MES News & Updates

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

A person walking with a large backpack on in front of a scene of a lake and trees.

The summer is often a time for catching up. For students, they might take one or two classes to get ahead on credits for the upcoming year, or begin data collection for their thesis. For MES staff and faculty, the summer is the time for updating program resources, handbooks, syllabi, and preparing to welcome a new group of graduate students in the fall.

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Spring Thesis Presentations!

A MES student presents their thesis research

On Tuesday, May 21, students from the Master of Environmental Studies program will begin spring thesis presentations. Students present their thesis research each quarter of the academic year, however, the critical mass of students shares their research findings in a public presentation in May, just a few weeks before they submit their final written document, and participate in graduation.

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Why to Present Your Thesis Before You’ve Finished It

Meara at Yosemite Valley

Third year MES student, Meara, recently presented at the Solid Waste Association of North America's Western Regional Symposium. Her topic, "Municipal Solid Waste Contracts: Tools for Mitigating Contamination?" examines how we may be able to reduce recyclable contamination with clauses already written in to most waste contracts. Here are some of her tips and comments on why you might want to present your own work at a conference:

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The Art of Education for Salmonid Ecology

Salmonid Space Time Continuum

Last month MES student Graham Klag presented his work on "The Art of Education for Salmonid Ecology" at the Oregon Chapter of American Fisheries Societies' Annual Meeting. Held in Bend Oregon at the River House, the conference was a combination of oral and poster presentations. The conference was a composition of fish biologist, educators and other conservation professionals exploring the nexus between science and restoration. A variety of projects were presented, with a particular focus on habitat restoration projects for salmonid species. 

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A sneak peek into an MES thesis: Riparian microclimate variability on the Olympic Peninsula

Woman holding binder in forest, smiling

If you, like me, are interested in forest ecology and forest management, then you have stumbled across the right blog post! For my MES thesis research, I am studying the spatial and temporal variability of riparian microclimate on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I am using three years of microclimate data from Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) along with data I collected this summer to analyze microclimate trends in riparian buffers across ten watersheds.

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