Western's Salish Sea Institute announces its '24-'25 Fellows cohort

Expanding research and knowledge to protect the Salish Sea, the institute welcomes a new cohort of eight Fellows from Washington state and British Columbia

BELLINGHAM, WA - Western Washington University's Salish Sea Institute has announced its second cohort of Salish Sea Fellows.

Following a competitive selection process, this group of eight individuals with varied expertise will advance transboundary projects to enhance research and awareness of priority issues in the Salish Sea. The Salish Sea Institute is sponsoring this research to further improve the understanding of our region’s coastal climate issues.

The new cohort of fellows includes:

  • Chloe Robinson, Ocean Wise Conservation Association, Victoria, BC
  • Isabelle Maurice-Hammond, doctoral candidate, University of Victoria
  • Kelly Bushnell, independent researcher, Seattle WA
  • Kieran Cox, postdoctoral researcher, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver BC
  • Rob Williams, chief scientist with Oceans Initiative, Seattle, WA
  • Xi Wang and James Miller, assistant professors, WWU
  • Jessica Plumb, independent filmmaker, Port Townsend, WA

See the list of Fellows and their bios here.

The funding for the Salish Sea Fellows program comes from a generous gift from the Greer/Solien Foundation.

The institute's first cohort of Salish Sea Fellows carried out projects such as a workshop for Salish Sea environmental leaders on Evidence-Based Hope (Elin Kelsey); a paper on the need to determine a threshold for underwater noise, a short film on the recovery of Humpback whales and more.

About the Salish Sea Institute

Working with Western Washington University’s goal to advance a deeper understanding of engagement with place, the Salish Sea Institute works to share knowledge across disciplines and borders. Founded in 2017, the Salish Sea Institute asks questions and seeks solutions to move towards a more equitable system of learning on and off Western Washington University’s campus, and collectively caring for the Salish Sea. The Institute aims to inform the region about the Salish Sea’s history, ecology, culture, and management complexities and solutions.