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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Washington coast ignites passion for science communication

Recent SMEA graduate Zoe van Duivenbode was featured in the College of the Environment’s June newsletter, highlighting her work as a marine educator at Kalaloch Beach in Olympic National Park, where she developed ways she could connect the lessons of the sea to tourists on their summer vacation. Zoe was awarded the Future Park Leaders for Emerging Change Internship, a program for graduate students to work on climate issues related to emerging needs in national parks.  

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CONGRATULATIONS SMEA CLASS OF 2019!

On Thursday, June 13, the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs held its graduation ceremony in the Fishery Sciences Auditorium. A welcome was given by SMEA Director, Terrie Klinger, followed by opening remarks from the College of the Environment Dean, Lisa J. Graumlich. The keynote address was delivered by SMA alumna and commander of sector Puget Sound, a region that ranges from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the eastern border of Montana, Captain Linda Sturgis. 

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Q & A with Karin Otsuka

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
Since marine debris entered into my radar when I was 10 years old, this topic has pretty much become what I see as a lifetime objective for me. This led me to pursue an undergrad degree in Environmental Studies from the Program on the Environment (POE), which is also at the UW. 

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Evaluating alternatives to reduce whale entanglements in commercial Dungeness Crab fishing gear

Congratulations to SMEA alumna Kaitlin Lebon, whose MMA thesis “Evaluating alternatives to reduce whale entanglements in commercial Dungeness Crab fishing gear” was published in Global Ecology and Conservation. Since 2014, the U.S. West Coast has experienced a sudden increase in reported whale entanglements with commercial fishing gear. The increase has been particularly drastic in reported entanglements between Humpback whales and commercial Dungeness crab gear. 

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SMEA Faculty Latest Publications

Professor Eddie Allison and co-authors recently published an article in Frontiers in Marine Science titled “Securing a just space for small-scale fisheries in the blue economy.” The article discusses how Blue Economy/Blue Growth initiatives see the ocean as the new economic frontier, but the largest group of ocean-users – women and men who service, fish and trade from small-scale fisheries (SSF) are being squeezed for geographic, political and economic space by larger scale economic and environmental conservation interests. 

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Q & A With Sallie Lau

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I’m one of those people who was kind of in limbo after undergrad. I’d just gotten a degree and a job in marine biology, but I didn’t feel like continuing doing scientific research. I also didn’t know what I felt like doing either. I only knew that I still liked learning stuff that’s going on in the ocean, and that I wanted to do more social justice work someday. 

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Husky Green Awards

Congratulations to SMEA student Angela Cruz and SMEA student organization SEAS (Student Environmental Affairs Society) on their respective Husky Green Award nominations. The Husky Green Awards are given annually to recognize students, faculty and staff from the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses who show environmental leadership and dedication. The Husky Green Awards are celebrating the 10th year of recognizing sustainability leadership at the University of Washington. 

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Q & A with Alumna Kathleen Pozarycki

Alumna Kathleen Pozarycki graduated from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in 2008. She recently returned to campus during Prospective Student Visit Weekend, to serve on a Q&A Panel for students admitted to join the Class of 2021. We had a chance to catch up with Kathleen and hear about her career, and ask what advice she has for current SMEA students. 

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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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