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Students from Landscape Architecture Class Present Analysis of Port of Providence at Stakeholder Workshop

Undergraduates from Landscape Architecture and Graduate students from Marine Affairs and Environmental Science and Management presented their analysis of the Port of Providence to Stakeholders on Wednesday, the 29th of October. The sustainable design studio studio combines these disciplines to design a more resilient Port of Providence through policy, planning, and design. The presentation of(…)

Students, Alumni, and Faculty Participate in “Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience” Conference

The URI Marine Affairs department was well represented this past week at the combined conference between Restoring America’s Estuaries (RAE) and The Coastal Society (TCS) held at National Harbor. During the nearly week long conference entitled “Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience,” former and current MAF students, MAF faculty, and close colleagues of the department were involved(…)

MAF Grad and Undergrad Students Conduct Research in Rhode Island’s Coastal Salt Ponds

This summer, PhD student Jasmine Hwang, MAMA Grad students Eric Kretsch, Emily Patrolia, and Maria Vasta, and Undergrad MAF students Julia Bancroft and Sarah Robinson conducted boat-based surveys and land-based intercept interviews on the Salt Ponds in Rhode Island. The research was for Professors Tracey Dalton and Rob Thompson’s project to create high resolution inventory(…)

MAF students present at Society for Human Ecology

MAF students present at Society for Human Ecology

Three MAF Masters’ students, Hilary Lohmann, Lena Weis and Maria Vasta and one undergraduate MAF major, Julia Bancroft, recently presented their research at the XX International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology  which took place in Bar Harbor, ME, from October 22 – 25.  Hilary gave a talk based on her thesis research in the Dominican(…)

MAF PhD students join experts for Northeast Risk and Resilience Leadership Forum

  On October 8, 2014, close on the two year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, two URI Marine Affairs PhD students, Duncan McIntosh and Peter Stempel joined over 350 leading environmentalists, policy makers, scientists, and insurance industry experts for the Northeast Risk & Resilience Leadership Forum in Stamford, CT, to assess the lessons learned from the(…)

MAF welcomes Prof. Jessica Frazier!

  The Dept. of Marine Affairs welcomes our new Visiting Assistant Professor in Social Movements, U.S. Global Relations, and Race and Gender. Prof. Jessica Frazier is interested in researching and teaching about connections between social justice concerns and the history of coastal communities and coastal management.   Prof. Frazier’s current research interests include studying the(…)

Prof. Macinko delivers keynote at World Forum of Fisher Peoples

Prof. Macinko delivers keynote at 6th General Assembly of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples, 1-5 Sept. 2014, Cape Town, South Africa. See it here: Some might be interested in the WFFP more generally and their website is quite informative:

Lena Weiss (MAMA) conducts surveys of fishermen along the MA North Shore

    Lena Weiss (MAMA) conducts surveys along the North Shore of Massachusetts This summer (2014), Lena Weiss has been conducting surveys of recreational fishermen along the North Shore of Massachusetts to better understand why they participate (or not) in volunteer fish tagging programs.  Through her field work, Lena has had the opportunity to talk(…)

Hilary Lohmann (MAMA) studies coastal community members in the Dominican Republic

    Masters’ student studies coastal community members in the Dominican Republic Through the support of a GFDD and FUNGLODE Fellowship, Hilary Lohmann (MAMA) is spending part of her summer (2014) in the Dominican Republic collecting data for her Masters’ Thesis.  Her thesis is investigating the vulnerability of coastal community members to changes associated with(…)

URI Coastal Society Chapter launches new web presence

The URI TCS is committed to addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships and promoting communications and education. The Chapter has a new GroupSpaces page at:

Austin Becker and John Englander on: Superstorms and Rising Sea Levels Present a New Challenge for Ports

Austin Becker teamed up with John Englander to contribute an opinion piece to the American Association of Port Authorities Seaports Magazine. Download it HERE. John Englander ( is an expert and business consultant on the risks and adaption to rising sea level. He is the author of “High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis.” See(…)

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