Former Students

Rachel Aronson
rsaronson at gmail dot com


Rachel is a graduate of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA), University of Washington, with a B.A. in Biology and Spanish from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on place-based cultures and climate change in Alaska. Rachel's field research has been supported by science crowdfunding at and by the School of Marine Affairs Graduate Student Fellowship Award. She maintains a research blog at




Laura Deighan
ldeighan at uw dot edu


Laura is a graduate of the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) and holds a B.S. in Marine Biology from Florida Institute of Technology.  She is especially interested in marine species conservation and U.S. and international marine policy and how these interplay within the fishing sector, with a strong interest in bycatch reduction and sustainable seafood policy. Her research focuses on Fishery Improvement Projects in the U.S. Part of Laura's thesis work is funded by





Adam Kowalski
Master’s Candidate
akowalsk at uw dot edu
Link to Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Before graduating from the School and Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA), Adam earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. Although his previous research experience focused on coastal and underwater archaeology with an emphasis on anthropogenic impacts to marine ecosystems, Adam is currently interested in the use of learning networks and social relations research to better understand and solve environmental and socioeconomic problems facing coastal communities and our oceans. His Master’s thesis uses social network analysis to examine how structural network characteristics influence the functionality of bridging organizations within a marine/coastal governance framework. This research draws on a variety of theoretical areas, including boundary organization theory, stakeholder theory, and social influence theory.


Adam interned for the Center for Ocean Solution’s Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum in Monterey, California. In addition to conducting research on resource optimization strategies for U.S. coastal fisheries, he plans to use the Center for Ocean Solutions as a case study for evaluating the functionality of a prominent bridging organization.