A discussion with Emma Korein, Marine Policy Ph.D. student and former National Coral Reef Management Fellow | Rising Sea Voices

March 30, 2022

Follow your curiosity and passion: there is no straight path

In this episode, Felicia talks with Emma Korein, a first year Marine Policy Ph.D. student at the University of Delaware. Emma explains that her studies in different academic disciplines proved valuable to the community engagement and outreach work she did across the world on wildlife conservation and management issues. Her curiosity in new topics and aspiration to find sound, just, and equitable solutions to coastal and marine social-environmental-economic issues led her to continue her academic path in marine policy and offshore renewable energy. Learn more about Emma and how to contact her by checking out the American Shoreline Podcast Network/Rising Sea Voices webpage.

We hope you will enjoy this episode and join us monthly to discover new guests and their work! In the meantime, look below for Emma’s bio and contact information.

Emma, a young white woman with dark hair in a ponytail, is wearing a lifejacket and smiling while kayaking near a mangrove forest.

Emma is currently a first year Marine Policy PhD student at the University of Delaware. Her research focuses on energy justice within offshore wind farm development along the northeast coast of the United States. Prior to starting this program, Emma worked as the National Coral Reef Management Fellow in Puerto Rico to help involve stakeholders in coral reef management decision making, with a specific focus on managing the spread of a deadly coral disease outbreak. She also worked as the principal investigator of a sea turtle and forest conservation program in Costa Rica, which focused on research, community engagement, and volunteer education. These diverse experiences reflect her interdisciplinary background: she received a Bachelor's degree from Bates College in Psychology and French with a minor in Education, and a Master's degree from the University of Exeter (in the UK) in Conservation and Biodiversity. She is originally from Philadelphia which has always been home, but traveling is one of her favorite things in the world. She also loves scuba diving, surfing and playing soccer.

You can contact Emma using this email address or by visiting her LinkedIn page.

Coral Diseases Webpage:

During her fellowship in Puerto Rico, Emma worked with a team to build a webpage with information and tools on coral diseases in Puerto Rico. Click here to access it. There is also a Spanish version here.

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This episode was recorded on March 18, 2022.

Show Transcription
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Felicia Olmeta-Schult

Felicia Olmeta-Schult is the 2021 Oregon Sea Grant Resilience Fellow and works to increase the resilience of Oregon communities to the impacts of climate change and coastal natural hazards. She is also ASPN University Project Lead. Felicia has a B.S. in Oceanography from Hawaii Pacific University, a M.A. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University. Her dissertation investigated the North Coast of California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative by studying how stakeholders interacted and were involved during the marine protected area (MPA) planning process and how they perceived socio-economic and ecological effects of MPAs. She was a 2018-19 Washington Sea Grant Hershman Fellow at the Washington Department of Ecology Shorelands & Environmental Assistance Program where she participated in the Washington Coastal Resilience Project. She lives in the Pacific Northwest where she enjoys the outdoors hiking and playing in rivers and the ocean. She loves traveling, especially back home to Corsica, a French Mediterranean island, so she can spend time with her family and swim in the warm sea (and not in the frigid waters of the North Pacific Ocean). You can contact her at felicia@coastalnewstoday.com and follow her on Twitter @FolmetaSchult and on LinkedIn.