Q & A with Alumna Ann Farr

Alumna Ann Farr graduated from the School of Marine Affairs in 1982 and is now an Environmental Manager/State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Responsible Official for two major port projects on the Columbia River. We had a chance to catch up with Ann and hear about her job, her time at SMA, and advice she has for current SMEA students.
Can you give us a brief description of what you do? 

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Q & A with Ryan Swanson

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
It mostly began while I was studying zoology at University of Wisconsin-Madison, including studying abroad in Ecuador for a tropical and marine conservation and ecology semester. While on the coast, we visited a fishing village and I realized there are a lot of people and communities that rely on this type of work as a means for a living. 

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Workforce Sustainability in the Washington Maritime Industry

Tressa Arbow presented her research, “Workforce Sustainability in the Washington Maritime Industry,” at the Washington Maritime Blue Strategy Rollout event on Tuesday, January 8. Washington Maritime Blue is a task force established by Governor Inslee in 2017 to develop a plan for increasing the competitiveness and sustainability of the Washington maritime industry, or Blue Economy. The roll out event was the formal delivery of the Strategic Plan, and included remarks from Advisory Council members and leaders of key demonstration projects. 

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SMEA Alumni on the Hill

SMEA alumni were instrumental in working across the Senate aisle on S. 2511, the “Commercial Engagement through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act,” which was signed by President Trump on December 21, 2018. This legislation, advanced by U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Mississippi), instructs NOAA to expand the use of unmanned maritime systems technology for collecting ocean data that can be used for academic, national security, and commercial purposes. 

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Lessons from ‘yellow vest’ protests in France

SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak and UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article featured on The Hill titled, “Can the climate movement survive populism? Lessons from ‘yellow vest’ protests.” The article considers the “yellow vest” protests in France, which were prompted by the proposal for “green” levies on transportation fuel. The violent protests are part of a populist movement that reflect anger over high taxes and declining incomes. 

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Ecopoetics: Changing how students think and talk about ecology

By Mackenzie Nelson
The spring 2018 quarter brought a new class to the SMEA register: “Ecopoetics Along Shorelines.” This course, taught by SMEA assistant professor Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and CHID and PoE lecturer July Hazard, highlighted the dynamic boundary that is the shoreline. The course was cross listed among CHID and Honors as well.
This course gave students the opportunity to participate in a field course as well as a weekly seminar. 

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Q & A with Alex Stote

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I made the decision to go back to graduate school while in the middle of a new job search a few years ago. I come from a natural science background, but the job descriptions that attracted me most required a mix of natural and social science training. I realized that to be competitive in the job market, I would need to diversify my analytical skills and learn how to think critically about marine issues from a social science perspective. 

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SMEA Alumni: Where are they now?

By Spencer Showalter
NGO Sector
Sascha Peterson, Class of 2007
Founder and Director of Adaptation International

What has your career path looked like since SMEA?

I did my thesis work at SMA with Ed Miles and Tom Leschine focused on bridging the gap between science and policy in climate change. After graduation, I worked briefly for the Climate Impacts Group at UW helping to develop the first state wide sea level rise projections. 

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Q & A with Alumnus Dan Herlihy

Alumnus Dan R. Herlihy graduated from the School of Marine Affairs in 1985 and is now a Senior Marine Consultant for the The Gerson Lehrman Group. We had a chance to catch up with Dan and hear about his job, his time at SMA, and advice he has for current SMEA students.
Can you give us a brief description of what you do? 

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Why did I-1631 fail?

SMEA Professor and Associate Director Nives Dolšak, UW Director of the Center for Environmental Politics Aseem Prakash and Center for Environmental Politics Fellow Steven M. Karceski recently wrote an article featured on The Hill titled, “Read my lips: No new (carbon) tax.” The article considers why Initiative 1631, the carbon tax, is heading for defeat in the state of Washington, in spite of broad liberal support. 

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