MARINA lab graduates Liliana Bastian (’16) and Hannah Bassett (’17) are gearing up to start PhD programs in 2018. Liliana is off to England, where she will begin her PhD at the University of Exeter under Dr. Louisa Evans in the Department of Geography. Liliana will be studying the intersection of environmental governance and international development. She previously worked with the IUCN Global Gender Office to incorporate gender issues in international protected area policies and has worked both locally and abroad as a Marc Hershman Marine Policy and Fulbright fellow.

Hannah will begin her PhD at the UW’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences co-advised by Dr. Ray Hilborn and Dr. Eddie Allison. Through her role in both the Hilborn and Allison labs Hannah will build on her interdisciplinary approach to examining small-scale fisheries as social-ecological systems. Previously, Hannah worked as Project Coordinator for the Small-scale and Artisanal Fisheries Research Network (SAFRN), a consultant and scientific diver for Sirenas Marine Discovery, and a whale acoustics research scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,. Hannah's PhD research will expand on her masters' work on compressed-air dive fisheries and examine the impact of external interventions on social dynamics of small-scale dive fishing communities.

We have no doubt that both Liliana and Hannah will excel in their respective doctoral programs. Congratulations to both!