Spring 2019 Capstone Symposium: May 29

The Program on the Environment will host the Spring 2019 Capstone Symposium on Wednesday, May 29, in the Fishery Science Building.  All are welcome to attend and support students as they present on the culmination of their hard work over three quarters.

The Capstone Course Series is a highlight for many students, and serves to catapult some into their first jobs or event their dream careers.  Through internships, research, and social media training, students come out of the experience well equipped to communicate about the problem they sought to solve, and to tie their academic learning with specific research questions.

This event is open to the public, and we encourage students interested in learning about the Capstone, as well as members of the community, to join us.  There will be beverages and snacks served.  For those who can’t attend in person, please follow the event on Twitter #POEcap.

**Abstracts and additional information about each project can be found in here: Word/PDF.

Spring 2019 Symposium Schedule

Wednesday May 29

4:30PM – Opening remarks/housekeeping

Session A – Poster I: Agriculture & Food systems, Green Business & Sustainability, Natural Science & Conservation Policy & Regulation

4:40PM – 5:35PM

Maddy Carr – Greening Business: Systematic Ordering Strategies for Sustainable Purchasing

Isabella Castro – Enforcing Environmental Laws through Collaboration

Olivia Clark – Urban Forestry and Equity in the Puget Sound Region

Brenda Cueva – City Fruit Trees: Combating Food Insecurity

Brandy Do – Alaska Native Villages’ Solid Waste Burden and Its Ties to Environmental Injustice

Jon Akira Doyle – Lawn Care 101: Grassroots Mobilization and Political Polarization

Byambasuren Enkhee – Obstacles to Practicing Regenerative Agriculture

John Ericksen – The Keys to Improving Sustainable Choice’s Surveys

Erin Filley – Farmland Preservation in the U.S.: Public Perceptions and Communication Strategy

Jia Hui Huang – Find Out the Pacific Ocean Perch Species Early Growth Rate by Morphometric Analysis and Calculation

Sally Kamae – The Soundscape of Military Aircraft on the Olympic Peninsula

Eunice Lee – Sustainable Oil Production: Can It Be Done?

Winslow S. Lewis – Clearing the Air: Indoor Air Quality in Alaska Native Villages

Elijah Maesner – How Are College Athletics Saving the Environment?

Anna McKee – Raptor Rehabilitation Demographics: Human Impacts in Western Washington

Russell Monroe – Applying Environmental Discourse to Disaster Mitigation Strategies

Anneliese Smyth – Improving Sustainability Efforts in Universities across the United States: Developing Better Procurement Practices

Meghan Strom – How does Technology Impact our Connection with Nature?

Ariana Winkler – Barking Up the Wrong Trail: How Trail Users and their Dogs Impact Wildlife

Meghan Wirth – The Toxics Release Inventory: Mining in Region 10


Session B – Lightning Talks: Capstone, Here & Away

5:45PM – Introduction

Jane Green – Barriers to Composting Correctly: A Case Study of Seattle Schools

Alec Egurrola – Is Discovery Park Actually Public?

Kathleen Peterson – Promoting Alternative Transportation and Environmental Awareness to Encourage Sustainable Commuting Habits

Sam Kleinfinger – Ocean Acidification and Native Tribes: Sharing Stories from the Olympic Coast

Delgerzaya Delgerjargal – How to Protect Blue Whales from Ship Strikes

Rachel Fricke – A Bobber’s Perspective on Angler-Driven Vectors of Invasive Species Transmission

Tiara Adler – Coastal Resilience: Shoreline Management and Sea Level Rise in Andalucía and the Puget Sound

Nick Hanson – Water in Wolaita: GIS Evaluated as a Tool for Informed Decision Making in Sodo, Ethiopia

Jacob Huskey – Birds. Bags. Bioinspiration: What We Do with What We Know About Nature

Emily Menz – A New Approach for Valuing Biodiversity: Lessons from the Peruvian Amazon


Session C – Poster II: Education & Outreach

7:10PM – 8:00PM

Lauren Campbell – From Stock Health to Public Health – Revitalizing West Coast Groundfish with a Health-Focused Marketing Campaign

Gabriella Chilczuk – Three Strategies Towards Diversifying Climate Engagement

Victoria Choi – Are We Taking Full Advantage of our Sustainable Campus?

Saulyman Corr – Service-Learning and Teachers Goals, Can We Meet the Needs?

Eden Cypher – Collaboration is Key: Steps for Increasing Diversity within the Environmental Movement

David Dryburgh – Benefits of Spatial Data: Discovery Park and Accessible GIS Information

Erika Gersten – Putting the “Fiddle” In “Fiddleheads:” Music Education in an Outdoor Preschool

Truc Ho – Trash Free Water: How Community can be Involved in Policy Management and Scientific Research?

Rori Kirkpatrick – How to Teach and Engage the Local Community via Social Media- Supporting Local Agriculture

Pooja Kumar – Environmental Outreach and Community Engagement: What Does it Take to Spur Climate Action in King County?

Lorraine Lee – Evaluating Single-Time Environmental Outreach Program and Their Effects in Stem Education

Arendje Louter – Signs of the Times: How Technology Can Improve Environmental Awareness

Jessica Murphy – Climate Communications: How Can We Reach Goals More Effectively?

Gina Pak – Utilizing Technology for Interpretive Material in Urban Parks: Opportunities and Barriers

Ankush Puri – Protect Your Pipes: Flush Only Toilet Paper

Angelina Quilici – Knowledge Surrounding Salmon in the Lake Washington Watershed

Jenny Renee – What Considerations Are Essential in Developing an Effective Educational Program for Small, Isolated, Indigenous Communities in Alaska?

Madeline Schroeder – What Does It Take To Recycle A Box?

Elizabeth Watt – Watch Your Step: How Human Behavior Contributes To Loss of Forest Habitat

May Xie – Improving Volunteer Retention Rates

Yichen Yao – Healing Through Learning: The Effect of Gardening Courses


8:00pm – Event concludes. Students host an after-symposium celebration on the Fisheries Building lawn.