Spring 2020 Capstone Symposium: May 27

The Program on the Environment will host the Spring 2020 Capstone Symposium on Wednesday, May 27, online.  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. Please also follow the event on Twitter #POEcap.

**Event program can be found here: PDF. Video presentations can be found here: Playlist

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

Spring 2020 Symposium Schedule

Wednesday May 27

4:30 PM – 4:40 PM Welcome & Overview


4:40 PM – 4:45 PM Session I Intro

4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Poster Session I – Education & Outreach, Food Systems, Planning & Justice

Pranav Bhardwaj (Room #1) – Technology As Science Communication Tool To Benefit Environmental Education. Site Partner: Stillwaters Environmental Center (Poster PDF) (Video)

Jackelyn Briseno Arceo (Room #2) – Evolving Communication: How Environmental Outreach Must Change With Its Audience. Site Partner: Sustainable Ballard (Poster PDF) (Video)

Sammy Chu (Room #3) – Journey To The Center Of Nature: Children’s Connection To The Outdoors. Site Partner: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center (Poster PDF) (Video)

Duke Clinch (Room #13) – Impacts Of Nitrogen Fixing Tree Incorporation In Cacao Agroforestry Systems. Site Partner: Hoja Nueva (Poster PDF) (Video)

Conor Courtney (Room #4) – How News Organizations Can Increase Their Twitter Clout And Fight Climate Change. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Poster PDF) (Video)

Emily Forsberg (Room #14) – Computer Technology’s Role In Localizing Food Systems. Site Partner: Barn2Door (Poster PDF) (Video)

Jessica Garcia (Room #5) – Engaging Communities Through Online Tools In Green Infrastructure. Site Partner: Stewardship Partners (Poster PDF) (Video)

Shawn Imamura (Room #19) – Green Gentrification: The Hidden Injustice Behind Greening Communities. Site Partner: Green Seattle Partnership (Poster PDF) (Video)

Claire Kasinadhuni (Room #15) – Community Gardens And Resources – Completing The Loop. Site Partner: Resource Recovery, King County Wastewater Treatment Division (Poster PDF) (Video)

Diana Kawczynski (Room #6) – Visual Communication In The Amazon: Perspectives And Knowledge On Rainforest Degradation. Site Partner: Hoja Nueva (Poster PDF) (Video)

Ashley Lee (Room #7) – Environmental Education: The Power Of Ribbiting Drawings. Site Partner: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center (Poster PDF) (Video)

Stefan Mahler (Room #20) – How Urban Systems Shape Cities: Enhancing Public Life Through Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Site Partner: Board & Vellum (Poster PDF) (Video)

Emily Minkus (Room #8) – Differential Instruction In The Context Of Environmental Education. Site Partner: Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center (Poster PDF) (Video)

Chrina Munn (Room #16) – Bring The Ocean To The Country: How Kelp Amendments On Grasslands Can Sequester Carbon. Site Partner: Skyroot Farm (Poster PDF) (Video)

Alex Peck (Room #21) – Components Involved With A Successful Small-Scale Rural Water Supply System In Developing Communities. Site Partner: Connect-3 (Poster PDF) (Video)

Bela Sanchez (Room #17) – Adding Animals To Ecosystems: The Case For Managed Livestock Grazing. Site Partner: SkyRoot Farm (Poster PDF) (Video)

Natalie Schwartz (Room #18) – Digging Deeper: Female Identity In Sustainable Agriculture. Site Partner: Clark Fork Organics (Poster PDF) (Video)

Ethan Sedgemore (Room #9) – Examination Of Western Washington Residents’ Behaviors, Perceptions, And Awareness Of Wildfire. Site Partner: Washington State Department of Natural Resources (Poster PDF) (Video)

Melinda Skipworth (Room #10) – Signage Science: What Makes A Sign Effective? Site Partner: Cedar Grove (Poster PDF) (Video)

Kaelyn Thede (Room #11) – Placemaking In Preschools. Site Partner: Fiddleheads Forest School (Poster PDF) (Video)

