SMEA Professor Terrie Klinger and SMEA Affiliate Professor Jan Newton are the co-directors of the Washington Ocean Acidification Center. Salish Sea experts — one an ecologist, one an oceanographer — they are addressing one of the biggest emerging threats to our environment today, ocean acidification. Born from a Washington State Blue Ribbon Panel, the Center was established by the legislature at the University of Washington to make sure actions to combat ocean acidification have a strong backbone in science.Read more
SMEA Professor and Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash were recently in a Seattle Times article that featured “bright ideas for climate conscious travel.” Dolšak and Prakash discussed their work on sustainable travel practices, which include encouraging travelers to travel less, using alternatives to air travel, or when traveling by air, supporting fuel efficient airlines and aircraft, and purchasing carbon offsets – credits travelers can buy that are applied to programs the reduce carbon emissions.Read more
Congratulations to School of Marine & Environmental Affairs (SMEA) Professor Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) Lecturer July Hazard on being awarded Northwest Heritage Residencies. Over the course of four weeks in 2019-2020, Woelfle-Erskine and Hazard will further develop “With and for the Multitude” / “Queer Shores” and “Talking to Birds about genocides / Talking to birds about resurgences.” Throughout the residency, they will conduct a series of field interviews, participate in tribal and citizen science field work, create temporary installations, and offer a field poetics workshop and public lecture.Read more
By Brittany Hoedemaker
In July, SMEA professor Eddie Allison led a group of designers, urban planners, and landscape architects through a three-day exploration into the role fisheries play in food security and how that role may change in the context of climate change. Organized by the Van Alen Institute, a New York City-based architectural non-profit, the Seattle trip was part of the Van Alen Climate Council’s investigation into “Designing the Future of Food.”
So what do built environment professionals have to do with seafood and climate change?
Congratulations to Professor Ryan Kelly and co-authors on their recent paper published in Biological Conservation titled “Environmental DNA provides quantitative estimates of a threatened salmon species.” Surveys are often complex, expensive, and labor-intenstive, especially when target species are rare or elusive as is the case for many species of
conservation concern. Most surveys also involve the physical capture or disturbance of species, which can potentially harm sampled individuals and is particularly undesirable for species of conservation.
Professor Nives Dolšak was recently interviewed on NPR’s “On point” discussing travelling responsibly. She and her co-author, Aseem Prakash, Professor and Director of the Center for Environmental Politics, have been advocating for responsible academic professional flying. In March 2018, they wrote a piece in Huffpost entitled “The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics”. Since then, they have been writing and working with the UW and their professional associations on how to devise policies that would enable and induce responsible professional flying.Read more
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.Read more
Does the fact that the most visible advocate of the Green New Deal, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, states she is a Democratic Socialist, impact chances of bipartisan political support for this policy? SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash give three reasons why socialist framing could cause problems. Among them, socialist framing is bad politics, at least in America.Read more
When the Green New Deal was introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey last week, media outlets across the political spectrum focused on specific points that were sure to grab the biggest headlines. As a counterpoint to the exaggerated and misconstrued media frenzy, SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash outlined “3 ways to translate [the] Green New Deal into actual policy” in an article for The Hill.Read more
Opinion polls in the United States consistently find that the majority of Americans support policy changes to address human-caused climate change, as a real and growing threat to the planet. However, voters continue to reject climate measures, and do not rank climate change among their top influences when making voting decisions. SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently published an article in The Conversation asking, “Americans say they’re worried about climate change – so why don’t they vote that way?” They explore potential sources of error in the polls themselves, and suggest survey improvements that would better assist policymakers in designing climate measures that resonate with the public both theoretically and at the ballot box.Read more