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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Q & A with Zelin Chen

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
My 4-year undergraduate training in marine resource and environment planted me with a great interest in this field. With passion to explore the field of marine conservation and fishery management further, I spent my time working in environmental NGO. The working experience in NGO determined my interest in engaging in this field, but I felt I wanted to have a more specialized and systematic understanding in my work. 

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Investigating the collective effect of two ocean acidification adaptation strategies

Congratulations to SMEA alum Courtney Greiner, Professor Terrie Klinger and co-authors on their recent publication in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology titled “Habitat effects of macrophytes and shell on carbonate chemistry and juvenile clam recruitment, survival, and growth.” The article is based on Greiner’s thesis research, which investigated the collective effect of two ocean acidification adaptation strategies; shell hash and macrophytes. 

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Cruz wins Best Paper Award at GAF7 Global Conference

Congratulations to SMEA student Angela Cruz who won the “Best Paper Award” for students at the 7th Global Conference on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF7) in Bangkok, Thailand. Her oral presentation titled “Addressing Gender Gaps from a Programmatic Perspective” discussed how USAID programs perform gender mainstreaming in fisheries and the challenges they face in doing so. The presentation was based on Cruz’s preliminary results from her thesis work that was conducted while she was interning with a USAID project in Jakarta, Indonesia over the summer. 

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SMEA Professor awarded NSF Grant to Study Economics of Recreational Fishers

By Spencer Showalter
SMEA professor Dr. Sunny Jardine, a resource and environmental economist, is on a team of researchers who were awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation last fall. The broad goal of the research funded by the grant is to understand how ecological and social processes shape recreational fisheries at the landscape scale by studying recreational fishing in the Northern Highland Lakes district in Wisconsin. 

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If Liberal Billionaires Really Wanted To Change Politics, Hereʼs What Theyʼd Do

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 Huffington Post titled, “If Liberal Billionaires Really Wanted to Change Politics, Here’s What They’d Do.” Many are frustrated by the inaction (or retreat) on climate policy at the federal level. In part, this is due to the institutional mechanism through which we elect our representatives. 

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Bagley wins Society for Ecological Restoration student poster contest

Congratulations to SMEA student Ashley Bagley, whose poster on temperature variation and salmon abundance in Stillaguamish River floodplains won first place in the student poster competition at the Restoring Resilient Communities in Changing Landscapes Conference. The conference, hosted by the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Society of Wetland Scientists, brought together scientists, practitioners and decision makers to share knowledge about the ways in which ecological restoration can build resilience of ecological and human communities in changing landscapes. 

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Giving back: Dan Tonnes as liaison for SMEA, NOAA

By Kaitlin Lebon
Graduate school is challenging. While some students enter SMEA fully prepared with a preconceived thesis project, others can be stumped. Funding, or lack thereof, is a reality for some incoming SMEA students and can influence a student’s approach to thesis or capstone work. For those students, it can be difficult to know where to start looking for ideas or connections. 

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