SMEA Faculty Meeting May 7, 2020

The School of Marine & Environmental Affairs will hold its faculty meeting Thursday, May 7, 12:00 – 1:10 pm. Please see below for details on how to join;
Zoom Online Meeting
Phone In
Meeting ID: 925 4640 4529
A copy of the meeting agenda can be found here. 

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Students to Present Thesis Work

On Friday, May 8th and Friday, June 5th, students in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs will offer their findings in their final thesis presentations. Students have been conducting their research for over a year under the guidance of their faculty advisor, as well as other faculty members and industry professionals.
Those presenting on May 8th, including links to their Zoom presentation are below:

Time Slot
Student Name
Thesis Title

Charlotte Dohrn
Olympia oyster restoration: habitat suitability and climate considerations
Terrie Klinger/Sunny Jardine

Emily Buckner
Community Science and Stable Isotopes Analysis: Investigating Spatial Foraging Patterns of a Puget Sound Seabird
Terrie Klinger/Ryan Kelly/Paul Chittaro

Chris Dailey
Regional and climate-driven factors affecting the timing of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) smolt migrations in Alaska
Terrie Klinger/Tom Quinn

Abby Jahn
Do Pacific Salmon Hatchery Programs Work for Their Intended Purpose? 

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A white, adult man is wearing a green jacket, orange turtle neck, a blue backpack, black hat with sunglasses propped on the brim, and is holding ski poles in each hand. He's shown from the waist up standing on snow with trees in the background.

Q&A with Henry Bell

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
After college, I spent four months in the Caribbean conducting environmental research and filming a documentary to raise awareness about some of the more pressing issues facing marine
environments. In 2016, I began teaching marine policy to undergraduates in the South Pacific for Sea Education Association, an ocean research and sailing program. 

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Latest SMEA Publications

Check out these recent publications from SMEA faculty, staff and alumni!
A halo of reduced dinoflagellate abundances in and around eelgrass beds was published by SMEA staff member Emily Jacobs-Palmer, alumna Kelly Cribari, Associate Professor Ryan Kelly, and colleagues in collaboration with the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The findings suggest that eelgrass seems to knock down (sometimes toxic) dinoflagellate populations at a distance. 

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SMEA Spring Speaker Series to Launch

With the Spring Quarter underway remotely, plans have been made to offer the inaugural SMEA Speaker Series virtually as well. Participants can join from the comfort of their own homes from 12:00 to 1:00pm PST, and tune in to hear from three exciting speakers covering a variety of current topics in the marine and environmental realm. While current students have the option to participate for credit, the series is open to all who are interested. 

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SMEA students represent at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Congratulations to SMEA ’20 students Alex Tellez, Elise Lasky and their team for being awarded 3rd place in the 2020 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge! Their team, Kokanee Systems, which included teammates from the Foster School of Business, School of the Environmental and Forest Science, and School of Computer Science and Engineering, competed with a water quality monitoring and alert system consisting of a floating monitor that feeds real-time, continuous data to their custom cloud-based data analytics platform. 

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SMEA response to COVID-19

Leadership at the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs (SMEA) is closely monitoring the local outbreak of the novel coronavirus and is making every effort to address the changing needs of the school community, wherever possible.
SMEA continues to follow all advice and directives set forth by the University of Washington, which are detailed at length on the UW Novel Coronavirus Information Page. 

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SMEA student Chris Boylan stands in a gray sweatshirt and black biking shorts wearing a bike helmet. He stands in front of an interpretive sign with two red bicycles, one on either side of him. There's a body of water in the distance.

Q&A with Chris Boylan

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
I decided to pursue a graduate degree chasing the idea that reconnecting coastal communities to their green and blue spaces would lead to a higher quality of life in those regions as well as generate more preparedness as those communities begin to adapt to the effects of climate change.
Why did you decide to come to UW’s SMEA for graduate school? 

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Fulbright for Angela Cruz ’19

Angela Cruz, a 2019 SMEA graduate, was granted a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. Student research award. Her proposed project is to perform a gender analysis of the blue swimmer crab fishery in Betahwalang and Lampung, Indonesia amidst major fishery reform and development of aquaculture facilities. Gender equity has become a priority for many nations and this project will help to address data gaps regarding men and women’s participation in local fisheries industry. 

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Online advising & support information for SMEA students: Who to contact

Considering the best interest of our students and taking social-distancing steps to support the region’s efforts against the COVID-19 outbreak, SMEA staff is offering online advising options. Please e-mail our staff to schedule an online appointment.
For issues related to current student advising, course registration, and graduation requirements, as well as application to our program and prospective student information, please e-mail Tiffany Dion at or call 206-543-0106. 

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