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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SMEA is Hiring: Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Marine & Environmental Affairs

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) is hiring for two positions: Assistant Professor of Marine & Environmental Affairs and Associate Professor of Marine & Environmental Affairs.
Assistant Professor of Marine & Environmental Affairs
We invite applications for one nine-month (100% FTE) tenure-track position in Regional Policy and Management of Oceans and Coastal Areas. A Ph.D. (or foreign equivalent) in policy, management, or a related field is required. 

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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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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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Connecting ocean acidification research to people who need it most

SMEA Professor Terrie Klinger and SMEA Affiliate Professor Jan Newton are the co-directors of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. Salish Sea experts — one an ecologist, one an oceanographer — they are addressing one of the biggest emerging threats to our environment today, ocean acidification. Born from a Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel, the Center was established by the legislature at the University of Washington to make sure actions to combat ocean acidification have a strong backbone in science. 

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Climate-Conscious Travel

SMEA Professor and Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash were recently in a Seattle Times article that featured “bright ideas for climate conscious travel.” Dolšak and Prakash discussed their work on sustainable travel practices, which include encouraging travelers to travel less, using alternatives to air travel, or when traveling by air, supporting fuel efficient airlines and aircraft, and purchasing carbon offsets – credits travelers can buy that are applied to programs the reduce carbon emissions. 

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SMEA Alum selected for the 2019 NAPA Class of Academy Fellows

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) today announced that 51 leaders in the field of public administration, including SMEA alum Michael Jacobson, have been selected for the 2019 Class of Academy Fellows. Induction of the new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting, which will take place November 7-8 in Arlington, Virginia. Selection of the Academy’s new Fellows follows a rigorous review of the individual’s contributions to the field of public administration and policy. 

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Q & A with Dr. P. Joshua Griffin

Why did you decide to become a professor?
My grandfather was a professor of philosophy, so I was raised to ask a lot of questions. I love the possibilities we can create together when we think critically about the world, consider our places in it, and our responsibilities to one another. For me this is the work of education. I became a professor because I wanted to join a community—of students and colleagues—with whom I could seek to better understand and be of service to the world. 

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