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New Staff: WSG Welcomes Lisa Watkins

February 1, 2023

We are thrilled to welcome Lisa Watkins as the new community science specialist for the Crab Team at Washington Sea Grant.

Lisa coordinates WSG Crab Team’s volunteer monitoring network, which collects detection data on the invasive European green crab across Washington’s Coastal and Puget Sound regions. She aims to ...

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50th anniversary campaign recognized by Sea Grant awards program

November 28, 2022

Washington Sea Grant (WSG) is thrilled to be recognized by the 2022 Sea Grant Excellence in Communication Awards in the online/social media category around the program’s 50th anniversary celebration. This communications campaign included many components, such as a story map, a lunch and learn series, a commemorative video, and a social media campaign that highlighted historical photos. The initiative ...

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Seven Recent Graduates Selected for the 2022–2023 WSG Hershman Fellowship

September 28, 2022

Congratulations to our new WSG Hershman Fellows!

We are pleased to announce that recent graduates Grace Adams, Abigail Ames, Monea Kerr, Kathryn Loy, Jenna Rolf, Harshitha Sai Viswanathan and Olivia Zimmerman have been awarded the Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellowship for 2022–2023. This fellowship places highly motivated, qualified individuals with marine and coastal host offices throughout Washington, providing fellows with a unique perspective on building marine policy and allowing them to share their academic expertise with the host offices.

This ...

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Five Recent Graduates Announced as Finalists for John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Updated February 3, 2023

We are pleased to announce that three recent graduate students — Mitchell G. Hebner, Caroline Potter, Kelsey Rudes and Jacquelyn Shaff — were selected as finalists for the 2023 class of the prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program.

Since 1979, the National Sea Grant College Program has provided one-year fellowships working within federal government offices in Washington, D.C. to over 1,400 early-career professionals. Legislative fellows typically spend their time learning about marine-related policy ...

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Nicole Faghin, WSG Coastal Management Specialist, Retires

July 26, 2022

Best of luck in your next adventures, Nicole!

Nicole Faghin, who served as a Washington Sea Grant coastal management specialist since 2012, has retired. During her time at WSG, Nicole was an invaluable resource to planners, decision-makers and community members as she fostered partnerships and shared information to make Salish Sea coastlines more environmentally-friendly and resilient. She says she is particularly proud of her work with the Washington Coastal Resilience Project and ...

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New study: 2021 heat wave created ‘perfect storm’ for shellfish die-off

June 23, 2022

Around this time last year, the Pacific Northwest experienced excruciating, record-breaking heat. With funding from Washington Sea Grant, a team led by the University of Washington has compiled and analyzed hundreds of field observations to produce the first comprehensive report of the impacts of the 2021 heat wave on shellfish. The researchers found that many shellfish were victims of a “perfect storm” of factors that contributed to widespread death: The lowest low tides of the year occurred during ...

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New Staff: WSG Welcomes Tracey Fugami

May 31, 2022

We are thrilled to welcome Tracey Fugami as the new human resources specialist at Washington Sea Grant.

Tracey has found passion and fulfillment in the work of human resources (HR) for nonprofit industries. For five years she served as the HR Director at Asian Counseling and Referral Service where she led strategic and operational leadership for the organization. Prior ...

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Help Shape Washington Sea Grant’s Strategic Plan

May 31, 2022

Take WSG’s Strategic Planning Survey and make a difference.

Dear partners and stakeholders,

As the Washington Sea Grant (WSG) Director, I want to personally invite you to help shape the strategic plan for our upcoming 2024-2027 program. If you use, manage, study, or care about coastal and marine resources, then your input ...

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New Staff: WSG Welcomes Ashli Blow

April 25, 2022

Washington Sea Grant is thrilled to welcome Ashli Blow, communications specialist, to the team.

As a communications specialist, Ashli helps advance storytelling related to WSG activities by working alongside researchers and outreach specialists. She develops copy, video and other content on various communication mediums, ranging from digital platforms to print publications.

Previously, Ashli lived and worked in Memphis, Tennessee as a breaking news producer and writer before moving to the Pacific Northwest for ...

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