Student Directory

Name Education Experience and 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.  

Areas of interest: Community Based Marine Resource Management, Public Education/Outreach, and Fisheries.

Antonius, Benjamin

BA, Political Science

University of California-Davis

Ben has worked for Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy), collecting field data for land management planning, developing techniques for carbon offset estimates, and analyzing water permit and pollution data for potential pilot projects. He would ultimately like a career that combines his interests in applied science and environmentally sound decision-making.

Areas of interest: coastal ecology, habitat restoration, and marine environmental protection.

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.

Areas of interest:National and International Conservation, Marine Resources Policy, and Fish Farms.

Bastian, Lili

BS, 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 studied marine environments from a physical geography perspective, and she’s now exploring social issues in community management of small-scale fisheries. She has experience in science writing education and non-profit communications.  

Areas of interest: marine protected areas, public education/outreach, fisheries management, international education

Beaver, Ezra

BA, Environmental Studies, Political Science, American Studies

Eckerd College 


Ezra grew up exploring Rhode Island salt ponds and later studying them as an intern at the University of Rhode Island’s School of Oceanography. For the past 4 years Ezra has worked for a marine focused environmental consulting firm in Port Townsend, WA specializing in data management and marine mapping with clients including NOAA and the Army Corps of Engineers. Ezra has also worked as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska and Washington. He is interested in studying the management of contaminated sediments, seaport environmental compliance, fisheries management, and marine spatial mapping while attending SMEA.

Areas of Interest: coastal ecology, fisheries management, marine pollution management, spatial information technologies

Best, Peter

BA, Planning & Environmental Policy

Western Washington University

Peter grew up here in the Puget Sound region. He worked for 9 years for the City of Bainbridge Island as a shoreline and environmental planner on local and regional issues, including capital facilities planning, comprehensive planning, shoreline management, salmon recovery, and Puget Sound restoration.  He currently sits on the board of the Great Peninsula Conservancy, a regional land trust serving Kitsap, Mason, and west Pierce counties. He will be a concurrent student at SMEA and the Evans School of Public Affairs and his goal is to continue to work on Puget Sound restoration at a regional scale.

Areas of interest: ecosystem-based management, coastal zone management, climate change impacts

Beverlin, Kristina

B.A., Linguistics, Environmental Studies, Economics

University 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 kittens.

Areas of interest: Environmental Journalism, Marine Recreation/Tourism, and Public Education/Outreach.

Blake, Trina

BA, Geology

Carleton College

JD, 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!

Areas of interest: climate change impacts, marine environmental protection, coastal zone management

Boyes, Kayla

B.S., Biology, Psychology minor

Purdue University, 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.

Areas of interest: marine environmental protection, marine protected areas, conservation management, and invasive species management.

Brockway, Samuel

BS, Environmental Studies

University of California Santa Barbara

Forest Service Soil-Hydrology Technician, evaluating best management practices for evaluation caused by federal projects in anadromous watersheds. 

Thesis: Environmental Analysis of Proposed Carbon Capture and Storage Methods

Areas of Interest: Policies to address both climate change mitigation and adaptation, ocean acidification, and natural resources management.

Chang, Michael

BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Yale University

Michael’s worked on several projects concerning local management of fisheries in the Solomon Islands, coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, and genetic analysis of invasive comb jellies.

Areas of interest: ecosystem-based management, coastal zone management, marine environmental protection

Cheney, Jack

BA, 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.  

Areas of interest:  ecosystem-based management, coastal zone management, marine environmental protection

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.

Areas of interest: Marine Protected Areas, Marine and Coastal Management, and Resource Management.

