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Sea Grant Announces the 2020 John. A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Finalists

Congratulations to recent SMEA graduates Katie Chicojay, Kelly Martin and Spencer Showalter who were selected as a Washington Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows for 2020. The 2020 finalists will become the 41st class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 69 finalists represent 27 of the 34 Sea Grant programs.
Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes several rounds of review at both the state Sea Grant program and national levels. 

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Five SMEA students selected as Washington Sea Grant State Fellows

Congratulations to recent SMEA graduates Tressa Arbow, Rachel Assink, Ashley Bagley, Angela Cruz and Alex Sweetser on being selected for the Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship 2019-2020. The Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship (formerly the Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellowship) offers a unique educational opportunity for soon-to-graduate or recently finished graduate students engaged in studies pertaining to ocean and coastal policy issues. 

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New fellowship for SMEA students whose research focuses on the marine environment in the Alaska region

Recently, an anonymous donor committed to give $125,000 to support students in the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs that are working on research projects related to the conservation and management of marine resources in the Alaska region, as well as state, federal, or international agencies’ management and policy objectives. The North Pacific Marine Resources Term Fellowship will help create immersive opportunities for these graduate students to conduct critical marine resource management and conservation research in the coastal and international waters off Alaska. 

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Cruz wins Best Paper Award at GAF7 Global Conference

Congratulations to SMEA student Angela Cruz who won the “Best Paper Award” for students at the 7th Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF7) in Bangkok, Thailand. Her oral presentation titled “Addressing Gender Gaps from a Programmatic Perspective” discussed how USAID programs perform gender mainstreaming in fisheries and the challenges they face in doing so. The presentation was based on Cruz’s preliminary results from her thesis work that was conducted while she was interning with a USAID project in Jakarta, Indonesia over the summer. 

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Bagley wins Society for Ecological Restoration student poster contest

Congratulations to SMEA student Ashley Bagley, whose poster on temperature variation and salmon abundance in Stillaguamish River floodplains won first place in the student poster competition at the Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes Conference. The conference, hosted by the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Society of Wetland Scientists, brought together scientists, practitioners and decision makers to share knowledge about the ways in which ecological restoration can build resilience of ecological and human communities in changing landscapes. 

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Chen Awarded MSC Scholarship

Congratulations to Zelin Chen who has been awarded a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Scholarship Research Program award. Zelin will apply his award towards his research into quota-based management of the Chinese red swimmer crab fishery. Red swimming crab is valuable to local fishing communities in China and plays an important role in global seafood trade. Zelin will study the perceptions of key stakeholders and review existing literature. 

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Sea Grant Announces the 2019 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Finalists

A big congratulations to recent SMEA graduate Valerie Cleland who was selected as a Washington Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow for 2019. The 2019 finalists will become the 40th class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 66 finalists represent 30 of the 33 Sea Grant programs. For the first time Guam Sea Grant successfully recruited a Knauss fellow.  

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2018-19 Alaska Sea Grant State Fellows

Alaska Sea Grant recently announced the six graduate students that were selected to spend a year working with state and federal agencies to support healthy coastal communities and the marine environment. Three of the six 2018-19 State Fellows are SMEA students; Nyssa Baechler, Diana Perry, and Kayla Schommer. The fellowships strengthen Alaska’s workforce by cultivating future professionals working in marine science and policy, fisheries, and related disciplines. 

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SMEA Thesis & Capstone Presentations

Please join SMEA on Friday, May 11 and Friday, May 18 in the Marine Studies Building (MAR 168) as our graduating students present their thesis and capstone projects. A reception featuring beer, wine, and appetizers will follow the last presentation on each day in the upstairs student lounge. We hope to see you there!

May 11


10:00 AM
Charlene Vasquez
Nives Dolsak
Sea Level Rise Capstone

10:20 AM
Brandon Ray
Nives Dolsak
Framing Arctic Renewable Energy

10:40 AM
Kaitlin Lebon
Ryan Kelly
Tangled up and blue: evaluating alternatives to reduce whale entanglements in commercial Dungeness crab fishing gear

11:00 AM
Danielle Edelman
Dave Fluharty
Regulatory barriers to native oyster restoration in Washington

11:20 AM
Mackenzie Nelson
Terrie Klinger
If we build it, will they come? 

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Zhao Awarded NSF Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Lily Zhao on being awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship. Zhao was the awardee for ‘Human Dimensions of Coral Reefs’. The fellowship will allow Zhao to continue her doctorate studies and research on how coral reefs and the coastal communities that depend on them can best recover from severe environmental shocks.
In all, the NSF named 2,000 individuals as this year’s recipients of awards from its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). 

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