Last Thursday, we had the honor of opening our metaphorical lab doors to a select audience of friends, community, and alums of the UW's College of the Environment. We were among three lab groups from the College invited to present our work on the theme of 'Climate and Food.' While we may not have a physical lab filled with beakers and pipettes, we were excited to present some of our work with a wider audience.

Under the overarching title of "Fishing for Justice, Nutrition, and Wellbeing in a Changing Climate," we chose to highlight our lab's work through the presentation of three student-led projects. Lily presented her work on the importance of East Africa's octopus fishery to local livelihoods and food security. She even exhorted the audience to try (sustainably sourced!) octopus soup as an aphrodisiac. 

Brittany, Kadie, Henry, and Emily - presenting their capstone project - spoke about Seattle's potential for national, and perhaps even global, leadership in the seafood sustainability movement. Zach - assisted by MARINA lab alum Jack Cheney - outlined the objective of our new Population Health Initiative grant piloting ways to get underutilized fish species in the California current ecosystem to low-income coastal communities with a need for seafood. 

With such a unique opportunity to engage local community members, Eddie emphasized our lab’s overall mission of conducting research and policy analysis related to the fair allocation of benefits from well-managed coastal ecosystems. He also stressed the importance of our connections with resource users and policy makers, the applied and interdisciplinary nature of our work, and the potential of our lab members to become key influencers in future environment and development policy arenas.

Here are some fun photos of our lab preparing for the presentation: