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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Many congratulations to MARINA Lab's 2016 graduates! Ian Baker, Claire Dawson, Chris Giordano, Jillian Lyles, and Alex Tanz are now officially Masters of Marine Affairs. We will miss them dearly, but have been inspired by all that they have done at SMEA and look forward to all that they will accomplish!
A special shoutout to Liliana Bastian, who (although she celebrated with last year's class) was one of two 'Best Thesis' Honorable Mentions this year for her thesis titled, "Exploring participation of women in the management of marine wetlands".
First year Masters student, Hannah Russell, has been awarded the highly competitive Boeing Fellowship to support her fieldwork in Ghana this coming fall. Russell will be working with Ghanaian NGO Hen Mpoano to study food security amongst fish consumers in Takoradi, Ghana in conjunction with their ongoing Sustainable Fisheries Management Program, funded by USAID. Her fieldwork will span three months and primarily involve performing interviews to gather data on the demographics of the consumers of small pelagic fish caught by the artisanal canoe fishery.
"Working with Eddie Allison on the human rights aspects of Ghanaian fisheries has been my academic dream since a Political Ecology class I took at Cal [Berkeley] in 2008," Russell said. "I am very grateful to Boeing, the University of Washington, and the professors who have supported me with this endeavor."
Her work will be part of a body of work to address USAID's Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative goals in Ghana.
Second year MARINA Master's students Liliana Bastian and Christopher Giordano have each received a Hewlett Endowed Fund for Environmental Studies and Marine Affairs award. In addition, Liliana received awards from the UW College of the Environment Student Travel and Meeting Fund and UW Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation Student Travel Award.
Second year Jillian Lyles has been awarded the Linda Maxson Endowment Marine Policy Award which 'seeks to encourage students to pursue experiential professional development opportunities' and is awarded to 'those demonstrating desire for a powerfully informative experience resulting in better understanding of interdisciplinary, professional network development and challenge the student to leave his/her comfort zone'.
Lastly, Hannah Bassett has received a scholarship from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs as she begins her first year as a student with MARINA this fall.