SMEA 1st year student Jessica Hernandez was selected as a UW Graduate School Latino/a Scholars Graduate School Fellowship (LSGSF) recipient for the 2015-16 academic year. Jessica has been recognized for her academic research, work, and/or service demonstrating her strong commitment to Latino/a communities.
Administered by the UW Graduate School Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP), LSGSF awardees become part of the GO-MAP Graduate Diversity Fellows cohort and are invited to participate in GO-MAP programming and events throughout their graduate studies at the UW.
How did you decide to become a professor?
I decided to become a professor when I was an undergraduate student. Since my sophomore year, I was a teaching assistant first for micro economics and then for business statistics. Those years combining the learning and teaching were intellectually most invigorating. I knew I wanted a profession that would enable me to keep doing both.
What led you to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
Through my study and research at school, I realized the gap between scientific research and policy making. Most policy makers in marine conservation in China are biologists who are more concerned about natural efficiency rather than focusing on the interaction between ecosystem and human beings. I am curious about how to bridge the gap and would like to take a new perspective to look at the marine system.
SMEA rising 2nd year student, Hilary Polis, presented her research at the Offshore Renewable Energy and the Public session of the Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference in Exeter, UK on September 3rd and her presentation, titled “Measuring willingness to pay for tidal energy research and development: A study of households in the Puget Sound,” was judged as the leading paper presented by graduate student on a coastal or marine topic.Read more
Congratulations to Nives Dolsak on her recent promotion from Associate Professor to Professor! We are also pleased to announce Professor Dolsak will join SMEA on a full-time basis this autumn quarter. Previously Professor Dolsak taught at both the Seattle and Bothell UW campuses. She has been recognized time and again for her outstanding teaching, most recently winning the Outstanding Teaching Faculty award from the College of the Environment, University of Washington in 2013.Read more
Assistant Professor Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins will soon be embarking on an exciting new venture at Arizona State University. Professor Jenkins began as a Research Associate with SMEA in 2009 and was hired on as an Assistant Professor in 2011. From her research seeking creative solutions to problems in marine systems, as well as ways to promote sustainable resource use, to her thought-provoking and informative instruction, Professor Jenkins has been a pleasure to work with and she will be missed.Read more
SMEA would like to welcome its newest post-doc and Fulbright Visiting Scholar Dr. Nathan Bennett. Nathan will be working with Professor Patrick Christie conducting research on the human dimensions of marine conservation and management. He recently published his first article associated with his new affiliation at UW titled “Communities and change in the anthropocene: Understanding social-ecological vulnerability and planning adaptations to multiple interacting exposures”.Read more
SMEA Research Associate Stacia Dreyer led a study looking at views towards a carbon pricing policy before and after the 2013 federal election in Australia, which was the first nation to repeal an existing carbon pricing policy.
The report, “Australians’ views on carbon pricing before and after the 2013 federal election,” was published in Nature Climate Change. The study found policy acceptance was higher than support at both times, and acceptance did not always lead to support, highlighting the need to measure acceptance and support separately.
Congratulations to SMEA professors Eddie Allison, Patrick Christie and Ryan Kelly who all have papers that were recently published.
In June, Professor Eddie Allison’s paper, “Changes in adaptive capacity of Kenyan fishing communities” was published in Nature Climate Change. Professor Patrick Christie co-authored the article, “Scientific Frontiers in the Management of Coral Reefs” which was published in Frontiers in Marine Science.
SMEA Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly was part of an international team of scientists and policy experts that collaborated on a report titled, “Contrasting futures for ocean and society from different anthropogenic CO2 emissions scenarios” recently published in the journal Science.
“This work brings together all of the best available science on the effects of global change for the world’s ocean, and clearly sets out how our environmental policy decisions today lead to very different future scenarios.