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.
Professor Eddie Allison’s latest paper, “Changes in adaptive capacity of Kenyan fishing communities” has been published in Nature Climate Change.
The research conducted by Professor Allison and his colleagues shows how indicators of adaptive capacity within a particular livelihood group are socially differentiated by age, migrant status and participation, and whether they changed amongst the sampled population over time. The results suggest that community-level interventions such as provision of infrastructure or services such as credit facilities may help to increase aspects of adaptive capacity over time.
This year the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs graduated fourteen students with an eclectic mix of research topics ranging from communicating environmental science through art, to oil pollution prevention strategies in the arctic.Read more
On May 14th, Brian Tracey became the first awardee of the College of the Environment’s Outstanding Diversity Commitment Award. Among 42 nominees across the College of the Environment including faculty, staff and students, Brian was selected for his efforts and impact not only at the department or university level, but in the Seattle community as a whole.Read more
Professor Eddie Allison participated in research to evaluate the effectiveness of fishery improvement projects in his Science publication titled, “Secure sustainable seafood from developing countries.”Read more
How did you decide to become a professor?
In High School one of my civic affairs teachers talked about a particular natural resource management controversy that intrigued me. She let me borrow her Master’s thesis on the topic. I realized then that I wanted to do research to understand how to improve natural resource management. That led to the design of my idiosyncratic undergraduate curriculum that sought exposure to natural and policy sciences to explore how the two could mutually inform each other.
Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly’s latest article, “Will More Better, Cheaper, and Faster Monitoring Improve Environmental Management?” has been published in Environmental Law Review, the law journal from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, OR (Volume 44, Number 4, 2014. pp. 1111-1147.)
In this article, Dr. Kelly addresses how the use of new technologies for genetic analysis allow for more powerful and more cost-effective environmental data collection, and the impacts that data will have on management decisions and practices.
What led you to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
As an undergrad, I majored in ocean sciences and double minored in marine biology and natural resource management. Through my studies and subsequent time out of school, I began to realize how important it is that we effectively manage human activities surrounding marine affairs issues in an effort to ensure that the environment and ocean resources are conserved.