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The history of DEMO: An experiment in regeneration harvest of northwestern forest ecosystems. Northwest Science 73:3-11.
  • 05 Dec 2022 3:11 PM | Daniel Gavin (Administrator)

    Call for Abstracts for Oral & Poster Presentations at the upcoming



    A Joint Meeting with American Association for the Advancement of Science - Pacific Division and Northwest Lichenologists

    see details on the annual meeting page

  • 13 Nov 2022 10:14 AM | Daniel Gavin (Administrator)

    The Northwest Scientific Association (NWSA) annually awards grants of up to $750 for undergraduate (BA/BS) and up to $1,500 for graduate (MA/MS or PhD) proposals to support student research in the pure and applied sciences in natural resources or related fields.  More detail here.

  • 19 May 2022 12:45 PM | Daniel Gavin (Administrator)

    The Northwest Scientific Association is recruiting applications for the position of Chief Editor of Northwest Science. Northwest Science is a quarterly journal publishing scientific studies representing natural and physical science research conducted in the Pacific Northwest, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, northern California, and western Canada. Northwest Science has been in continuous publication since 1927 and provides an important outlet for scientific work relevant to the Pacific Northwest.

    Link for more details

    Chief Editor

    Basic responsibilities of the Chief Editor include:

    • Oversee workflow involved with publishing approximately six scientific papers per issue (four issues per year), aided by electronic submittal management software

    • Increase and diversify submissions to the journal
    • Recruit Associate Editors as needed
    • Provide a written annual report describing journal status
    • Serve on the NWSA Board of Directors
    • Serve for a three-year, renewable term

    Basic qualifications of the Chief Editor include:

    • An established record of scientific publications
    • A breadth of scientific knowledge
    • Good communication skills
    • Availability to commit roughly 20 hours per month to the journal
    • Appreciation for the value of a regional scientific journal
  • 30 Apr 2022 6:31 PM | Daniel Gavin (Administrator)

    Save the date! The 2023 Annual Meeting will be held at Western Washington University on March 21-24. Workshops and the evening social event will be March 21, the plenaries and special and contributed sessions on March 22 & 23, and field trips on March 24.  The local host committee is co-chaired by Jon Riedel and Leo Bodensteiner.

  • 06 Apr 2022 12:44 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our 2022 NWSA Student Grants winners. 

    We love your NW science! <3

    Our 2022 winners are:

    • Steven Quick, The Evergreen State College
    • Madeleine Lopez, Cal Poly Humboldt
    • Carina Kusaka, Oregon State University
    • Mark Kreider, University of Montana
    • Nathan Stewart, Portland State University

    Find out more information on our Student Grants webpage.

  • 30 Jan 2022 12:46 AM | Anonymous
    Due to the still rising number of CoVid-19 cases in many areas, the local local program committee (with Jeff Kane as local program chair) has decided an in-person meeting should not occur this year and has instead decided to move the meeting to a VIRTUAL format. Abstract submission and registration are open now.
  • 03 May 2021 2:27 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to our 2021 NWSA Student Grants winners. 

     Our 2021 winners are:

    • Fay Pooler (Portland State University)
    • Dana Colley (Eastern Washington University)
    • Sky Button (Washington State University Vancouver)
    • Graham Frank (Oregon State University)
    • Lara Jansen (Portland State University)

     Find out more information on our Student Grants webpage.

  • 01 Apr 2021 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Spring 2021 Biweekly Seminars

    Spring 2021 Biweekly seminars hosted by the Northwest Scientific Association,
    all talks at 3:30 PM

    Last updated 4/1/21

    Hope you will be able to join us for some or all of the webinars in the NWSA first webinar series!   

    Connie Harrington
    President NWSA


    To register for the seminar series, please clink the link below. For security purposes, each person will receive a unique link to participate.

    The speakers with underlined names were scheduled to present last year and more information can be found here.

