Student Directory

Name Education Experience and Interests

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.

Barnea, Raz

BA, Comparative History of Ideas

University of Washington

Raz has been a Peace Corps volunteer in both Ghana and Jamaica, where he participated in several environmental projects that included writing a children's book to promote consumption of invasive Lionfish, developing an interpretive center at the University of the West Indies Port Royal Marine Lab, and collaborating with NOAA to develop a curricular program for teaching marine debris mitigation to kids and fishermen.  He is interested in effective management of marine resources, balancing the pressures of development against the losses that can result without intervention and adoption of realistic environmental strategies. Raz grew up in Seattle and as a diver, sailor, and skipper of stones he spends as much time in, on, and near the water as humanly possible.

Areas of Interest: international ocean governance, science communication strategies, international development and human rights.

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

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

Brandon, Tess

BA, Earth System Science with a concentration in Oceanography

Cornell University

Tess most recently worked as a Satellite Oceanographer for NOAA’s National Oceanographic Data Center where she processed, archived, and created products from satellite-derived oceanographic data sets.  Other work experiences include summer fellowships at Woods Hole, NOAA’s AFSC, and teaching and research assistantships at Cornell. She is very interested in bridging scientific data and marine policy, specifically related to the regulation of urban coastal development. Tess is pursuing a concurrent masters’ degree in Urban Planning from the UW.

Areas of interest: urban waterfront development and coastal zone 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

Corcoran, Meegan

BS, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

University of Washington

Meegan served in the US Navy for eight years as a Sonar Technician, and has worked as a columnist for Beyond Blue Magazine, a volunteer interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium, a shark researcher in South Africa, and tour guide in Friday Harbor, WA. While an undergraduate at the UW, Meegan developed a keen interest in sharks and hopes to steer her career towards protecting ocean shark species through policy, education, and action in the communities most closely tied to sharks.

Areas of Interest: marine environmental protection, fisheries management, and ecosystem-based management.

Crecy, Stacey

BS, Marine and Environmental Sciences

US Coast Guard Academy

Since 2008, Stacey has supervised the Federal On Scene Coordinator during oil spills, chemical releases, and spill response drills for the Coast Guard 14th District (Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa).  She also participated in the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, coordinating logistics for the vessels conducting offshore skimming operations. She wants to become one of the Coast Guard’s top officers in the Marine & Environmental Response community, and also become involved with developing international standards for adoption by the International Maritime Organization.

Areas of Interest: marine environmental protection, marine pollution management, and fisheries 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

Cummings, Joshua

BA, Biology

Wesleyan University

While at Wesleyan University, Joshua had a number of research assistantships that included participating in a research project in a small Icelandic fishing village studying how the whale-watching vessels affected cetacean behavior.  He would like to pursue a career in a non-profit marine conservation organization, or a government agency such as NOAA.

Areas of Interest: coastal ecology, marine recreation/tourism, marine protected areas.

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

Deighan, Laura

BS, Marine Biology

Florida Institute of Technology

For the last two years Laura has worked at the Virginia Aquarium as an aquarist assistant, participating in public education, animal collection, water quality analysis and supervising volunteers. She also volunteered with the aquarium’s Stranding Response Team.  She would like to work in fisheries management and marine conservation and specifically research by-catch reduction in fisheries and over-fishing of endangered populations.

Areas of Interest: fisheries management, marine environmental protection, marine protected areas.

Deisher, Rula

BS, Civil Engineering

US Coast Guard Academy

Most recently, Rula was the Executive Officer on the US Coast Guard Cutter ‘Campbell’ in charge of NW Atlantic fisheries patrols, at-sea enforcement and regulations.  She was also the commanding officer at the USCG Northeast Regional Fisheries Training center where she had 10 instructors who worked with NOAA and the Fishing Vessel Safety offices in community and law enforcement outreach.  She plans to continue her work in the Coast Guard, alternating afloat tours with staff tours directly involved with living marine resource management.

Areas of Interest: fisheries management, ecosystem-based management

DeJoseph, Bonnie

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

Graziano, Kathryn

BS, Natural Resources

Cornell University

Kathryn interned with the National Park Service at Sandy Hook, NJ, doing public outreach about water safety in the bay. She also was a Coastal Restoration intern at Save the Bay, RI, where she worked to restore and monitor coastal wetlands of Narragansett Bay. She loves traveling, and studied abroad in New Zealand and Costa Rica. She would like a career that promotes positive changes that are mutually beneficial to ecosystems and to the people that rely on them.

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

Hanein, Adi

BS, Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity

University of California, Davis

As an undergraduate, Adi has worked as a lab assistant and student researcher studying zebrafish and urchins as well as a veterinary assistant. She is interested in focusing her graduate studies on conservation applications and management techniques, and hopes to pursue a career that aids conservation policy making and management. The working title of her thesis is: Integrating Spatial Data in Management Plans: Mapping Marine Recreational Activities of Hood Canal residents, part time residents and tourists. She is also currently working as a teaching assistant in the biology department as well as a research assistant at the Puget Sound Institute.

