soil-use problem sites. Offered: W.
SEFS 509 Analysis of Research Problems (3)
Natural resource issues emerge from interactions between humans and their biophysical world. Understanding resource problems and solutions requires integration of numerous areas of knowledge and methods of discovery. Objectives include exposure to, and development of, fundamental issues and skills essential for natural resource professionals, including development of a research plan. Offered: W.
SEFS 510 Graduate Studies in Forest Soils (1-5, max. 15)
SEFS 512 Biogeochemical Cycling in Soils and Forest Ecosystems (3) Zabowski
Elemental cycles in forests and soils. Fundamentals of processes involved in cycling are addressed along with alterations resulting from environment, vegetation, and soil types. Consideration of cycles of nutrients, metals, and other elements. Weekly discussion section reviews literature on biogeochemical cycling. Prerequisite: one soils course or permission of instructor. Offered: W, even years.
SEFS 513 Advanced Soil Genesis and Classification (5) Zabowski
Soil formation, morphology, classification, and relationship to the environment. Labs and field trips illustrate properties and processes of forest and grassland soils in Washington. Requires two weekend field trips and a graduate project. Prerequisite: CFR 510 or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp, even years.
SEFS 514 Advanced Forest Soil Fertility and Chemistry (4) Harrison
Chemical properties of soil, nutrient, and toxic elements; supply, retention, and loss of nutrients in soils; utilization of geochemical and ecosystem models such as GEOCHEM, MAGIC, TRICLE-DOWN, and ILWAS in developing a quantitative understanding of the chemical function of forest ecosystems. Prerequisite: general chemistry and geology of soils. Offered: Sp, odd years.
SEFS 515 Advanced Soil and Plant Analysis (3) Harrison
Plants and animals must acquire nutrient elements from their environment. Quantifying the composition of samples is the first step in understanding the processes in natural and manmade systems. Sampling, handling, preparation, storage, and analysis stressed. Prerequisite: one botany or plant science course, instrumental analysis, soils. Offered: Sp, even years.
SEFS 519 Conducting Financial, Environmental, and Social Responsibility Performance Research (3, max. 12) Paun
Focuses on the concepts of accounting, finance, and financial statement analysis; techniques for analyzing firm performance; and conducting competitor analyses. Conduct in-depth, comparative performance analyses of U.S. and Canadian paper firms and publish the findings as a peer-reviewed manuscript in a journal. Offered: WSp.
Instructor Course Description: Dorothy A Paun
SEFS 520 Geographic Information Systems in Forest Resources (5)
Applications of GIS technology to forest science and management. Fundamentals of GIS systems: data sources, preprocessing, map analysis, output; remote sensing as a source of GIS data, image analysis, and classification. Emphasis on GIS as a source of management and technical information requests. Offered: AWSp.
SEFS 521 Current Topics in Forest Resources (2-5, max. 10)
Critical evaluation and discussion of published research in the broad field of forest resources. Topics and requirements vary. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Robert B. Harrison
SEFS 522 Plant-Microbe Interactions (1, max. 3) Doty
Discusses current research related to forest tree-microbe interactions. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W, odd years.
Instructor Course Description: Sharon L Doty
SEFS 523 Environmental Applications of Plants: Bioenergy and Bioremediation (3) Doty
Covers phytoremediation (removing pollutants using plants), biofuel production, and carbon sequestration. Focuses on the biology rather than the chemistry. Emphasizes the latest research on how current practices in these areas are being improved. Offered: A.
SEFS 525 Advanced Wildland Hydrology (4) Bolton
Advanced treatment of hydrologic cycle and basic hydrologic methods as applied to wildlands. Effects of forest management activities on hydrologic processes. Graduate focus on a detailed field or modeling hydrologic analysis. Offered: W.
SEFS 526 Seminar in Advanced Silviculture (3) Ford
Seminar on current and emerging silvicultural issues and underlying biological principles. Topics include: stand management to enhance wildlife, biodiversity, and high productivity in sub-tropical and tropical regions; computer simulation of stand growth; adaptation to changes in management objectives; soil conditions and productivity during stand rotation; and minimizing effects of catastrophic disruption. Prerequisite: ESRM 428. Offered: W.
SEFS 527 Ecosystems Seminar (1)
Discussion by invited speakers on current research related to ecosystems. Credit/no-credit only.
