Applied Methodology

Course: CMM 24 / CRD 24

Instructor: Dr. Veronica Méndez Aragón, Dr. Catherine Chambers & Dr. Matthias Kokorsch

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

The core idea of the methods course is really about how to ask good research questions, and then how to answer those questions. The first section of the course covers research design specifically oriented towards UW master's thesis types (i.e., natural and social science field studies, feasibility analysis, business plans, literature analysis, laboratory studies, metadata exploration, etc) but these research design skills are also relevant for the working world and therefore the course covers proposal and grant writing tips. The statistics and social science sections of the course offer the foundation for a variety of methods used in coastal studies research and help students to learn how to conduct and identify high quality research for their thesis as well as their future careers as regional developers or coastal managers. The course ends with an elevator pitch where students practice communicating research ideas effectively and give each other feedback. 


Cat: I like to ask interesting and locally-relevant questions about marine social-ecological systems and use a variety of methods and disciplines to answer these complex questions. I have experience with equity and justice in fisheries management, youth in fisheries, maritime oral histories, indigenous food systems, community change, marine tourism, local food networks, dive tourism management, social aspects of marine litter, Arctic marine litter governance, seaweed aquaculture, equitable governance of sea pen aquaculture, eider farming, and driftwood. I'm really really scared of leopard seals

Matthias: Regional development, the structural change of communities and socio-economic challenges have always been my major interests. Coming from an old industrial area in Germany where structural change was a living reality, I faced these issues first-hand throughout my childhood and adolescence. I was also always fascinated by the everyday lives of people living in remote places, particularly in the circumpolar regions. My main current research interests include community resilience, regional development, particularly in sparsely populated regions, structural changes of old-industrial areas, and resource management in combination with aspects of justice and decision-making processes. 

Verónica: I am a conservation ecologist with a particular interest in migratory systems and in understanding the consequences of global environmental change for biodiversity. My current research investigates migratory decisions, individuals’ responses to environmental changes, and their consequences for population demography and distribution. I address all these issues studying one of the most beautiful birds in Iceland, the Eurasian Oystercatcher!