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Chris Oliver

Master's Candidate

coliverj at gmail dot com

Chris is a Master's student at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA). Before entering SMEA, he earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Washington. Having grown up in Alaska, Chris has long taken an interest in the natural world, especially the marine environment. He now seeks to augment his appreciation of natural science with an understanding of the processes behind natural resource management. He is particularly interested in fisheries management issues and their potential solutions.

Katie Thompson

Master's Candidate

krthomps at uw dot edu

Katie received a BA in Biology from Oberlin College. During her undergraduate career, she conducted research on a variety of topics, including the effects of ocean acidification on phytoplankton in Puget Sound, butterfly diversity on coffee farms in Costa Rica, and recovery patterns of mangroves in Mexico. She also worked at a local aquarium in her hometown of Bellingham, putting on public outreach programs.

After graduating from Oberlin, Katie was granted a Fulbright Fellowship in Costa Rica where she taught at the Universidad de Costa Rica and volunteered for sea turtle conservation organizations.
As a Master's Candidate at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, she plans to focus on community-based marine resource management and conservation strategies both in the U.S. and internationally.

Ezra Beaver

Master's Candidate

ebeaver at uw dot edu

Currently a Master's Candidate at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA), Ezra earned a B. A. in Environmental Studies, Political Science, and American Studies from Eckerd College. For four years Ezra has worked for a marine focused environmental consulting firm specializing in data management and marine mapping. He has also worked as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska and Washington. Ezra is interested in marine energy, fisheries management, and marine spatial analysis. While at SMEA, Ezra will be focusing on the human dimensions of tidal energy in Washington State.

Mike Chang

Master's Candidate

changm4 at uw dot edu

Mike received a B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. He has previously worked on projects concerning phylogenetics of plants, molecular and population ecology of the invasive Mnemiopsis, coral bleaching, and community management in the Solomon Islands. Apart from his scientific background, Mike has also had a passion for communication and education, and has worked as an intern for the Louisville Science Center and as a teaching assistant for the Duke Talent Identification Program. He is pursuing a thesis in alternative forms of science communication through art and to study methods of connecting the traditionally distant groups of scientists, policy makers, and the public and utilizing these methods to hopefully inform environmental policy.

Hilary Polis

Master's Candidate

polishi at uw dot edu

Hilary graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Environmental Economics, Policy, and Management and a minor in Oceanography. She previously worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where she conducted human dimensions research to help determine the socioeconomic impacts associated with new marine reserves and marine protected areas along the Oregon Coast. She most recently spent time working with a marine veterinarian and conducting fieldwork off of the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. Hilary seeks to combine her interests in oceanography, social science, and economics at SMEA, where she will study the human dimensions of tidal energy.

Neal Mc Millin

Master's Candidate

tnmmill at uw dot edu

Neal received a BA in Southern Studies and Economics from the University of Mississippi. Inspired from a semester in Scotland, he spent his 2013 summer backpacking through remote Scottish islands courtesy of a Barksdale A ward fellowship from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College researching the socio­economic impacts of wave and tidal energy. While in the U.K., Neal interviewed experts on the emerging marine renewable industry with a particular focus on wave and tidal energy. As a Master's candidate at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, he plans to seek the linkages between the emerging renewables industry, the ocean environment, and the larger public.