Areas of Interest:  Coastal ecology, marine protected areas, tourism, environmental education, conservation management.

Harguth, Haley

BS Biology, minor in Planing, Public Policy, and Management

University of Oregon

Haley is a third year concurrent student with the Evans School of Public Affairs, and held an internship with the National Wildlife Federation at the Pacific Regional Center in Seattle, where she assisted efforts to reform floodplain management policy around the Puget Sound to better protect salmon and orca. She has also assisted SMEA professor Kiki Jenkins on research with the Sea Around Us project, conducting a historical catch reconstruction of the US West Coast fisheries. From 2006-2008, Haley was a Peace Corps Volunteer and worked as an Environmental Education/Awareness Agent in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, West Africa. Her thesis work will focus on co-management arrangements between indigenous peoples and government institutions when applied to marine resource management, particularly in the Puget Sound region.

Areas of Interest: co-management and marine resource management.

Harms, Jesse

BS, Marine and Environmental Science

US Coast Guard Academy

Jesse was in the Gulf during the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and, working with the Incident Command Structure, helped develop the Coast Guard’s plan of attack.  More recently, he responded to the Gulf Coast Asphalt Corp. oil spill on the Mobile River.  He directed 350+ contractors in daily clean-up efforts.  At SMEA, he would like to learn how to improve the government’s environmental policies to better position himself for a leadership role in the Coast Guard’s Response Department.

Areas of Interest: fisheries management, marine pollution management, and marine environmental protection.

Helman, Daniel

Huang, Mei Hui

BA, Geography

National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan

During the past year, Mei Hui has been a Graduate Non-matriculated Student at Univ. of N. Dakota in Geography.   She learned about public affairs and the process of making policy when she worked with the Department of Household Registration and Minister of the Interior, developing slogans for raising the birth rate in Taiwan.  She would like to pursue a career in hazard assessment and international marine policy.

Areas of Interest: coastal zone management, ecosystem-based management, and international ocean governance.

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

Kahn, Chelsea

BS, Marine Science

Rutgers University

Chelsea was an intern for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute where she collected growth rate data from coral reefs surrounding Little Cayman. She also was the editor for a monthly environmental newsletter at Rutgers University from 2009-2012.  She is interested in developing a career linking natural sciences and social sciences, and also communicating marine resource policies.

Areas of Interest: public education/outreach, marine environmental protection, and climate change impacts.

Kelly, Emily

BA, Public Policy

Duke University

Since 2009, Emily has been the Global Wealth Portfolio Manager and the Philanthropy Assistant for The Nature Conservancy.  She also spent two summers as an intern for the US Department of the Interior working on analysis on issues affecting global warming and water issues in the west. She’s keeping an open mind of future plans, but is particularly interested in the international policy aspect of marine affairs, and marine spatial planning initiatives to mitigate the increasing demands on the world’s oceans.

Areas of Interest: marine protected areas, coastal zone management, and marine environmental protection.

Kowalski, Adam

BA, Anthropology

University of Pennsylvania

Before entering the School and Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA), Adam earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Although his previous research experience focused on coastal and underwater archaeology with an emphasis on anthropogenic impacts to marine ecosystems, Adam is currently interested in the use of learning networks and social relations research to better understand and solve environmental and socioeconomic problems facing coastal communities and our oceans. His proposed Master’s thesis will use social network analysis to examine how structural network characteristics influence the functionality of bridging organizations within a marine/coastal governance framework. This research will draw on a variety of theoretical areas, including boundary organization theory, stakeholder theory, and social influence theory.

This past summer, Adam worked for the Center for Ocean Solution’s Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum in Monterey, Calif. In addition to conducting research on resource optimization strategies for U.S. coastal fisheries, he will use the Center for Ocean Solutions as a case study for evaluating the functionality of a prominent bridging organization.

Areas of Interest: social relations, learning networks, governance systems, and social network analysis.

Leahy, JD Ross

BA, Linguistics

University of Oregon

JD Ross is professional mariner who has worked on overnight passenger vessels, ferries, fishing boats, and tugs. He is particularly interested in marine transportation policy as it relates to the Puget Sound and the Arctic and his research focuses on recent vessel traffic risk assessments and their policy implications.

Areas of Interest:  Maritime safety, risk management, and marine pollution management in the Arctic.

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

Luna, Melissa

BS, Chemistry

College of Charleston

Over the last two years, Melissa had internships with the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory where she assisted in studying arsenic contamination in groundwater in Bangladesh and Vietnam, and with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute determining the pH of marine pore water from sulfide signals in deep-sea sediments. Through volunteer work and scuba diving in areas such as Central America and Southeast Asia, she is very interested in the socio-ecological dimensions of marine resource management and marine protected areas in the developing world, and ideally would like a career working for a governmental organization such as USAID or for an international NGO.

Areas of Interest: marine protected areas and community based marine resource management.

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.

McGrath, Jessica

BS, Marine Biology and Political Science

University of Oregon

Most recently, Jessica had an internship as an Environmental Policy White House Intern working with the National Ocean Council.  Prior to that, she conducted research at the University of Oregon on marine protected areas, including policy debates, development and implementation.  She is especially interested in the management of environmental hazards and pollution, and both domestic and international marine law and policy.

