Four adult humans sit on a stage dressed in business attire in front of a Microsoft backdrop.

Local Tech Giants & Climate Leadership

 
SMEA Director and Stan and Alta Barer Professor in Sustainability Science, Nives Dolsak co-authored a piece for Forbes alongside Aseem Prakash, the Walker Family Professor and the Director of the Center for Environmental Politics here at the University of Washington. According to Dolsak and Prakash, Microsoft has set ambitious targets, which if reached, would mean the company might become “Carbon Negative”. 

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A small dive boat pulls up to a sandy beach in Palau. There are about 6 people on the dive boat, and one person standing on the beach.

Working Group Supports Palau to Create Marine Protected Area

SMEA Faculty member Dr. Patrick Christie participated, as one of two social scientists, in a diverse working group organized by the Palaua International Coral Reef Center and Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions. His role was to provide guidance, drawing from his extensive work in other contexts, on the human dimensions of marine protected area (MPA) planning, program monitoring and evaluation, and public engagement—all elements that determine the success of any MPA. 

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Turn Holiday Shopping Green By Gifting Tree Certificates Instead Of More ‘Stuff’

 
SMEA Professor and Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article for Forbes encouraging consumers to rethink their usual gift giving this holiday season and consider giving back to nature. Rampant consumerism contributes to overconsumption which shows up in groundwater depletion, deforestation, and river and ocean pollution. People should buy less, but buying less is not enough, according to Dolšak and Prakash “We should also buy right, especially when buying is geared towards gift giving. 

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SMEA student Stephanie Wolek is crouched in clear, shallow water alongside a rocky coastline. Boulders of various sizes are spread along the shore.

Q&A with Stephanie Wolek

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I actually came across the program by chance. I was looking at the University of Washington’s degree programs and saw “Marine Affairs”. I wasn’t totally sure what it was, but it piqued my interest. I ended up spending hours on the website and realized that this was the right program for me. 

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Q&A with Brittany Hoedemaker

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
Honestly? I didn’t. I pursued SMEA, and that pursuit will result in an MMA!
Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school?

I was working a corporate job and in many ways, really enjoyed it. But at the end of each day I felt unfulfilled, and knew I ultimately wanted my job to be more mission/impact driven. 

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Q & A with Taiki Ogawa

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
My future goal is to promote the sustainable use of fisheries resources. After majoring in fish population dynamics at the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute of the University, I worked in the Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) as a fisheries management officer both domestically and internationally. I participated in many bilateral and multilateral fisheries negotiations as a member of the Japanese delegation. 

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Sustainable Use, Biodiversity and Climate Change – What is Success When the Goalposts Keep Moving?

On Tuesday, October 22 the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the Quaternary Research Center welcomed Dr. Jake Rice, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, who gave a talk titled “Sustainable Use, Biodiversity and Climate Change – What is Success When the Goalposts Keep Moving?”
Keeping uses of natural resources sustainable has not been simple, especially in the ocean where governance has always been more complex than on land. 

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Towards a sustainable and equitable blue economy

Congratulations to former SMEA Postdoc Nathan Bennett, Professor Patrick Christie, and their collaborators on the recent paper that came out in Nature Sustainability titled “Towards a sustainable and equitable blue economy.” The paper discusses the concern over the state of the world’s oceans. The economic potential of the oceans is expected to double from US$1.5 trillion in 2010 to US$3 trillion by 2030. 

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Q & A with Jessica O’Toole

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I graduated college with a degree in Marine Biology and had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I spent some time working at an aquarium after that and learned more about the human side of the field and our impacts on the ocean. During my time there I got really interested in conservation and realized how political it can be. 

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Fish Micronutrients ‘slipping through the hands’ of malnourished people

Millions of people are suffering from malnutrition despite some of the most nutritious fish species in the world being caught near their homes, according to new research published Sept. 25 in Nature. This research, led by an international team including the University of Washington, suggests enough nutrients are already being fished out of the oceans to substantially reduce malnutrition and, at a time when the world is being asked to think more carefully about where and how we produce our food, fishing more may not be the answer.  

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