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Lindsay Hafen

Lindsay Hafen, a first year master’s student, graduated from the University of Southern California in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology. During her undergraduate career Lindsay dove for Stanford University’s Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project in Sicily to excavate a Byzantine shipwreck. Likewise, she worked as a scientific diver for USC in Palau to gather data on the effectiveness of a marine protected area for increasing food-fish populations. Upon graduating, Lindsay’s passion for the ocean led her to South Africa to earn her PADI Divemaster and Instructor certifications. During this time she fostered her ability to communicate environmental issues by guiding cage-free shark diving and teaching courses on marine conservation and shark behavior. In 2018 Lindsay moved to Hawaii to continue teaching SCUBA full time and personally witnessed coral reef bleaching events and increasingly sickly, depleted fish populations. Even as her students left with increased awareness, Lindsay felt she wasn’t directly addressing the destruction she witnessed. In her search for environmental solutions, she came across a book by Bren Smith called Eat Like A Fish, which details an aquaculture method that combines complementary species which promote carbon-capture and provide sustainable food choices. With an interest in enabling, adapting and expanding regenerative ocean farming for diverse ecosystems, Lindsay plans to specialize in Coastal Marine Resource Management, and Economics and Politics of the Environment at Bren with a focus on eco entrepreneurship.

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