P-GraSC Quarterly Events

Throughout the year, the PCC graduate community hosts a mid-week Graduate Student Seminar (GSS) where students share their expertise on climate science in a fun, relaxed, yet “seriously” academic environment. Talks are designed to educate non-experts while exposing other graduate students to the questions and research at the forefront of climate science. This is a great opportunity to practice communicating your work. If you would like to get involved and give a talk, please email Tyler Cox (tylersc@uw.edu) for 2019-2020.

They also host the Schooner Series (local Climate Science on Tap events) where the goal is to “serve up big topics in pint-sized packages with a fun, informative, conversation over a brew”. If you would like to learn more please email pgrasc_public_engagement@uw.edu.


Spring 2021

Climate on Tap

More info coming soon!

Spring Symposium

The annual Spring Symposium is a one day, informal conference where the PCC community has an opportunity to present their work to other UW PCC members. This event has been an important way PCC has fostered interdisciplinary connections across the UW climate community. More info coming soon!

Winter 2021

Trivia Night

Friday, February 5, 2021 at 5:30 pm, Virtual

The PCC hosted a Trivia Night, open to the UW members, friends, and family, complete with prizes!

Fall 2020

Graduate Climate Conference

Oct 30-Nov 1, 2020, Virtual

2020 marked the 14th annual Graduate Climate Conference (GCC), an interdisciplinary climate conference that provides a forum for graduate students of all disciplines to present relevant research and share ideas on climate and climate change from a multitude of perspectives. Read more about it here.


Spring 2020

See PCC Seminars page.

Winter 2020

Graduate Student Seminar

Thursday, March 5 at 5pm in ATG 610

Sam Brenner (Oceanography) on the role of sea ice in air-sea coupling, and how that is changing in a changing Arctic & Lila Westreich (SEFS) on the foraging behavior of native bees in Western Washington.

Schooner Series

Climate Adaptation and Justice

Thursday April 2, 2020 at 7pm, at the Blue Moon Tavern, 712 NE 45th St
Seattle, WA 98105. Postponed

Fall 2019

Graduate Student Seminar

Thursday, November 14th at 5pm in ATG 610.

The 2019 Graduate Climate Conference (GCC), which is held every year and hosted either by MIT or the University of Washington, provides a forum for graduate students to discuss what can be done and what’s at stake as graduate students studying climate. Greta Shum will give a summary of the conference and present questions posed by the community after attending the conference this year.
Aji John will be discussing his research on the use of in-situ instrumentation and remote sensing to study the long-term impacts of climate change at Mt. Rainier. 

Schooner Series

Hitting Home – Climate Change Impacts in the PNW

Tuesday December 3rd, 2019 at 7pm, at the Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.  This venue is family and pet friendly.

While we should all care about the global impacts of climate change, it is difficult not to want to focus in on impacts that we can expect to see in our own backyard. This upcoming Climate Science on Tap: Schooner Series event hits close to home in examining projected climate changes in the Pacific Northwest. We will examine implications to our hydrological cycle with a changing snowpack. We will talk about stresses on our marine food web, particularly everyone’s favorites, salmon and orcas. We will also seriously consider the shrinking habitat for Cascadia’s ever elusive sasquatch. As always, we’re here to tackle big topics in pint-sized packages with fun, informative, conversation over a brew or two. We hope you join us!


  • Oriana Chegwidden, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Megan Feddern, School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences
  • Katie Breen, School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences


Spring 2019

April 16th from 5-6 PM in ATG 610. Robbie Emmet on “Developing a monitoring framework for wolverines in the Cascades.” Robbie is a graduate student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM) program and a research fellow at the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Winter 2019

Tuesday March 12, 2019 in ATG 610 at 5 PM.  Jon Witt, a chemical engineer in the Clean Energy Institute, will be giving a presentation about development of carbon neutral fuel through co-electrolysis.

(this was cancelled due to weather) The first GSS of winter quarter is TUESDAY, 2/12 from 5-6 PM in ATG 610.  Three graduate fellows from the Department of the Interior Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center at UW will present their current research.

Contact Kelly Carpenter kcarp@uw.edu

Fall 2018

TUESDAY, 10/9 from 5-6 PM in ATG 406 the PCC will host this year’s first Graduate Student Seminar (GSS). Mark your calendars and come on by to meet your new and old PCC buddies!

This year we welcome six new members to the PCC Graduate Student Steering Committee (P-GraSC)! On Tuesday’s GSS, we’ll hear from our new P-GraSC members to introduce them and get a flavor for the breadth of research they participate in. They will each make a 5 min. presentation to leave plenty of time for questions and transitions (refreshments!).


Spring 2018

GSS will take place from 5:30-6:30 PM on the following dates:

  • 4/17 Hillary Scannell & Leah Johnson on the NYT marine policy contest
  • 5/1 Rebeca de Buen Kalman on how transportation policy affects bike usage in Mexico City
  • 5/15 Stephanie Rushley on her interdisciplinary PCC fellowship work relating corals and the MJO
  • 5/29 Ben Miller on hydropower in the Mekong River system

ATG 610 is reserved for each date, although we might update that to add a little geographic diversity.


The last Graduate Student Seminar (GSS) of the 2016-2017 academic year was held on May 23. Some of our new PCC Graduate Student Steering Committee (P-GraSC) members gave one slide, five-minute presentations on their research/interests over pizza, snacks, and beverages.

Grant Williamson from the Molecular Engineering Department spoke about new battery technologies under research at the Clean Energy Institute and why we should care about batteries in general.

“Postcards from the Arctic” with Oceanography grad student, Sarah Dewey, and Coast Guard Lieutenant, Caroline Bell, sharing their stories about research in the Arctic.

Jake Steinberg (Oceanography) on the prevalence and importance of oceanic subsurface-intensified eddies. How do we observe these eddies and understand their role in the advection of heat and salt (among other interesting tracers).

Michael Diamond (Atmospheric Sciences)
“Small particles, large impact: Why do we care about aerosols?”

Hillary Scannell (Oceanography)
“Marine Heatwaves: emerging climate phenomena not just in your own backyard”


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