Crotty, Colleen

BS, Environmental Science with a Biology emphasis

Texas A&M – Corpus Christi

After completing her undergraduate work she spent the first half of 2008 radio tracking river otters in Evora, Portugal, followed by a summer internship with the Galveston Bay Foundation assisting the Education Coordinator with a children’s science camp. Since the fall of 2008 she has been working offshore on surface seismic vessels and drilling platforms as a marine mammal observer. There she observed and reported on marine mammal and sea turtle activity and informed the seismic operators of the government regulations regarding seismic work and protected species. Any compliance issues were then reported to the government. Additionally, she worked as a Passive Acoustics Monitor doing a similar job using hydrophones to detect marine life nighttime activity. It was this work that led her to her interest in this degree, as the current regulations are outdated and often leave large gray areas open for interpretation.

Areas of interest: marine environmental protection, costal ecology, coastal zone management

Dallstream, Kiersten

BS, 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 in experience in Marine and Environmental Affairs but has always been fascinated by it.

Areas of interest: marine environmental protection, ecosystem-based management, coastal ecology

Dawson, Victoria Claire

BA, Commerce, Co-op

Dalhousie University

Victoria has volunteered in Malaysia creating sea turtle sanctuaries and is an avid scuba diver. She has worked in the Similan and Surin islands as a Divemaster and is interested in Marine Tourism and Resource Conservation. Specifically, she is interested in balancing effective marine conservation with the cultural values and norms of a developing nation.

Areas of interest: International Ocean Governance, and Marine Recreation/Tourism.

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.

Areas of interest: Coastal Management, Policy Enforcement, and Environmental Consulting.

Evrard, Raye

B.S., Program in the Environment (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. 

Areas of interest: International ocean governance, marine environmental protection, marine pollution management, and coastal ecology.

Freeman, Mikaela

BS, Natural Science with emphasis in Biology

University of Puget Sound

Mikaela has always had a great interest in marine life and is very excited to start studying towards building a career in the marine environment. Her interest in Marine and Environmental Affairs is in marine conservation and working with marine protected areas, especially in coral reef ecosystems. She has some experience working in these areas while studying abroad in Turks and Caicos as well as additional experience with marine life through her internships with Foss Waterway Seaport and the Seattle Aquarium.

Areas of interest: marine environmental protection, ecosystem-based management, coastal ecology

Giordano, Christopher

BS, Marine Science

BA, 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.

Areas of interest: Marine policy, social justice within recreational and small-scale fishing communities, collaborative fisheries management, and sustaining livelihoods.

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.

Areas of interest: Public Education and Outreach, Conservation and Policy.

Hamlin, Haley

B.S., Environmental Science

Baylor University

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.

Areas of interest: Marine Conservation, Marine Biology, International Policy Regarding Marine Management and Wildlife Trade.

Hillier, Annie

B.A., Biology

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. 

Areas of interest: Sustainability, Community Outreach and Education, and Systems-based Management.

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.​

Areas of interest: Grant writing, decision-making, well-being.

Jackson, Scott

BS, Zoology (concentration in Marine Biology)

Michigan State University

Scott’s interest in marine biology began with a fascination for marine mammals, such as cetaceans and sea otters. While the flagship marine species still hold a place in his mind, he is also becoming more dedicated and focused on conservation and working to preserve fragile marine ecosystems. Perhaps one of his greatest marine experiences was a study abroad that he took to the Galapagos Islands, where he was able to have a firsthand look not only at all of the incredible species that live there, but also gain insight into how Ecuador and the archipelago are working to protect their delicate ecosystems.

Areas of interest: ecosystem-based management, fisheries management, coastal ecology

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.

Areas of interest: Natural resource management, international ocean governance, and co-management.

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.

Areas of interest: Ecosystem-based management, marine resource management, and international ocean governance.

Lowell, Natalie

BS, Molecular Environmental Biology

University of California at Berkeley


Natalie studied molecular environmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is interested in ecology, conservation biology, and sustainable food systems. After graduation, she worked as a field technician at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and as a farmhand through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms in New Zealand. She is pursuing a Master of Marine Affairs degree in order to enrich her science background with a better understanding of environmental policy and economics. Natalie enjoys singing, hiking, and tide-pooling.

