Name Degree & School Experience & Interests
Allen, Maggie B.A., Environmental Studies-Sociology, Whitman College

Maggie graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Environmental Studies-Sociology in 2012, and has since delved into the world of marine conservation. She served as an AmeriCorps member at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in Oregon, and then moved to Tasmania for eight months, where she assisted with communications concerning Antarctic fisheries management and climate activism. Passionate about justice and a healthy marine ecosystem, Maggie wishes to work in community based marine resource management and environmental communications.


Antonius, Ben B.A., English, University of California, Davis

Benjamin has worked for Foterra, collecting field data and developing techniques for estimating carbon impacts for offset purposes, and analyzing water pollution and permit data to propose potential pilot projects. He would ultimately like to have a career that combines his interest in applied science, the outdoors, and have a role in hands-on habitat restoration work.


Baker, Ian B.S., Biology, University of Florida

Ian is interested in public perception of farm raised fish versus fresh-caught and its implications towards management of fishery populations. He studied local environmental and ecological management at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia over the summer of 2011.


Bassett, Hannah B.S., Biology, University of California, San Diego

Hannah has a background in the marine natural sciences, but her passion for understanding the complete picture of marine resource use and management lead her to the innately interdisciplinary field of fisheries science. Hannah’s general research interests revolve around how small-scale fisheries can be best studied and managed to ensure sustainability of both the natural and human components of the system. Specifically, she is interested in how small-scale fisheries are assessed to inform balanced, appropriate, and holistic management as well as how human values affect the adoption and ultimate success of management measures. Currently, Hannah acts as Research Assistant for Professor Eddie Allison, Project Coordinator for the Small-scale and Artisanal Fisheries Research Network, or SAFRN, and as a consultant and scientific diver for Sirenas Marine Discovery, a group focused on development of anti-cancer medicines inspired by the chemistry of simple marine organisms.


Bastian, Liliana B.S., Environmental Geosciences, Concentration on Coastal and Marine Environments, Texas A&M

Lili’s interest in marine affairs stems from her broader fascination with how the world uses its food resources and the resulting environmental and societal impacts. She previously studies marine and coastal environments from a physical geography perspective, and she’d now like to explore the social factors of marine affairs. She has experience in science writing education and non-profit communications.


Beaver, Ezra B.A., Environmental Studies, Political Science, American Studies, Eckerd College St. Petersburg, FL

Ezra grew up on the coastal salt ponds of southern Rhode Island. He has worked in Washington and Alaska as a commercial salmon fisherman. For the past 3 years he has worked for a marine focused environmental consultation firm in Port Townsend, WA specializing in data management and mapping. Clients include NOAA and the Army Corps of Engineers among others. Ezra hopes to study the management of contaminated sediments and seaport environmental compliance while attending SMEA.


Beverlin, Kristina B.A., Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Economics, Univ. of Kansas

At age 19 Kristina worked for the local CBS affiliate in Kansas City (KCTV) where she created, produced and hosted a weekly public affairs television program geared towards the interests of teenagers. Along with her triple major from KU, Kristina also has a minor in Film and Media Studies. She devotes much of her free time to film research (with a particular emphasis on female filmmakers). In 2013 Kristina worked as an Energy Performance Coordinator on a project at the University of Kansas, where she developed a unique grading system designed to encourage campus faculty and staff to use less energy. When she is not traveling (her most favorite pastime), Kristina spends most of her time in various yoga or circus arts classes, rock climbing or simply staying inside with her two special-needs kitties.


Blair, Kathryn B.A., Biology & Psychology, Univ. of Missouri

Kathryn was a fisheries observer with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon. She later developed an interest in aquaculture while performing regulatory aquatic toxicity studies. She is currently a Marine Science Interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium. Kathryn is interested in the future of sustainable seafood, with an emphasis on aquaculture.


Blake, Trina B.A., Geology, Carleton College; J.D., University of Oregon

Trina worked as a public defender (for TDA) in Seattle for 11 years after law school followed by a position at the NW Energy Coalition as a policy associate for 3 years, mainly focusing on early carbon/global warming issues, then on green energy. She is married with 4 children ages 7-20 and her oldest is also in college!


Boyes, Kayla B.S., Biology w/ Psychology minor, Purdue Univ., Fort Wayne

Kayla spent much of her undergraduate career researching the terrestrial invasive species emerald ash borer, and is now interested in learning more about marine conservation and invasive species management. She also studied abroad in the Bahamas and through the School for Field Studies at a marine protected area in the remote Turks and Caicos Islands exploring the challenges of managing an MPA. Kayla is interested in someday researching for a government or non-profit agency or working for a marine protected area, while also sharing the importance of marine conservation with others.


