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

**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 (Poster PDF)

Jackelyn Briseno Arceo (Room #2) – Evolving Communication: How Environmental Outreach Must Change With Its Audience (Poster PDF)

Sammy Chu (Room #3) – Journey To The Center Of Nature: Children’s Connection To The Outdoors (Poster PDF)

Duke Clinch (Room #13) – Impacts Of Nitrogen Fixing Tree Incorporation In Cacao Agroforestry Systems (Poster PDF)

Conor Courtney (Room #4) – How News Organizations Can Increase Their Twitter Clout And Fight Climate Change (Poster PDF)

Emily Forsberg (Room #14) – Computer Technology’s Role In Localizing Food Systems (Poster PDF)

Jessica Garcia (Room #5) – Engaging Communities Through Online Tools In Green Infrastructure (Poster PDF)

Shawn Imamura (Room #19) – Green Gentrification: The Hidden Injustice Behind Greening Communities (Poster PDF)

Claire Kasinadhuni (Room #15) – Community Gardens And Resources – Completing The Loop (Poster PDF)

Diana Kawczynski (Room #6) – Visual Communication In The Amazon: Perspectives And Knowledge On Rainforest Degradation (Poster PDF)

Ashley Lee (Room #7) – Environmental Education: The Power Of Ribbiting Drawings (Poster PDF)

Stefan Mahler (Room #20) – How Urban Systems Shape Cities: Enhancing Public Life Through Green Stormwater Infrastructure (Poster PDF)

Emily Minkus (Room #8) – Differential Instruction In The Context Of Environmental Education (Poster PDF)

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

Alex Peck (Room #21) – Components Involved With A Successful Small-Scale Rural Water Supply System In Developing Communities (Poster PDF)

Bela Sanchez (Room #17) – Adding Animals To Ecosystems: The Case For Managed Livestock Grazing (Poster PDF)

Natalie Schwartz (Room #18) – Digging Deeper: Female Identity In Sustainable Agriculture (Poster PDF)

Ethan Sedgemore (Room #9) – Examination Of Western Washington Residents’ Behaviors, Perceptions, And Awareness Of Wildfire (Poster PDF)

Melinda Skipworth (Room #10) – Signage Science: What Makes A Sign Effective? (Poster PDF)

Kaelyn Thede (Room #11) – Placemaking In Preschools (Poster PDF)

Molly Thompson (Room #12) – Developing Interpersonal Skills Through Nature-Based Learning (Poster PDF)


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 (Poster PDF)

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

Kristina Foltz (Room #2) – Effective Transboundary Management In The Salish Sea: An Evaluation Of The Joint Statement Of Cooperation (Poster PDF)

Karly Lampard (Room #12) – A Step In The Right Direction: Urban Forest Restoration And Preventing Social Trails (Poster PDF)

Kerrianne McCarthy (Room #13) – How Scales Measure Up: A Look At Juvenile Salmon Scales As An Indicator Of Length & Growth (Poster PDF)

Perla G. Moran (Room #14) – 3 Ways To Restore, Maintain, And Improve Cities (Poster PDF)

Lauren Neroutsos (Room #3) – Communication Is Key: An Assessment Of Outreach And Communication To Aid Alaskan Tribes In Their Solid Waste Management Efforts (Poster PDF)

Avie Niece (Room #19) – Ways To Use College Athletics As A Platform For Sustainability (Poster PDF)

Ashton Pieris (Room #4) – Database Development For Tracking Regional Quality Assurance And Science (Poster PDF)

Jeremy Pilgrim-Stoppel (Room #20) – Incentives Could Be The Key To More Green Building (Poster PDF)

Felix Reinhold (Room #15) – The Unseen Effect Of Coastal Contamination (Poster PDF)

Sophia Romanelli (Room #5) – Tribal Climate Adaptation: Restructuring U.S. Government Support (Poster PDF)

Andrew B. Simpson (Room #6) – Invisible Chemical Danger In Child Care Facilities (Poster PDF)

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

Julie Tolmie (Room #7) – Changing Plans In A Changing Climate: Using Environmental Plans To Understand Tribal Climate Adaptation Priorities (Poster PDF)

Bacha Tovuudorj (Room #8) – Improving Collaboration In A Large Scale Forestation Project: Washington 20 Year Forest Plan (Poster PDF)

Sam Warkentin (Room #9) – How Can We Make Grant Funding Programs More Efficient? (Poster PDF)

Kera Zegar (Room #16) – Human Wildlife Conflict In The Peruvian Amazon (Poster PDF)

Alice Zheng (Room #17) – How To Learn Beluga Whales Communication Without Talking To Them (Poster PDF)

Cole Zwierzynski (Room #18) – How To Utilize Volunteer Resources In Large-Scale Research And Monitoring (Poster PDF)


6:30 PM Closing