It’s Getting Personal! Learn more about Rising Sea Voices’ Host Felicia Olmeta-Schult, Resilience Fellow at Oregon Sea Grant | Rising Sea Voices Podcast

September 29, 2021

Get to you the fantastic host of the Rising Sea Voices Pod!

In this episode of Rising Sea Voices, your host Felicia Olmeta-Schult shares her personal and professional story. The road has been full of unexpected opportunities, self-search and doubts, and good and not so good surprises. You will discover how a Mediterranean island child ended up in the Pacific Northwest and started as a natural scientist but found her calling as a social scientist and liaison working at the intersection of science, policy, and society. Felicia also shares her battle with cancer and how she had to rethink her approach to her studies and career as a newly disabled person.

Here are links to some topics she addresses during this episode:

·  National Geographic Article about Corsica

·  Pelagos Sanctuary Protecting Marine Mammals in the Mediterranean Sea

·  California Marine Protected Areas Planning Process Historical Information

·  Washington State Coastal Hazards Resilience Network Website

A young white woman (the host of Rising Sea Voices) with brown hair attached in a ponytail is wearing jeans, a grey striped sweatshirt and green vest. She holds a black cane and is standing on a rocky shore at sunset. In the background there is the Pacific Ocean with small waves and the sun setting down. Photo taken in 2014 in Fort Bragg, California.
A young white woman (the host of Rising Sea Voices) with a brown beanie and black fleece is smiling while getting out of a small yellow submarine docked to the research vessel. In the background there is the Pacific Ocean and the California coast. Photo taken in 2008 during a research cruise in California marine protected areas.

You can contact Felicia at We hope you will enjoy this episode and join us monthly to discover new guests and their work! Don’t forget to check out the other podcasts on ASPN.

The Tile for Rising Sea Voices was designed by Brian Gionfriddo. This episode was recorded on September 24th, 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.