Ocean Nexus Center Virtual Open House

Nature and Health Spring Talks: Health Equity & Nature

On Wednesday, April 28, Nature and Health is hosting two presentations about the intersection of health equity and nature in the context of structural racism, #BlackLivesMatter and COVID-19. We invite you to learn more about these important talks and register for them below.

10 AM: The Health of the Country Depends Upon the Health of Negroes: Nature of Pandemics and Protests in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Presented by Jennifer D. Roberts, assistant professor, department of kinesiology, School of Public Health at the University of Maryland College Park. In 1906, W. E. Burghardt DuBois said, “The health of the whole country depends in no little degree upon the health of Negroes,” in an effort to discredit theories of biological racial inferiority and perpetuate an understanding that African American health was “largely due to the condition of living, rather than to marked racial weaknesses.”

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12 PM: Racial Hierarchy, Race Narrative and the Institutions that Sustain Them

Presented by Gail C. Christopher, retired senior advisor and vice president at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), where she was the driving force behind the America Healing initiative and the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation effort. She will speak on achieving equity through getting rid of the fallacy people have in the belief in the hierarchy of human value and on the modern structures of racial healing as outlined in the TRHT model.

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Future Rivers Spring Speaker Series

Missed an EarthLab event? There’s a video for that

We had a lot of fun this quarter planning and sharing our events with you. From learning about about Indigenous knowledge in museums to understanding how a community led organization and UW co-created research on health disparities to discussing how the 2020 Latinx vote may impact climate change policy, we aimed to showcase a variety of voices and thought-provoking topics at the intersection of the environment and justice.

If you weren’t able to attend one of our events this quarter, you still have an opportunity to “attend” by watching one of our recordings. We’ve also included a few must-see events from our member organizations. 

EarthLab 202 Autumn Quarter Events

Creating a Tool for Change: How UW Researchers and Community Partners Co-Produced the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map | Lunch and Learn Series | October 13, 2020 | Presented by Esther Min and Deric Gruen

How We Present Native Knowledge is Environmental Justice: A Case for Indigenous Storytelling in Museums | EarthLab Salon Series | December 1, 2020 | Presented by Racquel West and Owen Oliver

Public lands in public hands: innovations in outdoor recreation science and stewardship | Nature and Health Speaks Series | December 2, 2020 | Presented by Nature and Health

From Cliffs to Coasts: Stories of Building Climate Resilience | CIG 25th Anniversary Series | December 3, 2020 | Presented by Climate Impacts Group

Ocean Memory for Changing Times | Lunch and Learn Series | December 9, 2020 | Presented by Jody Deming and Daniel Kohn

Latino Vote in 2020 Elections: Implication for Climate Policy | Environmental Conversations Series | December 10, 2020 | Presented by Gary Segura

Indigenous Speaker Series | Monthly | Presented by the Northwest Indian College-Nez Perce 

Want to collaborate on a future event? Please email us at earthlab@uw.edu.

Future Rivers Graduate Trainee Program Information Session

Future Rivers is a National Science Foundation Research Traineeship graduate program that prepares students to be fluent in 21st century data science approaches and to understand interactions among and within food, water, and energy sectors in order to advance environmental sustainability.

Program Director Dr. Gordon Holtgrieve and Program Manager Athena Bertolino will present details on the Future Rivers program and answer questions. The team invites any interested students, faculty, or advisors to join them virtually. The online session will be recorded and distributed to registrants who are unable to attend live.

When: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Register Here

The application for 2021/22 will open in November, with acceptance and funding decisions made in early 2021. Applications are open to both Masters and PhD – prospective or current – University of Washington students in any graduate degree program on campus.


Slipping Through the Cracks: Racism and the struggle for equity in the field of conservation

Thank you for joining us and listening to our panelists discuss their experiences as members of the BIPOC community and co-conspirators working in and around the field of conservation.

This event explored how racism and other issues of social injustice are connected to climate injustice and work against the goals of conservation.



Chris Schell

Assistant Professor at University of Washington, Tacoma

Chris Schell is an urban ecologist whose research integrates evolutionary theory with ecological application to disentangle the processes accentuating human-carnivore conflict. Specifically, Chris’ interests lie in understanding the endocrine mechanisms that underpin carnivore behavior, as well as explicitly examining the anthropogenic drivers (i.e. human densities, roadways, pollution, interactions) that select for bold, habituated, and less fearful individuals in metropolitan areas.


Ursula Valdez

Lecturer at University of Washington, Bothell

Ursula is a Lecturer at the University of Washington, Bothell. Her teaching is focused on the theory and application of topics in ecology (tropical and temperate systems), conservation, ornithology, natural history, human connections with the environment and field biology. In her courses, she provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the processes and mechanisms that explain the interactions of species with their environments and other species, including the critical role that humans have on them.


