Monster Seminar Jam
The NWFSC's science seminar series features weekly presentations from our scientists and colleagues.
Melissa Watkinson-Schutten, M.A., Equity and Environmental Justice Manager (Puget Sound Partnership) is presenting a talk, "From shorelines to fencelines: Understanding disparities to build climate resilience."
Abstract and Biography
Melissa Watkinson-Schutten is the Equity and Environmental Justice Manager at the Puget Sound Partnership. She is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and also descends from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Melissa has a master’s degree in policy studies from the University of Washington Bothell. Melissa considers the Salish Sea her home, where she works to ensure equitable, inclusive and healthy access to the marine environment and workforce. Much of her work has included applying social science methods and Indigenous methodologies in partnership with WA tribes to better understand the potential impacts and adaptation measures of climate change.
Melissa previously worked at Washington Sea Grant where she supported the social science efforts of the Olympic Coast Ocean Acidification Vulnerability study, a cross-disciplinary and community-based participatory project. Melissa will present the findings of the socio-economic assessment as part of that project, and share insights into how this work connects to other aspects of environmental justice in our region.
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