24 posts in Alumni News

Hershman Fellowship Awardees

Congratulations to recent SMEA grads and students Sara Brostrom, Haley Kennard and Marisa Nixon who were all awarded Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowships! Hershman fellows are teamed with mentors in state government or an NGO host office in Olympia, Tacoma or Seattle, working on ocean and coastal science and management issues for one year. This year’s host offices are The Nature Conservancy, Makah Office of Tribal Affairs and Washington State Departments of Ecology and Health. 

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Helping fishermen on the coast of Peru

SMEA (’16) graduate Chris Giordano recently wrote a post that was featured on the Peace Corps Response’s website. In the fall of 2016, Chris joined the Peace Corps Response, which sends experienced professionals to undertake short-term, high-impact service assignments in communities around the world. He went to northern coast of Peru where “the bulk of my time has been in a support role for my socio, Inkaterra Asociacion, drawing on my recent master’s degree and experience to help my counterpart form their first set of marine projects while teaching the team how to think about coastal conservation.” In his post, Chris reflects on his past year of service and the amazing opportunity it provided him. 

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Alumni Updates – Where are they now?

By Mackenzie Nelson
SMEA Alums can be found all over the U.S. (and the world!) We were fortunate to catch up with several recently who shared what they’ve been up to, as well as some words of advice.

ERIK STROMBERG, Class of ‘82
Location: Beaumont, TX
Erik is the Executive Director of the Center for Advances in Port Management (CAPM) at Lamar University where he is building the curriculum for the fully online Masters of Science in Port and Terminal Management Program (check out: lamar.edu/portmanagement), which is expected to begin Fall 2017. 

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Narrative Style in Research Abstracts

Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly was featured on Parsing Science’s recent podcast which highlights 2016 SMEA alumna, Annie Hillier’s, master’s thesis “Is There a Role for Narrative Attributes in Scientific Literature?” In the episode, Kelly tells the unpublished stories behind the article “Narrative Style Influences Citation Frequency in Climate Change Science,” which he published along with co-authors Hillier and Professor Terrie Klinger in the December 2016 edition of PLoS One. 

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How does framing affect policy support for emissions mitigation?

SMEA alumnus Max Mossler (’16) recently published his thesis work in Global Environmental Change, along with co-authors Ann Bostrom, Kate Crosman, Patricia Moy, and SMEA Professor Ryan Kelly. The paper entitled “How does framing affect policy support for emissions mitigation? Testing the effects of ocean acidification and other carbon emissions frames” advances research on ocean acidification and climate change perceptions and communication, by (i) examining causal beliefs about ocean acidification, and (ii) measuring support for mitigation policies from individuals presented with one of five different policy frames (climate change, global warming, carbon pollution, air pollution, and ocean acidification). 

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Acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in the United States

Research Associate Stacia Dreyer, SMEA Alum Hilary Polis, and former SMEA Professor Lekelia Jenkins recently published an article about tidal energy in Energy Research and Social Science. In the article, they assess acceptability and support for tidal energy, as well as perceived benefits and risks of tidal energy and climate change beliefs in Washington State. They also highlight how environmental psychology can contribute to a larger body of literature on life-cycle development for emergent renewable energy technologies. 

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Interdiscplinary SMEA experience provides perfect pathway into the Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

By Maggie Allen
The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is a unique, unparalleled experience for SMEA graduates. The exciting year began for me in December 2016 during Placement Week, which consisted of 12-15 interviews in 3 days and 4 networking happy hours across D.C. Although it was probably one of the most hectic weeks in my life, it was also extremely invaluable. 

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Tackling resilience: Finding order in chaos to help buffer against climate change

A new paper authored by SMEA alum Britta Timpane-Padgham, and SMEA Professor Terrie Klinger aims to provide clarity among scientists, resource managers and planners on what ecological resilience means and how it can be achieved. The study, published this month in the journal PLOS ONE, is the first to examine the topic in the context of ecological restoration and identify ways that resilience can be measured and achieved at different scales.  

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Preferences for Tidal Energy Research and Development

Congratulations to SMEA alumni Hilary Polis (’16) and SMEA Postdoc Stacia Dryer for their recent article published in Ecological Economics. Their article “Public Willingness to Pay and Policy Preferences for Tidal Energy Research and Development: A Study of Households in Washington State” looks at the Puget Sound area in Washington State, which has significant tidal energy resources, but a ways to go to develop the industry. 

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Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat

Congratulations to SMEA postdoc Jimmy O’Donnell for leading his new paper “Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat” to publication! Additional authors include SMEA Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly, SMEA alumna Natalie Lowell, and collaborators Jameal Samhouri, Ole Shelton, and Greg Williams. The paper shows that environmental DNA in the nearshore marine environment (in this case Carkeek Park in north Seattle) does not travel very far at all, such that eDNA samples show a very local snapshot of marine biodiversity. 

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