48 posts in Q&A Profiles

Q & A with Colin Bowser

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I wanted to orient my profession towards applied ocean science and saw a program that was broader than pure oceanography to be a good way to put the science that I enjoy to good work. At this point in my life, I couldn’t reasonably invest the time required for a PhD and I knew I would not be fulfilled by going in a direction that strayed far from ocean science. 

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Q & A with Alumna Melissa Luna

Alumna Melissa Luna graduated from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in 2014 and is now a Social and Environmental Impact Officer at Playa Viva Sustainable Boutique Hotel in Mexico. We had a chance to catch up with Melissa and hear about her job, her time at SMEA, and advice she has for current SMEA students.
Can you give us a brief description of what you do for Playa Viva Sustainable Boutique Hotel? 

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Q & A with Priscilla Rivas

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I have always been drawn to the ocean, and so I started my undergraduate education as a Marine Biology major. I switched to Marine Affairs about halfway through, and loved all of the classes I got to take relating to policy. As graduation got closer, I realized there was so much more about the field I wanted to learn about, and began researching Marine Affairs graduate programs! 

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Q & A with Alumna Natalie Lowell

Alumna Natalie Lowell graduated from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in 2015 and is now a PhD student in the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington. We had a chance to catch up with Natalie recently and hear about what she’s studying, her time at SMEA, and advice she has for current SMEA students. 

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Q & A with Julie Ann Koehlinger

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I wanted to remain immersed in ocean science while learning how to navigate the interface between science and policy.
Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school?
It felt like a good fit for my goals. My undergraduate oceanography degree is from UW so I had a good sense of everything the university has to offer. 

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Q & A with Alex Gustafson

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I received Bachelors degrees in Environmental Science and Political Science with the intention of getting a Masters from a coastal university focused on coastal issues. This degree seemed like one where I could really capitalize on my strengths in both academic realms, pursue my lifelong interest of all things aquatic and also discover new skills. 

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Q & A With Alumna Sarah Nayani

Alumna Sarah Nayani graduated from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in 2015 and is now a Director of Compliance with Arctic Storm Management Group, LLC. We had a chance to catch up with Sarah recently and hear about her job, her time at SMEA, and advice she has for current SMEA students.
Can you give us a brief description of what you do for Arctic Storm Management Group, LLC? 

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Q & A with Allie Brown

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I came to SMEA after studying at Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan island for a summer after my undergraduate studies. I wanted to gain a bit more marine experience after getting a degree in wildlife ecology which focused on terrestrial vertebrates. I both heard about SMEA there and realized there that I was not super interested in lab work and very interested how to create change and in how humans get excited about the ocean. 

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Q & A With Alumna Maggie Allen

Maggie Allen graduated from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in 2016 and is now with NOAA Education in Washington D.C. as a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow. We had a chance to catch up with Maggie recently and hear about her time at SMEA and advice she has for current SMEA students.
Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs? 

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Q & A with Valerie Cleland

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
With a background in science, I craved the skills to make larger changes that impact coastal communities and marine environments. An interdisciplinary Masters would provide me with the skills to speak the languages of both science and policy and thus work more effectively between these worlds. It doesn’t hurt that I have had a lifelong love affair with the ocean, making a marine focused Masters even more appealing. 

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