Introducing the Rising Sea Voices Podcast with Nick Tealer, Oregon Sea Grant 2019-2021 Natural Resources Policy Fellow

July 3, 2021

Up-and-coming coastal professionals

Welcome to the Rising Sea Voices Podcast (RSVP) on the American Shoreline Podcast Network! Hosted by Oregon Sea Grant 2021 Resilience Fellow Felicia Olmeta-Schult, RSVP will highlight the work of undergraduate and graduate students and early-career professionals in coastal, estuarine, and ocean science and engineering. In this inaugural episode, Felicia will tell you more about RSVP goals and mission before introducing her first (and amazing) guest Nick Tealer. Nick is the Oregon Sea Grant 2019-2021 Natural Resources Policy Fellow with the Oregon Coastal Management Program and the Washington Coastal Zone Management Program. He has been assisting in the development of a Geographic Location Description (GLD). GLDs are predetermined spatial boundaries outside of the coastal zone. They are activity-specific (e.g., offshore aquaculture, sea-bed mining) and give the state authority to review federal activity within their boundaries. We hope you will enjoy this episode and join us monthly to discover new guests and their work! In the meantime, check out Nick’s bio and contact information below.

Nick Tealer is a current Natural Resources Policy Fellow with the Oregon Coastal Management Program and the Washington Coastal Zone Management Program. After graduating law school, Nick Tealer has worked with these programs to help advance the sustainability and conservation of the states’ natural resources. As he completes his fellowship, he hopes to find a career continuing his dedication for marine policy and coastal zone management.

You can contact Nick at or check out his LinkedIn profile.

The Tile for Rising Sea Voices was designed by Brian Gionfriddo.

This episode was recorded on June 3rd, 2021.

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 and follow her on Twitter @FolmetaSchult and on LinkedIn.