Keynote Speaker Yoshitaka Ota, Ph.D.
Yoshitaka Ota, Ph.D. is the Director of Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center and Professor of Practice at the University of Washington’s School of Marine & Environmental Affairs. Dr. Ota has a background in social anthropology from the University College London. He has conducted ethnographic research on various coastal communities, including Palau, UK, Indonesia and Japan, studying the socialization and cultural meanings associated with fishing practices. For the last ten years, he has been engaged in policy research involving coastal indigenous communities, marine spatial planning and human security. Dr. Ota is also the director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, an international initiative comprising an interdisciplinary team of 20+ institutes. His core research interest is to understand how to strengthen social equity in ocean governance while we face global environmental changes.
Luncheon Speaker David B. Williams, author
In this talk, author David B. Williams tells the long story of the Sound, tracing human history from the earliest records more than 12,500 years ago to present. He will also consider overlooked species such as Olympia oysters, rockfish, geoduck, kelp, and herring, as well as salmon and orca. Witty, graceful, and deeply informed, these stories presents a fascinating and hopeful narrative, one that will introduce newcomers to the astonishing life that inhabits Puget Sound and offers longtime residents new insights into and appreciation of the waters they call home.
David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose new book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound, is a deep exploration of the stories of this beautiful waterway. He is also the author of the award-winning book, Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City and Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum.