Ann BostromRebecca GoldburgRay HilbornBrian PolagyeKevin RankerAndrew RosenbergFran Ulmer

Ann Bostrom Professor of Public Affairs, University of Washington

2014 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Ocean change: Information for action”

Anne Bostrom is a professor of in the Evan School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.  She received a BA in English at the University of Washinton, MBA from Western Washington University, and a Ph.D. in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University.  Bostrom has previously worked at Georgia Institute for Technology from 1992-2007 and was the Associate Dean for Research at the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts and Professor in the School of Public Policy.  In addition, she has also co-directed the Decision Risk and Management Science Program at the National Science Foundation from 1999-2001.  Bostrom is currently a member of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Scientific Committee, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board Environmental Information Services Working group, and the National Research Council Committee to Review the IRIS process.

Rebecca Goldburg, Director, Ocean Science, The PEW Charitable Trusts

2014 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Ocean science, policy, and conservation: A view from The PEW Charitable Trusts”

Pew expert Rebecca GoldburgRebecca Goldburg is the director of of The PEW Charitable Trusts Ocean Science Division.  Goldburg received her bachelor’s degree in statistics from Princeton University, and her master’s in statistics and Ph.D. in ecology at University of Minnesota.  Goldburg worked as a senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) for twenty years and also served on the Marine Aquaculture Task Force.  She joined PEW in 2008 and focuses on support for marine conservation research.  In addition, she has also co-authored the PEW Oceans Commission’s report on marine aquaculture.


HilbornRay Hilborn, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, UW

2014 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Reflections on the robustness of different fisheries management systems to change”

Ray Hilborn is Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington and specializes in natural resource management and conservation.  Hilborn received a B.A. in Biology from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia.  Hilborn has served on a number of boards, some of which include: Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine, Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council, the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Presidents Commission on Ocean Policy, and the Independent Science Advisory Panel for the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna.



Brian Polagye, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UW

2014 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Tidal energy and the environment: Progress and challenges”

Brian Polagye is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Washington and also the Co-Director for the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center Affiliate Investigator at the Applied Physics Laboratory.  Polagye received his BSE for Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, and his MSME and Ph.D. in mechanical Engineering were received at the University of Washington.  Polagye’s research focuses on sustainable electricity generation from marine renewable energy, particularly tidal current energy.


RankerKevin Ranker, Senator, Washington State Senate

2014 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Science, Policy, Politics, and Reality”

Kevin Ranker is a Washington State Senator and has focused his expertise on the advancement of coastal and ocean policy with an emphasis on coastal economic development, energy policy and conservation. Ranker has also served as a San Juan County Commissioner and was a Senior Fellow at the Ocean Foundation.


RosenburgAndrew Rosenberg, Director, Union of Concerned Scientists

2014 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Science, democracy and the changing ocean”

Andrew Rosenberg is the director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Rosenberg studied fisheries biology at the University of Massachusetts, oceanography at Oregon State University, and received his Ph.D. in biology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. Rosenberg has also previously served as the northeast regional administrator of the National marine Fisheries Service at the national Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, later becoming the deputy director.

Ms. Fran Ulmer US Arctic Research Commissionulmer

2013 Fall IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “The Emerging Arctic: Are We Ready?”

Fran Ulmer is chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, where she has served since being appointed by President Obama in March 2011. In June 2010, President Obama appointed her to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling. From 2007 to 2011, Ms. Ulmer was chancellor of Alaska’s largest public university, the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Before that, she was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at UAA. She is a member of the Global Board of the Nature Conservancy and on the Board of the National Parks Conservation Association.

Ken CaldeiraMary RuckelshausChristian SindermanKathleen MooreEric LascheverLisa GraumlichBrad Warren

Ken Caldeira Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University.

2013 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Long-term perspectives and near-term actions relating to ocean acidification”

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ruckelshaus_outside-300x225Mary Ruckelshaus Natural Capital Project, Stanford University.

2013 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker): “Nature of, by, and for the people?”

Mary Ruckelshaus oversees all work of the Natural Capital Project partnership including strategy, coordination, fundraising, communications, and hiring. She is based in Seattle, WA, where she previously led the Ecosystem Science Program at NOAA’s NW Fisheries Science Center. Prior to that, she was an Assistant Professor of biological sciences at The Florida State University (1994-1997). The main focus of her recent work is on developing ecological models including estimates of the flow of environmental services under different management regimes in marine systems worldwide. Ruckelshaus serves on the Science Council of The Nature Conservancy and is a Trustee on its Washington Board, and is a past chair of the Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). She was Chief Scientist for the Puget Sound Partnership, a public-private institution charged with achieving recovery of the Puget Sound terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Ruckelshaus has a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University, a master’s degree in fisheries from the University of Washington, and a doctoral degree in botany, also from Washington.


Christian Sinderman, Founder, Northwest Passage Consulting

2013 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Science and Public Policy: Ostriches, Opportunities, and why our Political Discourse fails to Reflect Urgent Realities”



Kathleen Moore, Oregon State Department of Philosophy 

2013 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Red Sky at Morning: ethics and the oceanic crisis.

Dr. Moore is Distinguished Professor of Environmental Philosophy at Oregon State University. She is co-editor of the award-winning book, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril (foreword by Desmond Tutu), which gathers testimony from the world’s moral leaders about our obligation to the future to avert catastrophic climate change. Her climate work grows from her practice as a writer, exploring our moral and spiritual connections to wet, wild places in books such as Holdfast, Riverwalking, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort.













Eric Laschever, Partner K&L Gates, LLP

2013 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Diving Deep Into the Legal Tool Box: Two decades of Climate Change Litigation”













Lisa Graumlich, Dean, UW College of the Environment

2013 Winter IGERT Seminar (Invited Speaker) “Transforming academia to address interdisciplinary grand challenges.”


Brad Warren, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership