MARINA Lab collaborator, Yoshitaka Ota has joined SMEA as an Assistant Research Professor. Yoshi joins SMEA from University of British Columbia where he is also the Policy Director of the Nippon Foundation Nereus Program – an international initiative comprising an interdisciplinary team of 20 institutes. His core research interest surrounds understanding how to strengthen social equity in ocean governance systems faced with global environmental changes. With over ten years of experience engaging in policy research involving coastal indigenous communities, marine spatial planning, and human security, we are excited to have Yoshi’s expertise here in Seattle!