Brodbeck, Amy B.S., Biology, Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada

As an undergraduate student, Amy explored both terrestrial and aquatic biology and quickly realized her affinity for water. In 2009, she worked as a fisheries biotechnician in Yellowstone National Park, gillnetting thousands of invasives on the Lake Trout Removal Project. Upon receiving her biology degree, she continued working on the water, this time as a whale-watching naturalist in Gustavus, Alaska. She now works as an interpretive (educational) park ranger in Glacier Bay National Park and is passionate about sharing the whales, glaciers, and expansive wilderness that have called her back to the area for the past five summers. In the off-seasons, she has gotten her feet wet in a variety of experiences, ranging from guiding whale watch tours on Maui to working at a marine field station in Chilean Patagonia. She is looking forward to delving deeper into the political and economic aspects of marine conservation to help bridge the gap between science and the general public.


Brostrom, Sara M.A.T., Secondary Science Education, Johns Hopkins University

Sara’s fieldwork experience includes a fisheries internship in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, she worked at a sea turtle hatchery in Guatemala, and she participated in various ecology focused investigations while obtaining her biology degree at Western Washington University. Also, Sara has 5 years of experience as a public school science teacher in Baltimore and Seattle. Lastly, Sara diversified her teaching experience by becoming a field science educator in the Olympic National Park where she led multiple programs and a backcountry field research course. At SMEA, Sara is interested in both fisheries and climate change and the intersection of environmental policy and public school curriculum.


Cheney, Jack B.A., International Relations, Boston University

Since graduating college Jack has attended culinary school, worked as a chef and most recently bought and sold seafood for a large seafood supplier in New York City.  He wants to combine his knowledge of the seafood industry with his background in international policy to pursue sustainable seafood solutions both in aquaculture and wild fisheries protection.  Bridging the gap between policy makers and consumers is an important goal of his in Marine Affairs.


Cline, Michael B.A., Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University

Michael recently graduated from his undergrad program at Coastal Carolina University, and during his stay there worked at their local, on-campus Environmental Quality Lab.  The EQL at Coastal Carolina is a nonprofit laboratory that seeks to educate students on current methods in environmental science, and while working for the EQL assisted with several Microbial Source Tracking projects.  He is interested in continuing his education by studying the regulatory processes associated with environmental law.


Clos-Versailles, Sebastien B.Sc., Biology, McGill University

Sebastien has been an intern at Oceans Research in South Africa where he aided several masters students on research ranging from great white sharks photo identification to dolphin and whale tracking to shark husbandry. Prior to his work in South Africa, Sebastien spent time on Vancouver Island assisting in research on resident Grey Whales. He is interested in marine protected areas and their effectiveness on the preservation of marine life as well as the management and implementation of sustainable fisheries.


Coberly, Jerilyn B.S., Earth and Space Sciences, Geology, Univ. of Washington

Jerilyn grew up near the beach on Camano Island, Washington, sparking an early interest in geology/oceanography and a love for the Puget Sound. She studied Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, but spent half of her undergraduate career working for the Puget Sound Foram Project at the Burke Museum. The project examined how foraminifera, a type of marine microorganism, have been affected by either natural or anthropogenic changes in Puget Sound over time. This experience led to an interest in bridging the gap between scientists, policy-makers, and the public.


Dallstream, Kiersten B.S., Wildlife Ecology, Washington State University

Kiersten is a professional soccer player and has been on the move for awhile. She is excited to finally be able to stay in one place and both play and go to school in Seattle. She is limited on experience in Marine and Environmental Affairs but has always been fascinated by it.


Dawson, Claire BComm Co-op, Dalhousie University, Canada

Claire has traveled all over Asia and is an avid scuba diver. She has worked in the Similan and Surin islands as a Divemaster and is in the role of the private sector in marine resource conservation. She is working on a project in partnership with the WorldFish Center to determine appropriate entry points for private sector investment in smallholder aquaculture enterprises and exploring the validity of inclusive business to do so. She has a special interest in developing the commercial and environmental sustainability of these smallholders to combat poverty and malnutrition in developing countries.


