Q & A with Samantha Farquhar

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I came from a more traditional marine biology background, and used to be quite happy just studying fishes. After a while, I realized that all of the environmental issues I was really concerned with had to do with people. I realized that I needed more training in social sciences and policy in addition to my existing biology skills. 

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A Green Economy Must Achieve Climate Justice

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 Regulatory Review titled, “A Green Economy Must Achieve Climate Justice.” The article discusses environmental policy and how “somebody, somewhere has to pay for climate protection.” Often it is the underprivileged that suffers the brunt of climate neglect. 

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When in Rome…Study Fisheries

By Sam Farquhar and Priscilla Rivas
If you had told us ten months ago that we would be writing this from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, I don’t think we would have believed you. Our first year at SMEA was a whirlwind of homework, research, jobs, and of course, happy hours. But it all culminated in May when we found out we would be interning together at FAO this summer in the Fisheries Policy, Economics and Institutions Branch in Rome, Italy. 

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Human dimensions of tidal energy: A review of theories and frameworks

Congratulations to former SMEA Assistant Professor Kiki Jenkins, former SMEA Postdoc Stacia Dreyer and several SMEA alums on the recent publication of their work Human dimensions of tidal energy: A review of theories and frameworks. This paper was published in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and provides a comprehensive review of theories and frameworks for understanding and managing human dimensions of tidal energy, including several theories about the human aspect of the innovation of emerging renewable energy technologies. 

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SMEA Students Represent in Sea Grant Program Fellowships

By Mackenzie Nelson
Sea Grant Program fellowships give students the opportunity to apply the skills they developed during their graduate careers to solve real world problems with professionals in the marine science and policy fields. This year eight SMEA graduates were selected for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, the Washington Sea Grant State Fellowship (formerly the Marc Hershman Fellowship), and the Alaska Sea Grant State Fellowship. 

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Celebrate the Highs: Highlights from SMEA 2017-2018

By Allie Brown
Ask any SMEA student who recently graduated what their highlight of the year was and it’ll likely be just that, graduating. Finishing the thesis, capstone, course load, etcetera and promptly going to Agua Verde across the street in celebration, or possibly going home and taking a much deserved nap. But graduation isn’t all the good stuff that happened in the past year. 

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Looking back: retrospectives from two recent SMEA grads

The start of the new school year is just around the corner and it won’t be long before the UW campus is buzzing with students and faculty back in class. But before we move forward into this new academic year, we wanted a chance to reflect back on SMEA’s most recent graduating class. Two recent grads, Danielle Edelman and Valerie Cleland, look back at their time at SMEA sharing their experiences, insights and take aways. 

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Q & A with Tressa Arbow

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
As an undergrad I studied Government and African Studies and I was originally interested in international education policy. I taught English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda for two years and taught middle school in Austin for a few after that, and throughout that time I was becoming more and more interested in environmental issues. 

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Chen Awarded MSC Scholarship

Congratulations to Zelin Chen who has been awarded a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Scholarship Research Program award. Zelin will apply his award towards his research into quota-based management of the Chinese red swimmer crab fishery. Red swimming crab is valuable to local fishing communities in China and plays an important role in global seafood trade. Zelin will study the perceptions of key stakeholders and review existing literature. 

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Seattle’s smoky summers are becoming the new normal

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, “Seattle’s smoky summers are becoming the new normal.” Last summer, Seattle was under a cloud of smoke for several weeks from fires that burned in the Cascade mountains and Eastern Washington. Once again, Seattle and surrounding areas find they are shrouded in smoke, this year from fires in British Columbia, Oregon and California. 

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