Center for the Blue Economy Rides a Wave
Riding a wave that includes new office space, new staff, new research and new student success stories, the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) is, quite literally, on the move.
The CBE’s new home is the Craig Building at 472 Pierce Street (the former location of the Digital Learning Commons), across the street from the main faculty offices in the McCone Building. The Center’s new location includes office space for faculty and staff as well as classroom and seminar space.
Recently moving into the new space to assist CBE Director Jason Scorse with day-to-day management of the Center and its programs was Monica Galligan, who holds an MS in Coastal and Watershed Science and Policy from California State University Monterey Bay, where she currently lectures on environmental policy and economics. Also joining the CBE team earlier this year was Judith Kildow, the director of the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) at the CBE, who previously spent 25 years as a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Ocean Engineering, as well as serving as senior social scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Dr. Charles Colgan, lead market economist for NOEP, also serves as a professor of public policy and management in the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, and chairs the Muskie School’s Ph.D. program in public policy.
As the team settles into their new space, they are in the process of launching several exciting new initiatives and research projects. These include: launching a new, peer-reviewed Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics; conducting a collaborative, interdisciplinary study of the impact of commercial marine vessels on coastal ecosystems; examining the challenges of balancing food safety concerns with sustainable agriculture practices in the coastal region; and pursuing a study of the high prevalence of mislabeled seafood (“imposter fish”) in U.S. markets.
CBE staff were also proud to inform us about the jobs recently secured by environmental policy graduates Lisa Johnston (MAIEP ’12) at World Resources Institute, Frank Reynolds (MAIEP ’12) at Friends of the Sea Otter, and Alyssum Pohl (MAIEP ’12) with a fellowship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Alyssum also won a Eucalyptus Scholarship at MIIS). “This is the real payoff for everything we’re doing to ramp up the Center right now,” commented Professor Scorse. “It’s all about training policy professionals who can go out and have an immediate impact on issues affecting marine and coastal resources.”