Desillier, Megan B.A., Classics, San Diego State University

Megan has lived along the coast of Southern California which sparked her interest in oil platforms and coastal management. She has grown up enjoying the environment, specifically the ocean. She has shadowed her father in his work both in the United States Coast Guard and more recently in his position of a California Commercial Fishing Boat Inspector. Megan is interested in working with the oil platforms off of the coast of Southern California through policy enforcement and environmental consulting.


Dvorak, Michelle B.S., Chemistry, Seattle University

Michelle partnered with Doug Latch, professor of Environmental and Analytical Chemistry at Seattle U., to assess the lifetime and potential environmental persistence of BPA substitutes used in the plastics industry.  She is interested in the environmental and biological impact of oil and waste spills, and the policy that determines both their prevention and their mitigation.


Evrard, Raye B.S., Program in the Environment with concentration in marine and freshwater ecosystems, University of Michigan

Raye grew up surrounded by the beautiful Great Lakes and this proximity has created a love and fascination for large bodies of water. She is especially interested in marine pollution management and marine environmental protection due to the problems the Great Lakes have faced. She has previously studied marine environments through the use of hard sciences, such as biology and ecology, and is now very excited to study these ecosystems through a more human perspective.


Ferrara, Grace B.S., Biology, Univ. of Puget Sound

Grace has spent two years in the animal care field, first as an aquarium intern at Sea Life Park, Hawaii, then as a Zookeeper at the Point Defiance Zoo with their collection of marine mammals and birds, and now as a Bird and Mammal Care Volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. She has also been a research fellow at the Marine Conservation Institute here in Seattle since June studying fisheries management plans all over the world to identify protections against bottom trawling. She is interested in studying the use of traditional ecological knowledge in managing marine protected areas, as well as the ways in which protecting discrete areas affects highly mobile marine mammal populations.


Freeman, Rachel B.A., International Studies: Political Science, Southwestern University

Through years of research and work in Latin America, Rachel developed an interest in water issues both from a policy standpoint and out of concern for the real effects they had on the environment and people’s lives. From deteriorating aqueduct systems in Panama, to frightening levels of water toxicity and scarcity in Ecuador, she quickly realized the need to go beyond analyzing the infrastructures that continued to fail those they were intended to serve, to finding real solutions, thus propelling her into pursuing a degree through SMEA. She recently completed three years of service as a bilingual teacher with Teach For America, and hopes to find a hands-on career working on water quality and marine conservation issues.


Giordano, Christopher B.S., Marine Science and B.A., Spanish, Eckerd College

Witnessing the economic collapse and the upset anglers experienced during the BP oil spill as an intern spurred Chris towards the sustainable livelihoods approach of fisheries management. Since then he has researched the practicality of applying those methods to different maritime Hispanic communities, especially Cuba. Most recently, he interned with the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program creating a social survey and strengthening the relationship between local anglers and scientists.


Gordon, Lindsay B.A., Marine Affairs & Policy, Economics, University of Miami

Lindsay has conducted research in the Galapagos Islands while participating in socio-ecological and marine conservation projects, as well as a community outreach program. She also worked for NOAA Fisheries analyzing the ecological and economic health of the shrimp fishery and has contributed to Earth Island Institute’s Dolphin Project. Lindsay enjoys working at the interface of natural and social sciences to support optimal environmental management and conservation decisions. Her greatest interest lies in improving the management of marine protected areas.


Greene, Angelica B.A., Psychology and English, University of Arizona

Angelica’s background is in social work and family services. Her most recent experience has been in direct practice home visiting for a nationally accredited child abuse prevention and parent education program. Her interests are in social change and the assessment of environmental value in coastal communities. Angelica is also interested in conservation policy and environmental education.


Greiner, Courtney B.S., Environmental Science with an emphasis in marine ecology and minor in geography, Western Washington University

Courtney currently works as a shellfish biologist for the Swinomish Tribe where her primary task includes conducting intertidal and subtidal bivalve biomass surveys to determine harvest quotas. She also implements projects to restore native species and assess climate change impacts on tribally-important shellfish resources. Courtney is attending SMEA to strengthen her ability to conduct research that examines climate change and ocean acidification impacts on shellfish. Her main interest is assessing the effectiveness of mitigation and adaptation strategies in order to better inform management and policy development.


Hamlin, Haley B.S., Environmental Science, Baylor

Fresh out of her undergraduate schooling, Haley is an avid scuba diver and has traveled to over ten countries. She has extensive training in the field of geographic information systems and has worked previously as a veterinary technician at a local animal hospital. She is interested in pursuing a doctorate degree in marine biology to work in the field of marine conservation, specifically the trade industry of marine organisms and the impact of international policy on the management of migratory marine species.


Hart, Chris B.S., Biology, Univ. of Washington

Chris interned with Oceans Research performing marine conservation research projects primarily focused on white sharks in South Africa. While there, Chris helped analyze biological data regarding monitoring of white shark population dynamics, documenting behavioral ecology relating to trophic interactions in Mossel Bay and promoted marine conservation and education out of the Ocean’s Research operated public aquarium. He is interested in effective management of marine protected areas, and how public education and outreach can increase the effectiveness of these areas. Chris is also interested in the management of conservation strategies and how these will adapt in the face of increasing climate change.


Hernandez, Jessica

(Tribal affiliations: Maya/Zapotec)

B.A., Marine Science & Italian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Jessica Hernandez’s double major in Marine Science and Italian Studies allowed her to expand her passion for marine affairs with courses, internships and international research. As a Berkeley alumna, Jessica worked in the Coastal Waters Consortium transforming research from multi-disciplinary projects that analyzed the effects of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill on the Gulf of Mexico and Terrebonne Bay.  She is the founder of Kaknab and co-founder of the Jaws and Paws Foundation, two conservation and educational nonprofits focusing on the oceans and endangered species. Jessica hopes to continue expanding her horizons and professional skill sets at the University of Washington to help implement community-based solutions that will mitigate the harmful impacts environmental problems have on the ocean and the coastal indigenous cultures it sustains. Her long-term goal is to take her educational experiences back to her tribal land and help the Water People manage their environmental resources.


Hillier, Annie B.A., Biology, The Colorado College

Annie strengthened her desire to advocate for healthy oceans while working as a Marine Naturalist aboard tour vessels in Maui. During these four years she came to understand the importance and potential of increased public awareness of the many challenges that the marine environment faces, and worked to empower individuals to become stewards of the environment. She is interested in public outreach as well as designing and implementing whole-systems approaches to managing the sustainability of the oceans.


Holstein, Danielle B.A., Philosophy, Pomona College

Danielle currently works for Seattle Public Utilities, creating educational videos for Seattle residents addressing environmental behavior changes. In addition, she works as a research assistant for Professor Nives Dolsak on a project relating to indicators of well-being in coastal communities. As an undergraduate, Danielle enjoyed research projects from other fields including philosophy, politics, and social psychology. Her interests include behavior change and decision-making, grant writing, and most recently, fisheries.


Jensen, Kaitlyn B.A., Marine Affairs, University of Miami

Since graduating from University of Miami, Kaitlyn has relocated to Seattle where she was an intern at the Port of Seattle in the Travel and Recreation Division. Kaitlyn worked at the Port’s recreational facilities, supervising community events and working in everyday marina operations. She is interested in international policy related to marine industries and the environment and practical and realistic application and implementation of those policies.


Kanayurak, Nicole B.A., Environmental Studies, Dartmouth College

Nicole interned with the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management where she reviewed natural resource development projects occurring in the Arctic, participated in marine mammal co-management meetings, and worked on subsistence issues in Alaska. Nicole assisted in conducting coastal beach surveys and collecting data on marine resources. As an undergraduate Nicole was a research assistant who analyzed tundra samples important to climate change research.   Nicole is a youth representative to the Inuit Circumpolar Council Food Security Advisory Council and enjoys participating in subsistence activities. She is interested in Arctic policy and co-management particularly as it relates to Indigenous communities.


Kennard, Haley B.A., Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara

Haley lived in Brazil after graduation and worked on a project mapping environmental health risks in coastal slum communities. She then worked in the health non-profit sector and is interested in the interaction between health, poverty, and the environment. She grew up in Hawaii and on the California coast and wants to learn about how those (and other) marine environments and their ecosystems can be protected and their resources managed sustainably and effectively.


Kralj, James B.S., Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

As an undergraduate, James took advantage of numerous research opportunities, both on and off campus. Beginning his sophomore year he used biogeochemical computer models to investigate the impacts of invasive quagga mussels on the ecology of Lake Michigan. James also worked as an Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar with the Environmental Protection Agency at the Hatfield Marine Science Center to study the effects of algae on rates of sediment oxidation in several estuaries along the Oregon coast. James was also fortunate to have studied abroad in Ecuador where he learned about and researched the ecology of the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest, and the Galápagos Islands.  Additionally, James completed a summer internship at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand where he worked to clone fungal genes into bacteria for drug production. As a student at SMEA, James is greatly looking forward to enhancing his scientific background while simultaneously learning about the social and political aspects of the marine environment.


