SMEA at the Seattle Aquarium

This past weekend SMEA was invited to participate in the Seattle Aquarium’s Discover Science Weekend, a wonderful opportunity for the public to get a chance to interact with scientists and researchers from organizations all across the Puget Sound. 

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Allison & Bassett’s Paper on Climate change in the oceans Published in Science

SMEA Professor Eddie Allison and graduate student Hannah Bassett co-authored a paper titled “Climate change in the oceans: Human impacts and responses” that was recently published in Science. The paper was part of a special issue of Science dedicated to informing the upcoming COP21 meeting in Paris. As an article from UW Today explains, the paper “looks at scientific understanding of changes to the world’s oceans and how people around the world are responding to those changes. 

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SMEA Takes Part in the First Annual UW Environmental Law Symposium

On November 6 the UW School of Law brought together many of the world’s leading experts on ocean acidification in its first-annual Environmental Law Symposium. The symposium had a large turnout of 250+ attendees and included speakers such as Jay Manning of Cascadia Law Group PLLC and Dennis McLerran of EPA Region 10. SMEA Director Terrie Klinger and Affiliate Assistant Professor Jan Newton kicked off the morning science panel talking about the latest research and findings on ocean acidification. 

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SMEA Director and Alumni Meet at the Northwest Straits Initiative’s Conference

 
SMEA Director, Terrie Klinger, met up with eleven of SMEA’s finest at the 17th annual Marine Resources Committee Conference which took place on November 6th – 7th. This is a great example of how SMEA Alums are using their diverse skills to support the work of the the Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative. 

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Q & A with Nicole Kanayurak

What led you to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
As an Inuit person from a coastal community that derives sustenance from the ocean, the Arctic marine environment has shaped a large part of my identity. Inuit people are involved in decision-making on marine affairs and my home state of Alaska has to manage the longest coastline in the U.S. I am pursuing a Master of Marine Affairs to continue to be involved in making decisions that will affect the Arctic marine environment that includes Inuit. 

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McMillin Visits Tidal Energy Pilot Projects in Ireland and Scotland

SMEA second year, Neal McMillin, recently toured OpenHydro’s Greenore Technical Centre in County Louth, Ireland. OpenHydro designs, tests, and deploys tidal energy turbines to provide silent, invisible, and predictable renewable energy from the ocean. The facilities tour complimented McMillin’s research on tidal energy pilot projects. 

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SMEA Students Sivinski and Thorsell Attend Arctic Circle Assembly

Seth Sivinski and Devon Thorsell recently had the opportunity to travel to Iceland to attend the the Arctic Circle Assembly, a yearly gathering of governments, non-governmental organizations, indigenous groups, corporations, and students which meets in the Harpa in Reykjavik, Iceland. 

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Dreyer & Polis Present at Joint Economics Conference

The School of Marine and Environmental Affairs was recently represented at the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics (CANSEE) & United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) 2015 Joint Biennial Conference by Research Associate Dr. Stacia Dreyer and 2nd year graduate student Hilary Polis. The conference, themed, Pathways for Change: Toward a Just and Sustainable Economy, was held in Vancouver, BC, Canada October 1-4. 

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Q & A With Claire Dawson

What led you to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
After completing my Bachelor of Commerce degree, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel and work internationally. During these pursuits I was constantly astonished at the variety of ways humans interact with the marine environment, how it shapes our lives and how we in turn shape it. The drive to understand how we can manage this interaction to best protect the natural environment while safeguarding the ocean as the key resources it is brought me to my interest in a Masters of Marine Affairs. 

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Barnea Shows What it Means to Be Boundless

SMEA alum and current UW law student Raz Barnea (MMA ’14) was recently featured on the UW homepage in an article discussing his dedication to serving the public through his time in the Peace Corps, his world travels, and the knowledge he’s gained from his UW degree programs.
To read about Raz’s belief in in giving back to the community and his part in public service through a two-year Peace Corps post in Jamaica, check out the article http://www.washington.edu/boundless/a-promise-to-the-public/. 

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