Current Grad Students

Hannah Bassett

Hannah is a PhD student who studies small-scale fisheries through an interdisciplinary lens. Her work pulls largely from anthropology, political science, history, and social-ecological systems science. In her dissertation research, Hannah is addressing sustainability considerations of dive fisheries, or those in which fishers use an underwater breathing apparatus, such as SCUBA or hookah, to access marine resources. Currently she is working with members of the California red sea urchin dive fishery to establish a historical timeline of the fishery and identify factors that have affected the member’s experience. This work is a continuation of her Master’s thesis in which she reviewed the extent and nature of dive fisheries globally.  Hannah received her Master’s of Marine Affairs from UW’s School of Marine and Environmental Affairs in 2019.  Her work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ian Davies

Ian is pursuing an M.S. with a focus on planetary data science. He is interested in the social vulnerability of communities amidst environmental change like wildfires and flooding. At UW, he is studying methods to improve rapid response flood mapping from satellite imagery. Prior to entering grad school, Ian completed his B.S. at UCLA. His work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He likes cycling, German beer, and Dungeons and Dragons.

Mary Fisher

Mary recently completed her M.S. in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences  at UW.

She joined our lab in 2018 and is collaborating with NOAA to investigate on the impacts of harmful algal blooms on the Dungeness crab fisheries. Her PhD work will focus on the impact of climate change on social-ecological systems. Beyond research, Mary participates in science outreach and education as a member of the Lessons Committee for Students Exploring Aquatic Sciences, and provide tools to engage scientists in public comment as the project lead for The Public Comment Project. Her work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Laura Nelson’s PhD work is highly interdisciplinary with a focus on the connections of people and marine ecosystems. Her work investigates the ways in which ecosystem change propagates through communities ultimately impacting individual and community well-being. Laura received her B.S. from Dartmouth College and her Masters from the UW School of Marine & Environmental Affairs. Her work is supported by The Nature Conservancy.



 Caitlyn O’Connor

Caitlyn is a M.S. student and is working on the impacts of non-point source pollution (stormwater) on marine ecosystems.  Her objective is to provide the scientific foundation for better stormwater management.  Prior to joining our group, Caitlyn received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Victoria.


Eve Rickenbaker

Eve is a PhD student researching racial inclusiveness in public gardens from historical and contemporary perspectives in Seattle, Washington and Charleston, South Carolina. Her objective is to understand how racial history has impacted who has access to and benefits from public gardens today. Eve also manages the herbarium at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens.