MES News & Updates

Full of Dirt: Undertaking an Over-the-Top Master's Thesis Project is Anything but Easy

View of the Yakima River and farm lands with a cloudy sky.

Since the inception of my master’s thesis many people have told me that it “embodies the MES interdisciplinary approach”.  At first, I filled with pride when someone gave me this compliment; something I dreamt up represented the MES synthesis of qualitative and quantitative analysis.  Almost two years later, with 17 trips to Yakima, endless hours of transcribing interviews by hand, smearing wet mud into foil-laden bowls, sieving hard-packed aggregates with brute force through a 2 mm sieve, packing 2 milligrams of soil (which is way smaller than you think) into teeny tiny tin vessels, pullin

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Fungi, Microsites, and Forbes: My Second Year in the MES Program

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Hi, I’m John, lover of the natural world – especially fungi. Here is the story of my second year in the MES program, enjoy!

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A Bee-utiful Learning Opportunity with Evergreen Graduate Students

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In the Masters of Public Administration Program, students must complete a capstone project, the final degree requirement. For her project, MPA graduate student, Annie Pocklington, decided to collaborate with Quasar Surprise, MES 2017, who teaches urban agriculture at Avanti High School, to introduce high school students to beekeeping. Their club had a great deal of community support and educated students about the importance of bees in the environment while teaching them unique and fun beekeeping skills.

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Scanning Electron Microscopy, Sea Stars & Viruses

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This last year, my thesis research has explored the possibility of developing a method that could successfully implement Scanning Electron Microscopy to identify sea star-associated densoviurs in purple-orange ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) infected with sea star wasting disease. The impetus for this research is to create a method that is both cost-effective and accessible for researchers with limited access to funding resources.  This would allow greater accessibility for potential contributions to sea star wasting disease literature.

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Spring 2018 Thesis Presentations

 

Tuesday, May 22, 4-6 pm, Purce Lecture Hall 3

 

4:00    Kyle McCormick, “Fish assemblages in Zostera Marina” (John Withey)

 

4:20    Tyler Goodman, “Understanding amphibian behavior: Diel cover use patterns in alpine lakes with and without salmonids” (John Withey)

 

4:40    Tara Newman, “Changes in water-associated bird abundance on Capitol Lake and Budd Inlet from 1987 to 2017” (John Withey)

 

5:00    BREAK

 

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