June 18, 2014
Program: International Environmental Policy, Concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
Undergraduate Institution: Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo, CA
Fast Fact: Nate loves ecological relations (the new “environmental policy”) so much he once took care of over 30 cats at one time, and over 30+ tanks of fish at one time, but not both cats and fish at the same time.
Fulbright location: Kenting, Taiwan, at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium Coral Lab. Think Monterey, but less fog and more corals.
What will be the focus of your work and research, and why have you chosen to explore this topic?
My research aims to determine the total economic value of the marine reserve (no fishing) portion of the Kenting National Park. The Center for Blue Economy (CBE) taught me nature has both intrinsic and financial value, and that we need a better way of measuring, monitoring, and protecting both kinds of value. If we fully understand the financial contributions of nature, then we will make better choices about how to develop and how to protect ecosystems.
How has your experience at MIIS prepared you to take this step?
I would not have realized this was a step I wanted to take without MIIS and the CBE. The intercultural fluency, policy analysis, and natural resource economic skills learned at MIIS proved vital in securing both the Fulbright fellowship and my future career. Before attending MIIS, a Fulbright fellowship seemed impossible, now it seems like it was inevitable, I couldn’t imagine attending any other school.