Molly Thompson (Room #12) – Developing Interpersonal Skills Through Nature-Based Learning. Site Partner: Wildflowers Preschool (Poster PDF) (Video)


5:30 PM – 5:40 PM BREAK


5:40 PM – 5:45 PM Session II Intro

5:45 PM – 6:30 PM Poster Session II – Policy & Regulation, Science & Restoration, Sustainability & Business

Fiona Cromarty (Room #11) – Linking Salmon And Human Health: Communicating The Services Of Habitat Restoration. Site Partner: Coast Salmon Partnership (Poster PDF) (Video)

Regina Durst (Room #1) – Clearing Muddy Waters: Investigating The Viability Of Market-Based Instruments As A Tool For Water Quality Improvement. Site Partner: American Farmland Trust (Poster PDF) (Video)

Kristina Foltz (Room #2) – Effective Transboundary Management In The Salish Sea: An Evaluation Of The Joint Statement Of Cooperation. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Poster PDF) (Video)

Karly Lampard (Room #12) – A Step In The Right Direction: Urban Forest Restoration And Preventing Social Trails. Site Partner: Friends of Lincoln Park (Poster PDF) (Video)

Kerrianne McCarthy (Room #13) – How Scales Measure Up: A Look At Juvenile Salmon Scales As An Indicator Of Length & Growth. Site Partner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Poster PDF) (Video)

Perla G. Moran (Room #14) – 3 Ways To Restore, Maintain, And Improve Cities. Site Partner: Green Seattle Partnership (Poster PDF) (Video)

Lauren Neroutsos (Room #3) – Communication Is Key: An Assessment Of Outreach And Communication To Aid Alaskan Tribes In Their Solid Waste Management Efforts. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Poster PDF) (Video)

Avie Niece (Room #19) – Ways To Use College Athletics As A Platform For Sustainability. Site Partner: University of Washington (Poster PDF) (Video)

Ashton Pieris (Room #4) – Database Development For Tracking Regional Quality Assurance And Science. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Poster PDF) (Video)

Jeremy Pilgrim-Stoppel (Room #20) – Incentives Could Be The Key To More Green Building. Site Partner: Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Green Home Tour Organizer (Poster PDF) (Video)

Felix Reinhold (Room #15) – The Unseen Effect Of Coastal Contamination. Site Partner: Umvoto Africa (Poster PDF) (Video)

Sophia Romanelli (Room #5) – Tribal Climate Adaptation: Restructuring U.S. Government Support. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Poster PDF) (Video)

Andrew B. Simpson (Room #6) – Invisible Chemical Danger In Child Care Facilities. Site Partner: CDC, ATSDR, CSPECE (Poster PDF) (Video)

James Stein (Room #21) – Showing Big Business That On-Site Waste Management Isn’t A Waste Of Time. Site Partner: Engh Group

Julie Tolmie (Room #7) – Changing Plans In A Changing Climate: Using Environmental Plans To Understand Tribal Climate Adaptation Priorities. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 (Poster PDF) (Video)

Bacha Tovuudorj (Room #8) – Improving Collaboration In A Large Scale Forestation Project: Washington 20 Year Forest Plan. Site Partner: Washington Department of Natural Resources (Poster PDF) (Video)

Sam Warkentin (Room #9) – How Can We Make Grant Funding Programs More Efficient. Site Partner: United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 10 (Poster PDF) (Video)

Kera Zegar (Room #16) – Human Wildlife Conflict In The Peruvian Amazon. Site Partner: Hoja Nueva (Poster PDF) (Video)

Alice Zheng (Room #17) – How To Learn Beluga Whales Communication Without Talking To Them. Site Partner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (Poster PDF) (Video)

Cole Zwierzynski (Room #18) – How To Utilize Volunteer Resources In Large-Scale Research And Monitoring. Site Partner: University of Washington (Poster PDF) (Video)


6:30 PM Closing