Three SMEA Graduates selected as Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellows

Recent SMEA Graduates Elise Lasky, Emily Buckner, and Henry Bell have been awarded the Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellowship for 2020-2021. This fellowship places highly motivated, qualified individuals with marine and coastal host offices throughout Washington, providing fellows with a unique perspective on building marine policy and allowing them to share their academic expertise with the host offices.
This year’s host offices include the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Pacific Northwest Crab Research Group and the Port of Seattle. 

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SMEA to Sponsor Graduate Climate Conference

This Fall’s Graduate Climate Conference is being sponsored in part by the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. The event, which is organized by graduate students for graduate students, is an interdisciplinary opportunity to examine climate change research and collaborate around various approaches to mitigation.
The conference is in its 14th year, and graduate students from hundreds of academic institutions are represented among the attendees. 

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Q&A with Dr. Terrie Klinger

How did you decide to become a professor?

I don’t recall making a discrete decision to become a professor. I loved my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and benefited enormously from the mentorship of several faculty members there, particularly Paul Silva, John West, and GF Papenfuss. It seemed like the most natural thing in the world to move on to graduate school, where I had wonderful experiences at the University of British Columbia and at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 

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Q&A with Corinne Noufi

Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school?
I studied biology as an undergraduate, but it wasn’t until I took a conservation biology class that I began to understand how important the human dimension aspect of climate science is. Following this class, I traveled to Cambodia as part of a research project focusing on food web ecology and fisheries in the Mekong. 

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Systemic racism has consequences for all life in cities

Social inequalities, specifically racism and classism, are impacting the biodiversity, evolutionary shifts and ecological health of plants and animals in our cities.
That’s the main finding of a review paper led by the University of Washington, with co-authors at the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Michigan, which examined more than 170 published studies and analyzed the influence of systemic inequalities on ecology and evolution. 

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Inaugural Future Rivers Cohort Selected

SMEA Core Faculty member Dr. Cleo Woelfle-Erskine will be working closely with one of 6 master’s students selected for the inaugural Future Rivers cohort. UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences student, Sofi Courtney, will be one of 12 master’s and doctoral students who will be helping to contribute to the growing body of knowledge on freshwater ecosystems and how changes in climate and the environment are protecting these vital resources. 

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Sea Grant Announces the 2021 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Finalists

Congratulations to recent SMEA graduate Katy Dalton and soon to graduate Megan McKeown who were selected as Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows for 2021. The 2021 finalists will become the 42nd class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. The 74 finalists represent 27 of the 34 Sea Grant programs.
Knauss finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes several rounds of review at both the state Sea Grant program and national levels. 

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Q&A with Sam Klein

Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school?
I decided to come to SMEA because I had been working in labs as a research assistant studying many things from soil microbial ecology to bat acoustics to rocky shore biodiversity, but I wanted to gain an understanding of the policies that shape environmental management and governance. I am especially passionate about coastal ecosystems because I grew up in Hong Kong and love these dynamic habitats.  

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UW EarthLab and The Nippon Foundation launch Ocean Nexus Center

The University of Washington and The Nippon Foundation today announced the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, an interdisciplinary research group at the UW that studies changes, responses and solutions to societal issues that emerge in relationship with the oceans. The Center will bring uncompromised, critical voices to policy and public conversations to enable research and studies equaling $32.5 million spread over 10 years. 

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SMEA Student awarded FLAS Fellowship

Congratulations to Lindsey Popken, 1 of 10 UW graduate students who were awarded FLAS Fellowships to study French, Nuu-chah-nulth and Tsek’ene in 2020-21. These 10 students represent UW’s School of Law, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, School of Public Health, Department of Linguistics, and the Applied Masters in International Studies in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
Lindsey is interested in sea otter conservation and is developing a project with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in British Columbia (B.C.) that she hopes will help shape relations between the Tribal Council and Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans. 

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