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Ryan Kelly

Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs

I have a broad set of interests, focused both on hard scientific data and policymakers’ use of those data. I study the interplay among geography, ecology, and genetics in marine species, joining primary research with real-world implementation in law and policy. I am generally attracted to projects that have significant elements of both scientific and policy relevance as we work towards more sustainable use of marine resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy O'Donnell

Postdoc Par Excellence

Jimmy is a postdoctoral research associate working on eelgrass habitats in Puget Sound using environmental DNA. His research focuses on the ways that ecological processes like species interactions generate biodiversity both within and across species, especially in a spatial context. He has implemented a variety of experimental, genetic, and computational approaches to study marine systems, but maintains a lifelong interest in other ecosystems. You can read more about Jimmy's research at his website.
http://jimmyodonnell.github.io/

 

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Ramón Gallego

Postdoc Par Excellence

Ramón is a postdoctoral researcher working on the use of environmental DNA to identify changes in marine communities that can be linked to changes in ocean chemistry, mainly pH. Areas in which pH varies naturally pose an opportunity to look at the effects that ocean acidification could pose for marine communities. His interests include the use of high throughput sequencing techniques to address ecological and biological questions, from inferring the diet of elusive species to species distribution modeling and their projected shifts with future climate conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Kralj

Jimmy graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a degree in microbiology in 2015. He is particularly interested in using scientific data to inform policy and management decisions regarding marine ecosystems. As an undergraduate, Jimmy researched the impacts of quagga mussels on the ecology of Lake Michigan using computer models, studied sediment oxidation on the Oregon Coast, and traveled to both Ecuador and Thailand where he studied tropical ecology and microbiology respectively. As a marine affairs student he is greatly looking forward to continue doing scientific research while pursuing his passions for policy and management.

 

 

 

 

 

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Alumna

 

Natalie Lowell Master's Student Extraordinaire Natalie studied molecular environmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is interested in ecology, conservation biology, and sustainable food systems. After graduation, she worked as a field technician at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and as a farmhand through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms in New Zealand. She is pursuing a Master of Marine Affairs degree in order to enrich her science background with a better understanding of environmental policy and economics. Natalie enjoys singing, hiking, and tide-pooling.    

Natalie Lowell

Master's Student Extraordinaire

Natalie studied molecular environmental biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and is interested in ecology, conservation biology, and sustainable food systems. After graduation, she worked as a field technician at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory and as a farmhand through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms in New Zealand. She is pursuing a Master of Marine Affairs degree in order to enrich her science background with a better understanding of environmental policy and economics. Natalie enjoys singing, hiking, and tide-pooling.

 

 

Research Affiliates, Past and Present

Colleen Crotty Colleen attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi where she studied Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology.  She then worked in central Portugal radio-tracking river otters and helped develop and instruct a youth science summer camp curriculum with a coastal TX non-profit. She has spent five years working in the Gulf of Mexico as a Protected Species Observer and Passive Acoustics Monitor on seismic exploration vessels monitoring and reporting on compliance with federal mitigation measures. This led her to Seattle where she completed a Masters in Marine Affairs in 2015. She is interested in marine conservation policy and public education/outreach.

Colleen Crotty

Colleen attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi where she studied Environmental Science with an emphasis in Biology.  She then worked in central Portugal radio-tracking river otters and helped develop and instruct a youth science summer camp curriculum with a coastal TX non-profit. She has spent five years working in the Gulf of Mexico as a Protected Species Observer and Passive Acoustics Monitor on seismic exploration vessels monitoring and reporting on compliance with federal mitigation measures. This led her to Seattle where she completed a Masters in Marine Affairs in 2015. She is interested in marine conservation policy and public education/outreach.

 

 

 

 

Mikaela Freeman Mikaela studied biology and environmental policy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She then worked at the Seattle Aquarium where she learned about the organisms of the Pacific Northwest and gained an understanding of the importance of this ecosystem. She graduated in the spring of 2015 from the University of Washington with her Masters of Marine Affairs degree with the goal of pursuing a career in marine conservation and policy and sustainable resource management. Mikaela is currently a 2015-2016 Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow working for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on assessing paddlesports. She loves to play soccer and cook and hopes to continue working and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Mikaela Freeman

Mikaela studied biology and environmental policy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She then worked at the Seattle Aquarium where she learned about the organisms of the Pacific Northwest and gained an understanding of the importance of this ecosystem. She graduated in the spring of 2015 from the University of Washington with her Masters of Marine Affairs degree with the goal of pursuing a career in marine conservation and policy and sustainable resource management. Mikaela is currently a 2015-2016 Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow working for Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission on assessing paddlesports. She loves to play soccer and cook and hopes to continue working and living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

 

 

 

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