    • February 25: Patrick Bartlein, University of Oregon: The Real Controls of the Temporal and Spatial Variations of Climate in the Pacific Northwest
    • March 11: Megan Walsh, Central Washington University: Combining paleoecology and archaeology: what interdisciplinary research can tell us about Holocene human-landscape interactions in the Pacific Northwest
    • March 25: Michelle Steen-Adams, Washington State University - Vancouver: The role of ethnohistory, traditional knowledge, and cultural fire regimes in first foods management: applications to Vaccinium membranaceum in the eastside Cascades.
      • A central challenge of returning human-adapted ecosystems to the Northwest lies in reinvigorating the social-ecological processes that historically maintained a community’s first foods. In this study we collaborated with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs to generate knowledge regarding restoration of forest resilience and first foods. Our analysis revealed a pronounced cultural fire regime in the moist mixed conifer zone, as structured by traditional knowledge regarding thinleaf huckleberry. Practices to promote huckleberry restoration include: maintenance of canopy openings, either through frequent application of low-severity fire or silvicultural treatments that approximate the cultural fire regime (site-scale application); management across ownerships and a broad spatial extent; and engagement of the holders of traditional knowledge.
    • April 8 (rescheduled from May 6): Michael Kauffmann:  The Klamath Mountains: A Natural History
      • Take a journey through the biotic and abiotic wonders that define the Klamath Mountains as one of the most unique mountain ranges in North America. Ecologist and author Michael Kauffmann will take us on a journey across the range based on the forthcoming book The Klamath Mountains: A Natural History. We will explore a variety of features that make the Klamath Mountains unique including climate, geology, water, fire, plants, and animals -- all of which, when taken together, define one of the most biodiverse temperate mountain ranges on Earth.
    • April 22: Connie Harrington, USDA Pacific Northwest Research Station: Climate Influences Range and Phenology of PNW shrubs.
      • How might the distribution and phenology of four native food-producing shrubs - thinleaf huckleberry, beaked hazelnut, Oregon grape, and salal - shift as climate changes?  Our models project substantial reductions in habitat suitability across the drier portions of the species’ current ranges. Phenology models indicate that flowering and fruit and nut ripening of fruits will occur several weeks sooner in the future. Management activities that could be helpful in ameliorating the effects of future climate change include monitoring effects in traditional harvesting areas, planting in new areas with predicted high future suitability, or reducing moisture stress by removing plants competing with desired species.
    • May 6 (rescheduled from April 8): Ken Lindke, California Department of Fish and Wildlife: The last glacier: a personal and scientific journey to document modern Trinity Alps glaciers during an unprecedented drought.
      • The last glacier in the Klamath Mountains is a symbol of the past, present, and future of the region. The glacier’s story weaves together climate change, geology, and water, providing the basis for a journey through this unique corner of Northern California and Southern Oregon. This study was published in Northwest Science in 2020: vol94, Issue 1: 44-61.
    • May 20: Monique Wynecoop, USDA Forest Service co-presenting with Melodi Wynne, Spokane Tribal Network: Food Sovereignty and Fire.
      • We will talk about past, present, and future natural resource projects and the ways in which fire and fuels management directly affects cultural and food sovereignty of area tribes.
  • 04 Mar 2021 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    Last updated 3/4/21

    The Northwest Scientific Association is recruiting volunteers to serve as Associate Editors and Forum Editor of Northwest Science. Associate Editors (AEs) for the journal Northwest Science play a vital role in the peer review and publishing process. The primary responsibility is to referee the peer review of scientific manuscripts that are submitted to the journal. This is largely accomplished through finding, contacting, and monitoring the progress of experts that are sufficiently qualified to judge the scientific merits of the work being presented for publication. In addition, AEs are often tasked with assessing the appropriateness of review responses and coordinating subsequent review, if necessary, of re-submitted manuscripts.

    Currently vacant Associate Editor positions:

    • Aquatic Biology
    • Entomology
    • Wildlife Ecology

    Basic qualifications of Associate Editors include:

    • Established record of scientific publications
    • Breadth of scientific knowledge
    • Good communication skills
    • Availability to coordinate review of up to two new manuscripts at once and at least five per year
    • Appreciation of the value and opportunity afforded by a regional journal.

    Interested individuals should contact Incoming Editor Jessica Halofsky.

  • 07 Oct 2020 1:21 AM | Anonymous

    Do you have an awesome picture of a Pacific Northwest landscape or science (in a variety of settings!) that you'd like to share for the NWSA website banner? Submit your photos here! If you do not have a Google account, you may also email your submission to Emily Wolfe with the subject line "NWSA Website Photo Submission."

    All aspects of science in the Pacific Northwest from landscapes to closeups (e.g. insect eyes, fish eggs, flowers, mineral crystals, etc.) from lab scenes to field work in the wild to science in the city are welcome! Selected submissions will be added to the rotating images for the website banner, but they may also be shared on NWSA social media accounts.

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