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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Puget Sound eelgrass beds create a ‘halo’ with fewer harmful algae, new method shows

Eelgrass, a species of seagrass named for its long slippery texture, is one of nature’s superheroes. It offers shade and camouflage for young fish, helps anchor shorelines, and provides food and habitat for many marine species.
A University of Washington study adds one more superpower to the list of eelgrass abilities: warding off the toxin-producing algae that regularly close beaches to shellfish harvests. 

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Q&A with Bridget Harding

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
Growing up in the scorching, drought-stricken Sonoran Desert made my annual family trip to San Diego really special. I was always amazed by the waves, the seashells, and the pure joy everyone experiences at the beach. When I finally visited my first aquarium (shoutout to the Birch Aquarium!) I became even more fascinated with the world below the waves. 

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On Thursday, June 11, 2020 the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs held its graduation ceremony via Zoom. A welcome was given by SMEA Director, Nives Dolsak, followed by opening remarks from the College of the Environment Dean, Lisa Graumlich, and a special keynote speaker. Graduating students Charlotte Dohrn and Sallie Lau were nominated as the class of 2020 student speakers. 

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SMEA Faculty Meeting, June 4, 2020

The School of Marine & Environmental Affairs will hold its faculty meeting Thursday, June 4, 12:00 – 1:05 pm. Please see below for details on how to join;
Zoom Online Meeting
Phone In
Meeting ID: 999 0903 5676
A copy of the meeting agenda can be found here. 

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New Map Helps People Find Local Seafood

A new tool through the University of Washington Sustainable Fisheries initiative compiles information about where to find seafood using a map to easily track down local, sustainable catch for delivery or direct sales. An article about the initiative in Forbes explains “The goal of the map is to support small seafood businesses by making their transition to direct sales just a little bit easier”. 

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Hayes receives 2020 Best Dissertation Honorable Mention from Public Management Research Association

Congratulations to SMEA Postdoctoral Scholar Adam Hayes for receiving the 2020 Best Dissertation Honorable Mention from the Public Management Research Association. Hayes’s dissertation, entitled Four Essays on Decentralized Markets in Management and Policy, empirically examines the information brokers in creating and facilitating markets to achieve policy goals. Dr. Hayes examines municipal bond markets and fishing quota markets to analyze these dynamics. 

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College of the Environment Third Annual Environmental Justice Conference

The College of the Environment will host its third annual environmental justice conference virtually on Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Among the workshops offered will be one by SMEA’s own Professor Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Program on the Environment Lecturer Eli Wheat. They will lead a workshop in block II titled Queer Ecologies: Solidarity, Science, Politics.
The full conference agenda can be accessed here. 

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