Environmentalists need to think globally, but act locally

SMEA Professor Nives Dolsak and UW Center for Environmental Politics Director Aseem Prakash recently wrote an article for The Conversation titled “Climate politics: Environmentalists need to think globally, but act locally.” President Trump signed an executive order this week to roll back the Clean Power Plan, his predecessorʼs signature measure to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Trump calls such measures job-killers, and his pledge to strike them down won him votes in Rust Belt states. 

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Preferences for Tidal Energy Research and Development

Congratulations to SMEA alumni Hilary Polis (’16) and SMEA Postdoc Stacia Dryer for their recent article published in Ecological Economics. Their article “Public Willingness to Pay and Policy Preferences for Tidal Energy Research and Development: A Study of Households in Washington State” looks at the Puget Sound area in Washington State, which has significant tidal energy resources, but a ways to go to develop the industry. 

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2 SMEA Students win NSF Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Hannah Bassett and Jessica Hernandez on being awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships. Bassett  was the awardee for ‘political ecology’ and Hernandez was the awardee for ‘environmental justice.’ The fellowships will allow Bassett and Hernandez to continue their doctorate studies and research. In all, the NSF named 2,000 individuals as this year’s recipients of awards from its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). 

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SMEA Welcomes Ramon Gallego

SMEA would like to welcome its newest post-doc Ramon Gallego! Ramon comes to SMEA from the University of Auckland, where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow. Ramon is working with Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly measuring the effects of ocean acidification using environmental DNA. Ramon’s office is on the 2nd floor of the MAR building, Room 235. Stop by and say hello or email him at rgallego@uw.edu. 

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Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat

Congratulations to SMEA postdoc Jimmy O’Donnell for leading his new paper “Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat” to publication! Additional authors include SMEA Assistant Professor Ryan Kelly, SMEA alumna Natalie Lowell, and collaborators Jameal Samhouri, Ole Shelton, and Greg Williams. The paper shows that environmental DNA in the nearshore marine environment (in this case Carkeek Park in north Seattle) does not travel very far at all, such that eDNA samples show a very local snapshot of marine biodiversity. 

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Yes, consumers can change public policies — sometimes. Here are the challenges.

SMEA Professor Nives Dolšak and UW Professor Aseem Prakash recently authored an article featured on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage titled “Yes, consumers can change public policies — sometimes. Here are the challenges.” The article discusses how consumer movements can succeed in changing corporate policies, but political consumerism faces challenges and has a harder time changing public policy. To read the full article, click here. 

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SMEA Winter Speaker Series – Thursday, March 2, 2:30 pm, Ussif Rashid Sumaila

Join SMEA as we welcome Ussif Rashid Sumaila, who will speak about “Effective high seas management is necessary for the sustainability of the global ocean” Thursday, March 2, 2:30-3:20 in Fishery Sciences (FSH) 102.
Dr. Sumaila is Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. from Bergen University, Norway, and holds a B.Sc. 

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An analysis of women and gender equality considerations in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans

SMEA Alum Barbara Clabots recently authored a report for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) titled, “Gender and biodiversity: Analysis of women and gender equality considerations in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).” The report examines how women and gender equality considerations are included in National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs), the principal mechanisms for implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at the national level. 

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Q & A With Amy Brodbeck

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
Upon graduating with a biology degree, I spent five years working in the field of environmental education, predominantly in marine environments. My work exposed me to issues that stretched outside the bounds of pure science, and piqued my interest in marine management and policy. I chose to study marine affairs to deepen my understanding of the relationship between humans and marine environments to learn how we can become better stewards of our oceans. 

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Developing an Integrated Ocean Research Network

SMEA Professor Patrick Christie recently attended an international workshop in Kiel, Germany hosted by Future Earth to highlight the importance of human dimensions ocean science and links to policy making. The “Workshop on the Development of an Integrative Ocean Research Network (Future Earth Oceans Knowledge-Action Network)” assembled around 100 representatives from several existing academic and practitioner communities dealing with ocean sustainability. 

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