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

Meyer, Zachary

BA, Anthropology, minors in Biology and Spanish

Indiana University

Zachary has worked as a Zooarcheology Lab Technician and Staff Archeologist for Indiana University, processing field artifacts, surveying, mapping, and excavating field sites. He also trained in underwater archaeology research techniques and helped in creating a “living museum of the sea” in the Dominican Republic. He has studied and worked extensively in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Bighorn Canyon National Park. He is interested in studying how to best protect marine historical sites and marine habitats.

Areas of Interest: historical maritime archaeology and preservation, marine recreation/tourism, and coastal zone management.

Working Thesis: Cultural Resource Management and Marine Affairs: Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Shipwrecks in Lake Union, Seattle  WA.

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.

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

Nelson, Laura

BA, Biology

Dartmouth College

Experience & Interests:  Laura has been working on both coasts for educational programs on tall sailing ships for the last five years, teaching marine ecology, biology, oceanography and nautical science. She was primarily working for the Sea Education Association, a college semester at sea program, but also worked for programs that worked with students as young as second grade.  She wants to remain in the maritime industry, working for a governmental or non-profit agency that manages ocean resources or marine protected areas, and continue to work as an educator.

Areas of Interest: marine protected areas, marine recreation/tourism, and public education/outreach.

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.

Robinson, Jocelyn

BA, Journalism and Religious Studies

Western Kentucky University

Jocelyn has worked in journalism as a reporter, freelance writer, copy editor and news editor. While working in northern California, she developed a strong interest in marine affairs after covering news stories related to the diversion of water from the Klamath River to agricultural use and the resulting aftermath on migrating salmon. She would like to combine her experience as a journalist with a strong body of marine affairs knowledge to ultimately become a communications specialist in government or non-profit organizations.

Thesis: A comparison of media coverage of the Klamath River basin conflict.

Areas of Interest: public education/outreach.

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.

Sarkar, Saiontoni

Seid-Green, Ya'el

BA, International Relations

Mills College

Ya’el’s thesis is focused on fisheries co-management in California and the Pacific Northwest, working to bring together different fields of study and bodies of literature to create a common framework for studying co-mangement in a comparative way.

Areas of interest: co-management, social capital, and common-pool resources.

Sergent, Courtney

BS, Marine and Environmental Science

US Coast Guard Academy

Throughout her career, Courtney has worked to vastly improve and shape the fisheries and law enforcement programs of the Coast Guard.  After focusing on management and conservation of living marine resources, and public policy governing protected species and marine ecosystems, she wants to assume a leadership role in the Coast Guard Fisheries & Marine Protected Species Law Enforcement program.

Areas of Interest: fisheries management, marine environmental protection, and seaport management.

Sojka, Brit

MA, Arts Administration & Nonprofit Management

University of Oregon

For almost a decade, Brit has worked with Seattle's nonprofits, private foundations and large corporations to manage, preserve, and protect important environmental and cultural resources both locally and nationally. She has served as an Engagement Manager to Microsoft's Art Collection and has supported the grants management and programmatic work of the Campion and Brainerd Foundations. An ardent scuba diver and civic science participant, Brit has served as a volunteer beach naturalist with Seattle Aquarium since 2006.  She has studied at Friday Harbor Marine Labs and served as an oil spill policy intern for People for Puget Sound. Brit's work with SMEA will further hone her hard science, economics and environmental management skill set.  

Areas of Interest: role of foundations & philanthropy in environmental systems change, environmental policy development, marine environmental protection, and international ocean governance.

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

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 & 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

Timpane-Padgham, Britta

BA, double major in Environmental Studies and Anthropology

University of Montana

Britta has worked extensively in the outdoors: from being a river guide in Montana, field technician (including a grizzly bear genetics study in Glacier National Park, surveying riparian species assemblages on Montana's major rivers, and Soundscape ecological studies on Washington's urban lakes), outdoor educator, to coordinator of a field course in Brazil, and gardener. She is most interested in studying climate change adaptations that increase resiliency of coastal watersheds and local communities. Currently that entails evaluating how restoration projects can better address future climate change. Britta would like to pursue a career promoting conservation and sustainability at home in the northwest U.S. and internationally.

Areas of Interest: ecosystem-based management, climate change adaptation, TEK, and water resources.

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.

Veerhusen, Brett

BA, Business & Spanish Literary Studies

University of Puget Sound

Brett has been a commercial fishing captain in Bristol Bay, Alaska since 2009 but has fished throughout the state his whole life. He is the appointed representative for the commercial fishermen of Bristol Bay with their political advocacy against the proposed Pebble Mine. Brett has policy experience developing new fisheries in the Aleutian Islands and has also fished there for salmon, halibut, herring and mackerel. He expects his studies at SMEA will give him a policy maker’s perspective on issues such as the halibut IFQ and catch share programs, which he can use within the commercial fisheries industry.

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

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.

Woodward, Natalia