OceanX Zoom Talks

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2020 Speakers

Sally Brownfield: Squaxin Island tribal elder, Salish Sea protector

Sally is one of the People of the Water, the Squaxin Island Tribe that has lived on and with the water and its plants and animals for thousands of years. Daughter, wife, mother, educator, food gatherer, weaver, salmon fisher, oyster shucker, archaeological digger—her story is rich with experiences. Sally appears courtesy of Washington Environmental Council.


Emily Pinckney: Marine biologist, environmental justice activist

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Emily Pinckney grew up along the Salish Sea in Tacoma. She knew since she was three years old that she loved the ocean and at 10 years old, decided to be a marine biologist. With degrees from Humboldt State University and Duke University, she works as the youth coordinator for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and currently serves on the WA state Environmental Justice Task Force, Sustainable Tacoma Commission, 500 Women Scientists, and the South Sound Urban League Young Professionals. Emily also choreographs with inspiration from many different styles of dance, mainly contemporary, african, and jazz dance, focusing on intersectionality in her identity within the environmental movement.


Judy Twedt: Climate scientist and digital composer

Judy is a University of Washington climate scientist who shares climate science through data-driven music compositions. Raised in Tacoma, a fifth generation Washingtonian in a family of musicians, she has worked as a fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, taught and tutored in Amman, Jordan and Washington DC, interned in the Pacific Northwest National Lab and NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab and I designed a new doctoral program to translate and express climate data through music.

Listen to Judy and her composition “Arctic Sea Ice.”