Q & A With Dr. Patrick Christie

Professor Patrick Christie
Professor Patrick Christie

How did you decide to become a professor?

My decision to become a professor is born of experiences I had in living and working in Asian and Latin American fishing communities. The job gives me a chance to work at the interface of research and action. Besides, I don’t like having a boss.

What do you like most about your work?

I like the dynamism of working with bright students and fellow faculty members.

If you could have any amount of funding to conduct research, what would you do, and why?

Start a learning network of scientists, marine resource managers, fishers to create knowledge about the ocean and societal relations with it. I think it’s important for us to work collaboratively. I’m doubtful that scientists have the time, or insight, to create knowledge that inspires essential action/policy fast enough to confront the emerging ocean issues.

How would you describe SMEA students?

Bright, hard working and very idealistic!

What advice would you give to students who are considering studying at SMEA?

Keep an open mind. Challenge yourself to question your closely held beliefs about the ocean, people, and desirable outcomes from policies. For example, what is environmentalism and is it always a desirable track in all contexts?

What is your favorite form of marine life, and why?

People. We engage all the time with the ocean.