February 12, 2020
Location: 112 Wurster Hall
Julie Beagle is SFEI’s Deputy Program Director of the Resilient Landscapes Program, and a lead scientist for the organization’s climate adaptation efforts. Her work focuses on adaptation to sea level rise using nature-based strategies, and integrating science and policy to provide short and long-term adaptation pathways for use in planning processes. She developed the Operational Landscape Unit project as a way to facilitate integrated regional shoreline adaptation strategies. She is also focused on piloting new shoreline infrastructure adaptation strategies. She has led multiple projects and focus areas at SFEI, including restoration work in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, and advancing the science of riparian habitats, including Sycamore Alluvial Woodlands.
Julie joined SFEI in 2010 as a geomorphologist, with a focus on fluvial and tidal geomorphic processes in the San Francisco Bay Delta watershed. Previously, Julie worked at the California Land Stewardship Institute and served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in agroforestry in West Africa. She has a bachelor of arts in history and environmental science from the Barnard College of Columbia University, and a Master of Landscape Architecture with an emphasis in environmental planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
February 26, 2020
Location: 112 Wurster Hall
Ecological Planting Revolution: Can Landscape Architecture Meet the Needs of a World in Crisis?
In the era of climate change and species extinction, the need for functional ecological planting in cities has never been greater. Yet the profession best poised to deliver those solutions—landscape architecture—possesses a profound illiteracy when it comes to plants, vegetative systems, and ecological land management. If the promise of green cities cannot be delivered without plant systems, this prompts the question: should ecological planting design be a separate profession from landscape architecture? Or can a renewed focus on ecological plant systems rejuvenate landscape architecture?
Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect, teacher, and author living in Washington, D.C. Thomas is a leading voice in ecological landscape design and has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and Architectural Digest. He is a celebrated public speaker who has garnered acclaim for his passionate presentations to audiences across the U.S. and in Europe. Thomas serves as a Principal for the landscape architectural and consulting firm Phyto Studio, teaches planting design for George Washington University, and recently co-authored the award-winning book Planting in a Post-Wild World with Claudia West.