Lee, Timothy B.A., Environmental Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

As an undergraduate, Tim has interned at NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service here in Seattle, WA, and at National Fisheries Research & Development Institute in South Korea shortly after graduating. In the past few years he has collaborated in interdisciplinary marine science projects and participated in various research cruises with different foci (stock assessment, benthic ecology, and plankton ecology just to name a few) in different parts of the world, including Sea of Japan, Gulf of Mexico, and the Pacific Northwest. He is interested in building management strategies to ensure marine ecosystems’ resilience under climate change and other anthropogenic stresses.


Li, Yunzhou Bachelor of Agriculture, Marine Fishery Science and Technology, Ocean University of China

As an undergraduate, Yunzhou worked as a lab assistant and started her own research project at Ocean Univ. of China Student Research Development Program. She also led a team that established a simulated company to promote a biological filter for circulating water cultivation. She is interested in effective management of marine resources and is determined to be an active member in transforming the industry into a more ecologically sustainable and socially responsible one.


Lyles, Jillian B.S., Science of Earth Systems, Cornell University

In the past, Jillian has researched the impacts of physiological stressors and disease on Caribbean Sea fans at Cornell University and the effect of acidification and nutrient availability on Atlantic surf clams at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Most recently, she worked on the Big Island of Hawaii as a teaching/program assistant for Cornell University’s Earth & Environmental Science Sustainability Field Semester program. She holds strong interests in implementing traditional/local ecological knowledge (TEK/LEK) with western science, specifically in coupling ecosystem-based management approaches with TEK/LEK to better inform marine resource management decisions.


Macks, Samantha B.S., Marine Science and Biology, University of Tampa

Samantha has been a teaching assistant in a variety of classes at the University of Tampa including Marine Ecology, Marine Botany, Biological Diversity and Biology. She’s also assisted in research on seahorses and pipefishes in Tampa Bay.   She’s interested in understanding the socio-economic issues that surround the management of critical coastal ecosystems. Samantha would eventually like to pursue a career in academia as a professor or researcher.


McGrew, Scott B.S., Management, Excelsior College

LT McGrew has been in the United States Coast Guard for 17 years.  He has served at coastal stations on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, as well as the Great Lakes.  Most recently he served as the Commanding Officer of Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, WA.  His unit was responsible for search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, and homeland security at the mouth of the Columbia River, the most dangerous river bar in America. McGrew’s station and its 82 personnel ensured the safe passage of over 2 billion dollars in commerce, and thousands of commercial fishing vessels each year.  In addition to being a recognized search and rescue professional, McGrew has extensive experience in fisheries law enforcement. The Coast Guard’s Living Marine Resource program is sponsoring McGrew’s studies at UW.  He hopes to gain a greater understanding of coastal and ocean law, public policy, and the science behind fisheries management regimes.  His primary area of interest is the sustainment of living marine resources, while balancing the economic impacts of policy and technology changes on small coastal fishing communities.


McMillin, Neal B.A., Economics & B.A., Southern Studies, University of Mississippi

During his undergraduate studies Neal spent a summer backpacking through Scotland and Northern Ireland where he researched the socio-economic and environmental impacts of the emerging wave and tidal energy industry for his undergraduate thesis. This sparked his interest in the transfer of the new renewables sector to U.S. waters.


McTiernan, Kaylie B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University

Kaylie graduated from Northeastern University in 2014 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She loves to travel and spent a year living and working in New Zealand. Focusing on renewable energy, she worked at an ocean wave energy company and completed a wind turbine capstone project. She now hopes to understand how tidal energy can be sustainable taking into account technical, economic, environmental, and human dimensions.


Mossler, Max B.S., Biological Sciences: ecology & evolution, Arizona State University

Finding joy in helping others understand the wonder in science, Max has mostly worked as an educator. Science demonstrations in elementary school classrooms gave way to teaching as an instructor at the Phoenix Zoo; eventually pushing him to pursue an REU grant for education research at the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies. He is interested in furthering peoples’ understanding of environmental issues in hopes of improving overall effectiveness of marine protected areas and other conservation measures.


Murray, Erin B.A., Environmental Studies, Western Washington University

Erin has worked with a variety of governmental agencies and global enterprises and hopes to bring her experiences into her graduate research in order to find innovative solutions to complex aquatic resource management challenges. As a Seattle native, Erin can usually be found identifying resident orcas or local plant and bird species throughout the Northwest. In her undergraduate studies, Erin specialized in Environmental Policy which she utilized while interning with state and local agencies. At the Port of Seattle, Erin worked with their seaport division on superfund remediation and water quality projects. During her work with the Washington Department of Transportation, she identified native species to monitor regrowth of mitigation wetlands. After these internships, Erin worked as content developer at Microsoft where she worked with stakeholders to dictate product narratives for large enterprise customers.


Naylor-Leyland, Nicholas B.A., Liberal Studies, SUNY Purchase

A lifelong fisherman, Nicholas is pleased to be surrounded by water in his new “hometown.” Prior to this new phase of life he’s worked as a musician/songwriter, a yoga teacher, and as a grants evaluator/facilitator. He just received a SUP instructor certification (and is happy to give lessons to fellow SMEA folks). He’s interested in ecosystem-based management, MPAs, fisheries concerns, and the people that have them. He’s love to do more fly fishing while living here, in both salt and fresh water.


Nixon, Marisa B.S., Resource Economics and Commerce, University of Rhode Island

During her undergraduate career, Marisa spent a significant amount of time with the Rhode Island Sea Grant Climate Change Collaborative, creating behavior change models and outreach tools to make climate change science more accessible to the public. Post college, she spent two years with a Seattle based non-profit engaging in environmental restoration with volunteers from around the world. Most recently, she has worked for several different organizations that teach marine science aboard sailboats, in the Salish Sea and Caribbean. Marisa is passionate about actively engaging communities in the management of natural resources, and proactively creating policies surrounding the impacts of global climate change.


Polis, Hilary B.S., Oregon State University, Environmental Economics, Policy, and Management and Oceanography

Hilary previously worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she conducted human dimensions research to help determine the socioeconomic impacts associated with new marine reserves and marine protected areas along the Oregon Coast. She also investigated the ecological impacts of marine reserves on the Great Barrier Reef for her undergraduate thesis. Hilary most recently spent time working with a marine veterinarian and conducting fieldwork off of the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. She seeks to combine her interests in oceanography, social science, and economics at SMEA, where she will study the human dimensions of tidal energy.


Pucylowski, Teressa B.S., Conservation Biology, SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Teressa has worked as research assistant for Allied Whale photo identifying humpback whales and gathering data for population studies. She currently works as a whale watching naturalist in Monterey, CA and volunteers Tuna Research and Conservation Center where she is involved in research on the energetics of tuna. She is interested in the effects of climate change, particularly on fishing communities. She would like to focus on marine policy that encompasses both the human aspects of fisheries as wells as the health of the marine populations.


Rivera, David B.S., Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

David has spent the last five years working for the Joint Institute of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) a cooperative institute run by UW and NOAA, where he supports a variety of collaborative field research projects at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). His interests lie in oceanographic data collection and remote sensing through marine technology and the impact that this technology has on the research community’s ability to create policy.


Rosewall, Sara B.S., Marine Science, The Evergreen State College

Sara rediscovered her passion for marine life while completing her undergrad at Evergreen. After graduation, she moved to Seattle and fell in love city, spending time volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium in outreach and conservation. Most recently, Sara has spent the past year and a half working for the Smithsonian Marine Station in Florida, studying benthic and fouling communities throughout the Indian River Lagoon and working for the IMPACT program, helping establish sustainable fisheries throughout the Caribbean. While at SMEA, she is interested in exploring sustainable and responsible management of marine resources while addressing local socio-economic issues to create sustainable and profitable fisheries. Sara’s goal is to bridge the gap between developing science and marine policy, at a local and global level.


Rogier, Thea B.A., Biology, UCSB

Thea has worked with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project since 2012 tagging nesting females and in-water juveniles. Her work also involved educational outreach through organized public hatchling releases and fundraising. She has taught a UCSB class on environmental issues including renewable energy and sustainable living. Thea is interested in improving the connection between marine research and local communities that it may benefit.


Russell, Hannah B.S., Conservation and Resource Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Hannah’s self-designed major, titled “Environmental Alienation,” focused on the deconstruction of the nature-culture dichotomy. She interned at Environmental Defense Fund in the Oceans Innovations program, where she co-authored the paper Cooperative strategies in fisheries management: integrating across scales (Fujita et. al.). She is interested in the application of stewardship theory to the management of small-scale fisheries, the protection of indigenous fishing cultures, the allocation of fishing rights, and the facilitation of mutually beneficial relationships between fisher people and fish conservation scientists.


Ryan-Penuela, Erin B.A., International Communications, Concentration on environmental communication, Franklin University Switzerland

Most recently, Erin co-instructed a series of field based service learning courses in Human Ecology with the Edmonds Community College LEAF School. Previously, she worked with National Geographic Natural History Unit in Washington DC where she worked on films including: Mysteries of the Moose, the Great Inca Rebellion, Sylvia Early Biography, Great Migrations and the Kingdom of the Blue Whale. At SMEA her work focuses on the role of traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous communities in coastal management and near-shore climate change vulnerabilities and mitigation.


Sayre, Colin B.S., Marine Biology, California State University: Long Beach

Colin has worked as a Northwest Pacific Groundfish Observer in Alaska living on board commercial fishing vessels to support ongoing management with the National Marine Fisheries Service. He has also had the opportunity to participate in several survey cruises with CalCOFI and NOAA’s RACE division, as well as interning with the Communications and Outreach Department at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Most recently he has worked with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as a Recreational Fisheries Sampler, interacting with the public to collect ocean fisheries and angler demographic data. Colin is interested in introducing ecosystem based management principles into the commercial Bering Sea/Aleutian Island and Gulf of Alaska Groundfish fisheries, effectively communicating the need for such strategies to industry and the public.


Schmaus, Carrie B.S., Biology, Minor in Marine Sciences, Wittenberg University

During her time at Wittenberg University, Schmaus was the president of PoWER (Parliament of Wittenberg’s Environmental Revolution), as well as being involved in other campus activities. During her sophomore year, she went abroad and studied at the Duke University Marine Lab, during which she participated in a month-long research cruise to study the abundances of phytoplankton. She also traveled to Singapore to study how a densely populated island has approached environmental issues, from an ecological and political standpoint. She is interested in translating scientific data into effective policy to mitigate the effects of climate change in a way that considers both the human and ecological needs of the area.


Sivinski, Seth B.A., Political Science, University Honors Program, Univ. of Wyoming

Seth focused mostly on international relations and intergovernmental politics in his undergraduate studies. He completed a thesis on environmental ethics dealing with how people rationalize poor environmental stewardship. He hopes to meld these two areas into developing a better way to understand and protect Arctic and northern marine areas and their inhabitants. He has been interested in protecting these areas ever since he flew over the Coast Range and took a ferry to Haines on the way to Alaska’s Chilkat mountain range where he was training to be a mountain guide.


Snouffer, Brian B.S., Computer Science, University of Wisconsin

Brian spent 2 years as a software developer for Epic before deciding to quit to pursue marine conservation. He’s spent the last year in various internships and volunteer positions around the world while traveling in between. This includes 3 weeks aboard a NOAA research vessel off the coast of California. He also spent 2 months in the Philippines working to make the dive industry more sustainable as well as collaborating with the local marine enforcement to create an education program for fisherman explaining the environmental reason of laws and MPAs. He most recently spent 3 months in Malaysia completing his dive master cert and working as the project coordinator of a newly established turtle conservation group. He is most interested in ecosystem based management practices, especially those using a bottom up approach. He is also interested in utilizing his software development skills and exploring the possibility of data collection through citizen science.


Sun, Christina B.A., Anthropology, Brown University

With family rooted in the shipping industries of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Christina has always been fascinated by the interface of marine environments and human development. After an early start volunteering at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Christina has since interned with Save the Bay (Narragansett Bay) and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Greater Boston. Her previous projects include educating local fishers about toxic bio-accumulation, documenting cultural landscape changes on the Hawaiian Islands, and researching local understandings of climate change and water resource management policies in Kiribati and its Phoenix Islands Protected Area.


Szymanowicz, Matthew B.Sci., Environmental Science – Ecosystem Studies, University of New Hampshire

Matt has devoted his early career to marine tourism operations. This has included managing an eco-resort at a marine reserve in Belize, developing marine naturalist programs in Alaska and Mexico, and leading sea kayak adventures in the San Juan Islands. He now intends to advance his career in the tourism industry as a leader in sustainable coastal resource management.


Tanz, Alex B.A., Political Studies and Environmental Studies, Pitzer College; J.D., DePaul University College of Law

Alex is an experienced dive instructor and underwater photographer; having made a living out of each in the US and the Bahamas. He’s also worked as a Marine Science Interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium, and volunteered as both a diver and an interpreter. During his third year of law school he served as the president of the Environmental Law Society, and spent time in Eastern Kentucky addressing local environmental issues. Alex is particularly interested in Marine Protected Areas, and methods of balancing commercial and recreational uses of marine resources. He would like to use his legal background to craft policy based on scientific approaches to resource management.


