38 posts in Q&A Profiles

Q & A with Danielle Edelman

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I got my undergraduate degree in Aquatic Biology at UCSB, but after I graduated I got a job in regulatory affairs that involved ensuring compliance with the FDA. I think a lot of people would have been turned off by the bureaucracy and paperwork, but it made me realize how important it is to understand the regulatory processes that govern how science and industry interact. 

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Q & A with Dr. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine

How did you decide to become a professor?
I’ve always loved teaching, and before graduate school taught environmental science and geography to K-12 students, and home graywater system installation and rainwater harvesting to adults. In graduate school, I discovered I love research as well, and realized I could combine research, teaching, mentoring students, and community-engaged research as a professor.
What do you like most about your work? 

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Q & A With Charlene Vasquez

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I have always loved the ocean and I earned my undergraduate degree in marine biology. Moving forward I wanted to learn how to protect the ocean, so after looking into possible degrees, earning my degree in marine affairs seemed like a great choice.
Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school? 

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Q & A with Karen Villeda

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
After spending a couple of years working on community-based marine conservation projects in the developing world, I realized that in order to help build impactful and resilient conservation initiatives I needed to further strengthen some of my technical skills. Through my job, I had been exposed to challenges that were not solely scientific or development focused in nature. 

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Q & A with Thao Huynh

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I fell in love with the sea the first time I saw one at the age of 5. Naturally, I was inclined to study marine sciences, swim with the dolphins, and save the animals. Eventually, I pursued a bachelors in biology and grew old enough to realize the marine environment is composed of more than animals and ecosystems. 

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Q & A with Brandon Ray

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
After finishing my active duty career in the Navy, I knew I wanted to go into a field that would allow me to combine my knowledge of science with the ability to solve problems politically – and thus act as a liaison between communities that don’t often speak the same vernacular. 

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Q & A With Hannah Russell

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I decided to pursue an MMA because I knew that to get to my goal of working in fisheries management, I would need a specialized degree. The MMA degree is inherently interdisciplinary, as are my interests, which made it a good fit for me.
Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school? 

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Q & A With Amy Brodbeck

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
Upon graduating with a biology degree, I spent five years working in the field of environmental education, predominantly in marine environments. My work exposed me to issues that stretched outside the bounds of pure science, and piqued my interest in marine management and policy. I chose to study marine affairs to deepen my understanding of the relationship between humans and marine environments to learn how we can become better stewards of our oceans. 

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Q & A With Erin Murray

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I received my undergraduate degree in policy and planning from a similar environmental interdisciplinary program, but not focused on the marine environment. I believed that a MMA would help fill my knowledge gaps on key marine issues, while providing me the flexibility to build a thesis built on primary research. 

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Q & A with Jessica Hernandez

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
My bachelor’s degree allowed me to expand my knowledge of the ocean with courses, internships and research. It also allowed me to comprehend the importance of integrating indigenous and scientific knowledge to promote a healthier environment. Since I wanted to continue expanding my horizons and professional skill sets, I decided to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs. 

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