SEFS 528 International Forestry (3) Greulich
Discussion on biological, social, and economic basis linked with forest practices in the world. Focuses on examples of how forests and renewable resources are both exploited and managed, with thoughts on how these resources can be sustainability managed. Emphasizes group presentations and seminar style discussion.
SEFS 529 Water Seminar (1, max. 6)
Weekly seminars covering water resources and watershed topics with lectures from scientists on and off campus. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with FISH 529/PB AF 521; AWSp.
SEFS 535 Fire Ecology (3)
Fire regime concept as applied to fire ecology. Methodology for fire history research. History and function of forest fire in Western United States with emphasis on Pacific Northwest. One weekend field trip. Offered: A.
SEFS 540 Optimization Techniques for Natural Resources (5)
Studies optimization techniques for natural resources managers including spatial optimization; linear, integer, and multi-objective programming; and stochastic and combinatorial optimization. Emphasizes model building rather than on algorithmic concepts. Prerequisite: MATH 308 or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
SEFS 541 Advanced Landscape Ecology (5) Lawler
Hands-on, applied, project-based research class. Students work in a team in conjunction with one or more outside partners to address real landscape-scale conservation problems. Covers scaling, landscape processes, pattern measurement, connectivity, landscape modeling, and conservation planning. Prerequisite: SEFS 501. Offered: W, odd years.
SEFS 549 Urban Horticulture Seminar (1, max. 6)
Discussion by invited speakers on current topics in urban horticulture. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
SEFS 550 Graduate Seminar (2-5, max. 10)
Graduate seminar to evaluate and discuss current research topics. Topics and requirements vary. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Stevan Harrell
SEFS 554 Wildlife Seminar (1-2, max. 10) West
Discussion of current research and application in wildlife biology and conservation. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
Instructor Course Description: Stephen D West
SEFS 561 Public Presentation in Urban Horticulture (2)
Students learn to make public presentations in scientific, professional, and popular contexts and to interpret technical information for professional and lay audiences. Support materials, such as audiovisuals and graphics, are discussed. Offered: Sp.
SEFS 564 Advanced Forest Biometry (3/5) Turnblom
Classical problems in analysis of forest populations and growth theory, and principles of parametric analysis and estimation processes in forest biometry. Offered: A, odd years.
SEFS 567 Topics in Advanced Ecology (3, max. 6)
Discusses literature on active research areas or controversies in different branches of ecology. Offered: jointly with BIOL 567/FISH 567; W.
SEFS 571 Resource Policy and Administration (5)
Study based on understanding of the actors, arenas, issues, and policy communities that form the context for policy development and implementation. Exploration of approaches to policy inquiry. Consideration of implications for both policy and management. Students develop a study design for course project. Offered: jointly with PB AF 592.
SEFS 580 Advanced Urban Ecology (5) Alberti, Bradley, Hill, Marzluff, Paun, ZumBrunnen
Discussion of current and important theoretical and empirical papers in urban ecology. Students continue to research interdisciplinary urban ecology projects while developing publishable manuscripts and oral presentations. Offered: jointly with GEOG 588, URBDP 548. Offered: AWSp.
SEFS 590 Graduate Studies (1-5, max. 10)
Study of emerging scientific developments in forest resources that may develop into regular course offerings. Offered: AWSpS.
SEFS 591 Seminar in Resource Policy and Management (1)
Introduction and orientation for concurrent degree program between the Evans School of Public Affairs and the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Examines research and literature on contemporary issues related to the integration of natural resource science, policy, and management, through discussion among faculty, students, and invited speakers. Offered: jointly with PB AF 591; A.
SEFS 592 Environmental Policy Processes (3)
Presents background to establish the need for environmental policy. Explores in a comparative manner, examining both successes and failures, various strategies that have been used or proposed to protect the environment. Offered: jointly with PB AF 590.
SEFS 595 Graduate Teaching Practicum (1-5, max. 5)
Principles of teaching and learning applied to undergraduate instruction in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Development, delivery, and evaluation of lectures and homework assignments. Graduate teaching experience for SEFS students only. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSp.
SEFS 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
SEFS 601 Internship (3-9, max. 9)
Graduate internship under the supervision of a faculty member. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
SEFS 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
SEFS 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)