Aaron Soto-Karlin

Anthropologist & Filmmaker

Aaron is an anthropologist, filmmaker and innovation consultant who has documented the effects of deforestation on indigenous populations in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama and Brazil. He spent 10 years following the design and roll-out of California’s forest carbon cooperation program with Mexico and Brazil, where he alternated between roles as a researcher, union representative and storyteller. He’s proud to have supported the formation of an international movement to include local and indigenous communities in the management of protected areas and ownership of carbon credit programs. A Fulbright fellowship to examine pharmaceutical bioprospecting in Chiapas sparked his participation in the environmental justice movement.


LaTashia Treise

Senior Program Manager at Seattle Works

LaTashia has over 10 years of experience working with non-profits and individuals of various ages, socio-economic status, and cultural backgrounds. LaTashia grew up in a rural town in Iowa where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Buena Vista University in Psychology, Human Services, and a minor in sociology. After graduating, she worked at a local youth shelter working with families and teens teaching behavioral health skills. LaTashia also taught Zumba, performed in theater shows, and volunteered in the community including clean up, community events, and mentoring at-risk youth.


Cassie Whitebread

Program Manager at Seattle Works

Cassie is an east coast native with experience working in education and the non-profit sector. She’s channeled her inner Bill Nye (minus the bowtie) as a middle school science teacher in Philadelphia, PA, run a volunteer training program on community composting and taught outdoor environmental education to youth ages 6-15. Cassie holds a B.A. in Human Services with minors in Wildlife Conservation and Urban Education from the University of Delaware and a M.S. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania.


Jasmmine Ramgotra

Founder of Culture Shift & Student at University of Washington

Jasmmine is a performer, choreographer, visual artist, student and social change agent who believes in making change through art. She is the founder of Culture Shift, a group that seeks to make art accessible to everyone and to expand our knowledge through new forms of expression. She is studying Environmental Studies at the University of Washington in order to focus on people, the economy and social justice in addition to environmental science.

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Webinar: Opportunities for UW research & collaboration in corporate climate commitments


Over the past year, the corporate sector has become a bright spot in the fight against climate change, setting increasingly ambitious goals. The movement couldn’t come too soon as a January 2020 report from McKinsey reveals the physical and socioeconomic effects of climate change on individuals and communities.

Companies from a variety of industries across the world, including local leaders such as MicrosoftCostco and Starbucks, have stepped forward with an unprecedented level of commitment to voluntarily mitigate their own contributions to climate change and to make investments helping communities adapt to climate impacts.

EarthLab Distinguished Fellow Josh Henretig will present his findings on the scope and impact of corporate climate commitments, what companies are committing to actually do, and what these commitments may mean for applied research and other collaboration at the University of Washington.


Where: Online – RSVP to receive the Zoom link

When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm PST


The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264 (FAX), or e-mail at dso@u.washington.edu


Climate Jam: Exploring solutions for a rapidly changing world

EarthLab is a proud co-supporter of Climate Jam, a virtual event that brings game developers and creators together from around the world to take action and raise solutions.

Currently, it is more important than ever to think about people, nature, and resilience in the face of global crises. This event will give gamers and creators a platform to explore how new and different kinds of relationships between people and nature might build the resilience needed for a rapidly changing world.

When: April 18 – 22, 2020

Sign-ups are now open!

Join Climate Jam

This event is presented by IndieCade in collaboration with Games for Our Future.

Webinar: Health and Nature During Covid-19

Over the past few years, Nature and Health’s coalition of scientists and practitioners has been exploring the nexus of nature and health. While based in the Seattle area, this lively group includes people and organizations active across the nation, indeed the planet. The Nature and Health group seeks to understand the connections between nature and human health and well-being.

What does this mean for health and nature during Covid-19? Find out during Nature and Health’s webinar as they explore this question.

When: March 24, 2020 | 12:00 PM PST

Where: Online – please RSVP and you will be provided a link to the presentation.

In this webinar, you will join health and nature experts, and the session will include time for Q&A. The discussion will focus on the connections between nature and human health during Covid-19.

POSTPONED: Voices Unbound art exhibition opening soon

We are closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Out of an abundance of concern for the health of our community, we have decided to postpone our Voices Unbound event that was scheduled for March 14 and 15. We thank you for your interest and support and hope to reschedule in the future.

As one of EarthLab’s 2019-2020 Innovation Grant grantees, the Voices Unbound project will be opening an eco-gallery to showcase their work!

The Voices Unbound project asked people throughout Pierce County to document environmental challenges that are impacting them and their community by using enviro-postcards. These enviro-postcards were distributed to communities and asked:

What environmental challenges are most important to you? 

How are you coping with or surviving these challenges?

From this, the gallery will showcase 1,000 south sound perspectives on our most important environmental challenges.


Voices Unbound: An Art Exhibition

When: POSTPONED until further notice

-Opening night: March 14 at 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. TBD

-Open house: March 15 at 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. TBD

Where: Fern and Foster Family Wellness, 1402 S 11th St. Tacoma, WA 98405

For more information, please visit the Voices Unbound webpage or contact voicesunbounduwt@gmail.com