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#urchindiverforaday with Hannah Bassett

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#urchindiverforaday with Hannah Bassett

This past fall I started working with sea urchin divers in Southern California to develop a research project that would put my skills to good use and provide valuable information to inform future management efforts for the fishery. Nate Rosser is a Commissioner on the Sea Urchin Commission, an organization that represents California's sea urchin divers, and he was generous enough to invite me out to shadow him on a short fishing trip to the Channel Islands. With gorgeous weather and an opportunity to experience the hookah diving process in depth, I took hundreds of pictures over those two days! I wasn't able to follow him underwater on this trip, but I still captured his entire above-water process - from motoring out, finding a spot, getting geared up, and finally hauling in the harvest. It was a great experience and incredibly informative.

I continue to talk with people involved with the fishery and develop my research project and will share more about this later, so stay tuned. In the meantime, Nate has put my pictures to great use. Over the past couple of weeks, Nate has posted a series of photo collections on Instagram where he takes viewers on a virtual tour of a typical dive trip, as shown by my photos. While his posts still represent just the tip of the iceberg of what goes into his work and the extensive knowledge he and other divers have about sea urchins and the California coast's marine system, they give a beautiful look into the life of an urchin diver!

Check out the #urchindiverforaday hashtag on Instagram to see more photos!

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MARINA Lab attends IMCC5

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MARINA Lab attends IMCC5

Lab members, Hannah Bassett and Zach Koehn, and lab-alum, Marisa Nixon, attended the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) in Kuching, Malaysia from June 22-28. Hannah presented her work titled, “Paradoxical advantages and disadvantages of dive fishing for achieving holistic sustainability,” Zach’s presentation was on “Connecting fishery science to health policies for diet-specific solutions in low-income low food access communities: a population health approach”, and Marisa presented her recent work as a Hershman Fellow with the Washington State Department of Health, titled, “Public health and personal livelihoods: socioeconomic impacts of the response to shellfish-transmitted norovirus in Hammersley Inlet, Puget Sound.”

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Bastian and Bassett begin PhD programs

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Bastian and Bassett begin PhD programs

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!

 

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Bassett awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Bassett awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Congratulations to second-year MARINA lab member Hannah Bassett on being awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship. She is one of two recipients within the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) receiving a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) grant and the only GFRP recipient in the category of political ecology this year. The GRFP is awarded to support “outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees.” This three-year fellowship will allow Hannah to continue her masters’ thesis research and begin her doctoral degree this coming fall. Hannah says she feels "incredibly honored to be an NSF fellow and looks forward to continuing her work on dive fisheries and human well-being in the Philippines and elsewhere." Her award is a recognition that integrated approaches to science disciplines are key to effective management. We are proud of Hannah’s significant achievements to date, and are certain that she will follow in GRFP’s "long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.” Congratulations Hannah!

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Second-year Hannah Bassett on fieldwork, language and decolonization

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Second-year Hannah Bassett on fieldwork, language and decolonization

As a Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) Fellow, second-year Hannah Bassett is currently in the Philippines where she is doing fieldwork for her thesis on Philippine dive fisheries and continuing her Tagalog and Filipino culture studies. In a blog piece posted today, Hannah shares some of her poignant experiences in the learning process and breaks down the often overlooked role that language can play in either continuing colonialism or, instead, working toward decolonization.

Published in the SMEA blog, "Currents: Navigating society & sea," which Hannah founded and leads as Editor-In-Chief, the full post can be read here.

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