Areas of interest:  ecosystems-based management, coastal ecology, fisheries management

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.

Areas of interest: Marine biodiversity and conservation, traditional/local ecological knowledge, and environmental education.


Macks, Samantha

BS, 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.

Areas of Interest: marine protected areas, ecosystem-based management, and coastal ecology.

Masters, Jonathan Kyle

BA, Government

Dartmouth College

Kyle served in the US Army from 2007-2011, where he served as the speechwriter for the Commanding General of Fort Hood, was a Company Executive Officer at Fort Hood, and served as a platoon leader in Iraq.  His ultimate goal is to work as a senior policy manager at a governmental agency ensuring critical habitat is protected and that the country’s natural resources are effectively stewarded.

Areas of Interest: ecosystem-based management, coastal zone management, and fisheries management.

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.

Areas of interest: Marine Renewable Energy and Environmental Justice.

Moore, Elizabeth

MS, Marine Biology
San Francisco State University

BS, Biology with Marine Concentration
Western Washington University.

Elizabeth’s masters’ thesis studied Indopacific nudibranchs of Southeast Asia. Since graduating, she has worked for the California Academy of Sciences on a seahorse research and conservation program and on elementary level curriculum development. She is most interested in studying the application and implementation of scientific data into conservation practice, particularly with regards to local community impact.

Areas of Interest: marine protected areas, ecosystem-based management, and public education/outreach.

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.

Areas of interest: Public education/outreach, marine spatial planning, and ecosystem-based conservation.

Naylor-Leyland, Nicholas

BA, Liberal Studies

SUNY Purchase

Having moved to the left coast in May 2013, Nicholas is fascinated by the differences between Puget Sound and his home waters - Long Island Sound. He grew up fishing and came to wonder why fish-lovers often seemed at odds over management. Nicholas trained as a mediator at the New York Peace Institute; he would like to facilitate discussions about fishing that place interested parties at the same table. He is also interested in the effects of ocean acidification on fisheries, and in efforts towards by-catch reduction. As a facilitator and grants evaluator for Threshold Foundation since 1994,Nicholas has been inspired by the work of numerous activist/scientists, and has been exposed to environmental causes spanning the globe.

He is thrilled to have traded NFL team allegiances.

Areas of interest:  coastal zone management, fisheries management, ecosystem-based management

Oliver, Christopher

BS, Biology

University of Washington

While at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Christopher worked in a lab sorting marine invertebrates into major taxonomic groups for use in analyzing species diversity and ecosystem composition.  He’s interested in a career in international management of fisheries policy and regulation.

Areas of Interest: marine environmental protection, international ocean governance, and fisheries management.

Polis, Hilary

B.S., Environmental Economics, Policy, and Management

B.S., Oceanography

Oregon State University

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.

Areas of interest: Human dimensions of marine resource management specifically, marine protected areas and tidal energy, and marine economics.

Rogier, Thea

B.A., Biology

University of California, Santa Barbara

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.

Areas of interest: Marine Conservation and Educational Outreach.

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.

Areas of interest: International Development and Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Coastal Resource Management, Climate Change Mitigation and Small Island Developing States, and Educational Media.

Saltman, Annika

BA, Biology

Reed College

Annika has most recently worked for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a fisheries port sampler, collecting critical biological samples from commercially harvested catch, and with NOAA as a NMFS Observer in the Gulf of Alaska.  Her goal is to build a career in the field of fisheries management, working closely with fisheries researchers to create informed, scientifically-sound policy.

Areas of Interest: fisheries management, ecosystem-based management, and domestic policy processes.

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.

Areas of interest: Commercial Fisheries, Ecosystem Based Management Practices, Industry and Consumer Education.

Sivinski, Seth

B.A., Political Science, University Honors Program

University 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.

Areas of interest: Arctic Studies and Policy, Environmental Law, and International Ocean Governance.

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.

Areas of interest: Marine recreation/tourism, marine protected areas, ecosystem based management.

Talebi, Bobbak

BA, Community, Environment & Planning and Program on the Environment

University of Washington

Bobbak is currently part time with SMEA while working at the Washington State Department of Ecology as a regional shoreline planner.  Prior to his enrollment at the University he worked with the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve as the Coastal Training Program Assistant Coordinator; San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, on the ‘Adapting to Rising Tides Project’; and at Island County Planning and Community Development in Coupeville, Whidbey Island, Washington, as a Land & Use Shoreline Planner.  Bobbak is also working toward a concurrent Masters in Urban Design and Planning.  While at SMEA, he would like to further his understanding of better methods of shoreline management and addressing climate change impacts on coastal cities both domestically and abroad.

Areas of Interest: shoreline planning, climate change impacts, and coastal zone management.

Tanoue, Wataru

MS, Bioscience and Biotechnology

BS, Fisheries Science

Kyushu University

Wataru has worked in the Fishery Agency of the Japanese government for the past seven years and mainly engaged in international negotiations for tuna fisheries. He is interested in fishery management in foreign countries, the role of the government, local community, scientists and fishermen in fishery management as well as the international relationship between fisheries and other resources.

Areas of interest:  fisheries management, international ocean governance, marine environmental protection

Tanz, Alex

B.A., Political Studies and Environmental Studies

Pitzer College

JD, 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.

Areas of interest: Marine Tourism, Fisheries Management, Marine Protected Areas, Environmental Law.

Thomas, Jeffrey

BS, Pre-Med

University of Washington

Certificate for Community Health Advocate

North Seattle Community College

Since 1989, Jeffrey has been a Senior Fisheries Biologist for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians - Timber, Fish, and 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.

Areas of interest: fisheries management, ecosystem-based management, and climate change impacts.

Thompson, Katie

BS, Biology

Oberlin College

Katie is recently from Bellingham, Washington, but grew up in the Midwest, which is where she received her undergraduate degree in biology at Oberlin College. Since then, she’s spent her time traveling and working in the US and Latin America. Her main interests are in community-based marine conservation and fisheries management.

Other areas of interest:  marine environmental protection, public education/outreach, climate change impacts

Thorsell, Devon

BA, International Affairs

Lafayette College

Devon is originally from Seattle, WA. 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 including Tanzania, Turkey, and Belgium. She is pursuing a concurrent degree in Marine Affairs and the Jackson School of International Studies. She is particularly interested in international maritime policy including maritime migration, law, and diplomacy.

Areas of interest:  international ocean governance and international cooperation

Thuesen, Gretchen

B.S., Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

University 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.

Areas of interest: Marine Ecosystem Management, Coastal Management and Planning.

Towne, Sarah

BA, Biology and History of Science

Bucknell University

Sarah has worked for NOAA Fisheries since 2009, first in Gloucester, MA on lobster management, and then in Seattle since 2010 on implementation of the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Catch Shares Program. In terms of marine and environmental affairs, she is interested in effective government interaction with stakeholders, sustainable fishing programs, catch share programs, risk pools and cooperative fishing, aquaculture, new uses and marketing of marine resources, etc.

Areas of interest: fisheries management, public education/outreach, climate change impacts

Tracey, Brian

BA, Life Sciences

Rutgers University

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.

Areas of Interest: enforcement fisheries management and marine environmental protection.

White, Nicole

B.S., Biology with a Marine Emphasis

Western Washington University

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.

Areas of interest: Marine environmental protection, ecosystem-based management, and marine recreation/tourism.

Whiteaker, William

BS, Oceanography

University of Washington

Most recently, Bill 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.  His current interests are focused on the policy and permitting processes involved with shoreline armoring in Puget Sound.

Areas of Interest: coastal zone management, urban waterfront development, and marine pollution management.