Thomas, Jeffrey B.S., Pre-Med, Univ. of Washington; Certificate for Community Health Advocate, North Seattle Comm. College

Since 1989, Jeffrey has been a Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians – Timber, Fish & Wildlife Program Director, where he specializes in serving as a forests and fish endangered species recovery specialist, and as a forest cultural resources protection advisor. He has nearly 30 years work experience with the freshwater aspects of salmonid ecosystems. He wants to continue to work closely with local tribes to integrate cultural resource protection values and local ecosystem-based management, and integrate human/non-human global change responses with the needs of local tribal communities and governments.


Thorsell, Devon B.A., International Affairs, Lafayette College

Devon is a Seattle native and a vocal proponent of west coast living. She spent her undergrad years at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania where she met Tony Blair, had dinner with Jimmy Carter, and traveled to ten countries and four continents. She is pursuing a concurrent degree in Marine Affairs and International studies and is particularly interested in international maritime policy including maritime migration, law, and diplomacy.


Thuesen, Gretchen B.S., Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Univ. of Washington

Gretchen has spent a considerable amount of her career collecting data in the field, participating in research cruises and field collections in remote locations during undergraduate internships, spending time in Alaska as a NOAA fisheries observer, and working as a Divemaster intern in Panama. Most recently she worked in a lab within the UW Department of Oceanography where she helped maintain an autonomous moored profiling system and time series database focused on monitoring water quality in Puget Sound. She is interested in bridging the divide between hard scientific data and policymakers’ use of those data.


Tracey, Brian B.A., Life Sciences, Rutgers Univ.

Brian has worked with the Alaska Observers as a biologist, collecting information aboard commercial fishing vessels and determining species composition of catches. He believes that part of a scientist’s duty is to empower the general public with new knowledge and understanding. His goal is for his work to influence public policy, safeguarding priceless and irreplaceable resources for future generations.


White, Nicole B.S., Biology with a Marine Emphasis, Western Washington Univ.

Nicole developed a passion for biological anthropology while studying abroad in Indonesia.  While there she participated in several projects that included interviewing maritime Bajau people to discuss the sustainability of their village and their response to resource change over time. She hopes to continue to examine this social/technical response in the future. In addition to this, she has spent the last year conducting LA-ICP-MS on several fish species’ otoliths.


Whiteaker, William B.S., Oceanography, Univ. of Washington

Most recently, William has worked for Pacific Physicians Laboratory, and also has a background in all phases of construction. He would like to combine his educational background in oceanography, and his expertise in construction, with the knowledge gained while at SMEA and develop a career working with policy, planning, and overall advising in the area of coastal construction.


Williams, Trevor B.A., Environmental Studies (Specialization in Politics, Public Policy, and Justice), Seattle University

Trevor attended Seattle University for his undergraduate degree, and completed his four years with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, specializing in Politics, Public Policy, and Justice. While attending his undergraduate school, he completed a study abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands during the summer of 2014. The program studied Marine Protected Area (MPA) policy within the region, and the struggles to sustain the subsistence fishing economy versus the protection of a declining marine species population. He is interested in International Ocean Governance, as well as management of marine resources in an environment that requires a balance between growth needed to sustain a population, and protection of the marine environment. Trevor has enjoyed policy research, field data collection, and analysis related to marine resource protection.


Wippel, Bryanda B.A., Environmental studies, Minors in: Marine Biology, Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, Univ. of Washington

Bryanda has been working as a laboratory technician at UW’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences. She has built ocean acidification experimental systems at Friday Harbor Laboratories and NOAA Mukilteo testing generational effects of ocean acidification on Olympic Oyster and Geoduck larvae. She has also worked with abalone withering syndrome both at UW and most recently building a lab at UCSB; starting a new experiment involving deployment of caged abalone off the coast of Santa Barbra and Los Angeles. Bryanda is interested in using scientific research to educate aquaculture fisheries of how to best combat issues of disease.


Ziff, Dani B.S., Aquatic Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dani has worked with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission conducting field and lab work and completed an internship with the biological resources division of an environmental consulting firm that included biological resource surveys in support of documentation on regulatory compliance. She has also devoted nearly six years in helping lead and build a successful environmental education nonprofit, Sprout Up, which partners university and primary school students to instill an ethic of sustainability in communities. Her interests lie in the creation and implementation of successful policy based in sound science to help promote sustainable management of coastal and marine resources.



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