The WSU Extension, Island County HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER provides Island County residents with educational opportunities through the WSU Distance Learning Program.

Upcoming Classes and Seminars

These distance learning classes and seminars are free and open to the public.  If you would like to participate in one of the listed events, come in to the WSU Extension office at 406 N. Main Street in Coupeville  approximately 15 minutes before it is scheduled to begin.


February 5, 12-1 PM

“The Acarine Bermuda Triangle: Mites, Resistance, and Non-Target Effects”

 Betsy Beers, Washington State University – Wenatchee


February 5, 4:10 -5PM

 “Evolution of inducible chemical defense during the biological invasion of Burr Clover into North America” Plant Pathology Seminar Series

Dr. Chandra Jack, Research Associate with Dr. Maren Friesen WSU Plant Pathology, Pullman


February 5, 4:10 -5PM

“A novel pathovar of Pseudomonas syringae causing unique symptoms on cucurbit fruit in the Skagit Valley, WA”

Dr. Lydia Tymon, Research Associate with Dr. Debra Inglis WSU Mount Vernon  


February 5, 1:10-2 PM

“The Long and Winding Road”

Dr. Joan Davenport, Professor of Soil Science, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, WSU

February 12, 12-1 PM

“Integrating Mutualism, Facilitation, and Vector Biology into Food Web Ecology: Insights from Forest Caterpillars and Pea Aphids”

Rob Clark, Postdoc in Crowder’s Lab, Washington State University 


February 12, 1:10-2 PM

“Fate of Aminopyralid, Clopyralid and Dicamba in Cold Soils”

Dr. Steven Seefeldt, Assistant Research Faculty, WSU Mount Vernon NW Washington Research and Extension Center

February 12, 1:10-2 PM

“Compassion: The Joy of Science”

Dr. Jason Streubel, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, WSU

February 26, 11 AM – noon


 Claudio Gratton, Department of Entomology, University of Wisconsin


 February 26, 1:10-2 PM

Student Presentations

March 5, 12-1 PM


Student Choice Speaker: Jose Sierra, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala City


March 5, 1:10-2 PM

“Roots of the Second Green Revolution” 

Dr. Jonathan Lynch, University Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Science, The Pennsylvania State University (Student Choice Speaker)

March 21, 12-1 PM

“An Evaluation of hygienic behavior and flight performance comparing different strains of honey bees”

Megan Asche, MS student 


March 26, 12-1 PM

” Behavior and integrated pest management of Drosophilia Suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in central Washington sweet cherry”

Alix Whitener, PhD student 

April 9 , 12-1 PM

“Ecosystem processes in the age of antibiotics”

 Michael Strickland, Department of Soil and Water Systems, University of Idaho


April 19, 11 AM-noon


Rufus Isaacs, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University


April 23 12-1 PM


 Ginger Carney, Dean of College of Science and Department of Biology, University of Idaho