SMEA Students Present Capstone Projects

Students completing the Capstone Track in their Master’s of Marine Affairs program will be delivering their findings and final report to the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs community this Friday (March 5th).
After a year of preparation, research, analysis, and reporting, Capstone projects culminate in a 25-30 minute presentation where the Capstone Project Team delivers their work to the client. 

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SMEA March Faculty Meeting

The School of Marine & Environmental Affairs will hold its next faculty meeting on Thursday, March 4, 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Please see below for details on how to join;
Zoom Online Meeting
Phone In
Meeting ID: 931 1047 0939
Passcode: 065631
 A copy of the meeting agenda can be found here. Please contact Jackie Chapman ( for more information. 

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Mellon Grant Awarded to Project to Create Anti-Racism Education

SMEA Professor Cleo Woelfle-Erskine, at the invitation of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has become a partner in a major new grant-funded project sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As part of the foundation’s Just Futures Initiative, “Humanities Education for Anti-racism Literacy (HEAL) in the Sciences and Medicine (STEMM). He joins co-PIs Cheryl Bauer-Armstrong (Native Education); Christy Clark-Pujara (Higher Education); Elizabeth Hennessy (Coordinator and Higher Education); R. 

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Q&A with Katie Shelledy

Could you describe your experience in applying to and selecting a graduate program?
When I applied for graduate school, I was working as a junior acoustician with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center. I looked at a bunch of schools and programs, and my main criteria were 1) interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary ocean-focused program and 2) located in a coastal city. Most of my training and experience at that point was skewed toward natural science, and I had been living in kind of isolated areas for the past 6 years (college in central Pennsylvania and a 2-year research gig without a car in Highlands, NJ). 

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Successful Establishment of Territorial Use Rights for Fisheries

SMEA affiliate professor Dr. Amber Himes-Cornell and alumna Kathryn (Katy) Dalton, along with co-authors Juan Francisco Lechuga Sánchez and Rebecca Metzner of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization collaborated to publish a review on the enabling conditions necessary to ensure successful establishment of territorial use rights for fisheries (TURFs). Allocating or recognizing fishing tenure rights via TURFs can lead to a wide array of social, economic, and ecological responses, both positive and negative. 

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SMEA Environmental Justice Speakers Series

We’d love you to join us Thursday, February 25, 12:00-1:00pm PST via Zoom for our 4th speaker in SMEA’s Environmental Justice Speakers Series.
We welcome Dr. Melanie Malone to offer “Seeking Justice, Eating Toxins: Overlooked Contaminants in Urban Community Gardens”.
Dr. Malone is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell campus. 

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A poster for the film They Keep Quiet So We Make Noise. The imagery showcases a fence crossed by yellow caution tape.

Alumna’s Debut Film Yields Award Nom

The documentary short They Keep Quiet So We Make Noise was accepted to the Melbourne Short Film Festival and nominated for the Best Short Documentary Film Award. The work is the directorial debut of SMEA alum Marlena Skrobe ’20, a filmmaker and plastic pollution researcher. The film allowed Marlena to merge her research tools with her storytelling skills and her commitment to identify, expose, and help solve global environmental injustice perpetuated in global plastic recycling. 

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Mislabeled salmon, shrimp have biggest environmental toll

A study by Arizona State University, the University of Washington and other institutions examined the impacts of seafood mislabeling on the marine environment, including population health, the effectiveness of fishery management, and marine habitats and ecosystems. Co-author and SMEA Professor Sunny Jardine helped to design a statistical analysis to compare the product on the label with the one that was actually consumed. 

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Q&A with Dr. Erendira Aceves Bueno

Why did you decide to become a professor?
I love science and academia has given me an immense freedom to explore the topics that interest me. Becoming a professor has allowed me to maintain a profession driven by curiosity while modestly contributing to solving pressing problems. I feel extremely lucky for that.
What do you like most about your work?
Many things, but I mostly enjoy facing intellectual challenges in collaboration with students. 

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There are several long poles and 4 yellow buoys underneath a black fishing net on a beach. An adult man is crouched between the net and the ocean.

SMEA Group Publish on FADs

SMEA alumni Guillermo Gomez, Samantha Farquhar, Henry Bell, Eric Laschever, and Stacy Hall collaborated on a paper exploring “a critical link between canned tuna – which is commonly fished with the aid of hundreds of thousands of Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) drifting in the ocean – and the legal and marketing concept of Illegal, Unreported or Unregulated (IUU) fishing”. The article published in Coastal Management documents “how a transparent registration and tracking process can better align market and regulatory forces to reduce unsustainable FAD practices. 

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