SMEA response to COVID-19

Leadership at the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs (SMEA) is closely monitoring the local outbreak of the novel coronavirus and is making every effort to address the changing needs of the school community, wherever possible.
SMEA continues to follow all advice and directives set forth by the University of Washington, which are detailed at length on the UW Novel Coronavirus Information Page. 

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Fulbright for Angela Cruz ’19

Angela Cruz, a 2019 SMEA graduate, was granted a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student research award. Her proposed project is to perform a gender analysis of the blue swimmer crab fishery in Betahwalang and Lampung, Indonesia amidst major fishery reform and development of aquaculture facilities. Gender equity has become a priority for many nations and this project will help to address data gaps regarding men and women’s participation in local fisheries industry. 

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Online advising & support information for SMEA students: Who to contact

Considering the best interest of our students and taking social-distancing steps to support the region’s efforts against the COVID-19 outbreak, SMEA staff is offering online advising options. Please e-mail our staff to schedule an online appointment.
For issues related to current student advising, course registration, and graduation requirements, as well as application to our program and prospective student information, please e-mail Tiffany Dion at or call 206-543-0106. 

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Q&A with Chris Boylan

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I decided to pursue a graduate degree chasing the idea that reconnecting coastal communities to their green and blue spaces would lead to a higher quality of life in those regions as well as generate more preparedness as those communities begin to adapt to the effects of climate change.
Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school? 

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How to spend $10 billion on climate change

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is pledging $10 billion to fight climate change. How should it be spent? Research and development? Politics? The oceans? Professor Nives Dolšak sat down with KUOW’s Bill Radke to discuss how to spend the money in order to have the most impact. She believes Bezos’ Earth Fund should revitalize the American Rust Belt instead of chasing technological solutions. 

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Q&A with Marlena Skrobe

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I double majored in Marine Affairs and Visual Journalism with a focus on anthropology for my undergraduate studies while at the University of Miami in Florida. I then worked in the film industry for a number of years as a camera assistant and casting director in New York City in order to learn more about the technical side of filmmaking. 

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College of the Environment & SMEA Represent at AAAS Annual Meeting

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest general scientific gathering, and UW is the host university of this year’s conference. A number of representatives from the College of the Environment, and more specifically our own SMEA faculty, will be sharing their insights and research via panels and presentations. A number of SMEA students will also be in attendance using the opportunity to dive deeper into the issues they are studying, researching, and are passionate about; this also serves as a great networking opportunity for them. 

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Remembering Alumnus John Winton ’91

John Winton 1930-2020, SMA Graduate in 1991, passed away on January 30, 2020. A veteran of the US Marine Corps, he served the country during the Korean War. Prior to joining our school, John had a lengthy career in executive consulting firms, opening his own here in Seattle in 1972. He was a generous and consistent supporter of SMEA, leaving his mark on our program and setting a high bar for all to follow. 

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Natures, Peoples, and Justice: Collaborative land management and cultural burns in the Australian Capital Territory

Please join the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, the Program on the Environment, EarthLab, and the Simpson Center for the Humanities on Thursday, February 6 from 4:00-5:30 pm in Communications 120 as we welcome Jessica Weir, PhD from the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University.
Dr. Weir will be giving a talk titled “Natures, Peoples, and Justice: Collaborative land management and cultural burns in the Australian Capital Territory.”

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Woelfle-Erskine Wins American Studies Association Kolodny Prize

SMEA is proud to announce that faculty member Dr. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine has been recognized with the 2019 Annette Kolodny Prize for the best environmentally-themed paper presented at the American Studies Association national conference held this past year in Honolulu, HI.
Woelfle-Erskine’s paper “With and for the Multitude: Ecology as Queer Acts” was described as “a poetic, rigorous, and inventive reconceptualization of post-industrial waterfronts as transgressive spaces, or queer ecologies. 

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