News Release
Date: Aug. 28, 2012

The Center for Maritime Policy & Strategy appoints research staff

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy recently appointed three maritime researchers to the staff of the Center for Maritime Policy & Strategy (CMPS).

Dr. Tiffany Smythe was named a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Maritime Policy. She has extensive professional experience as a coastal management scholar and practitioner, including marine spatial planning related to offshore renewable energy and future uses. Smythe participated in the development of the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (OCEAN SAMP), one of the nation’s first marine spatial plans. Smythe holds a master’s and doctorate in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard Master’s License.

Dr. George A. Stetson also was named a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Maritime Policy. His research examines environmental conflict and natural resource governance arrangements between private companies, governmental agencies and indigenous communities in maritime resource frontiers, including the Arctic. Stetson possesses extensive field experience in sustainable development of governance capabilities. Stetson received his doctorate in political science from Colorado State University and his master’s in Latin American politics from the University of the Andes in Merida, Venezuela.

Lt. Cdr. Erin Adler, U.S. Coast Guard, was appointed as Executive Assistant to CMPS. Adler presently serves as Assistant Professor of Law at the academy. She formerly was Commanding Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Training Team West in Alameda, Calif., and served on cutters Mariposa and Kukui. A specialist in criminal and maritime law, Adler received her doctorate from the University of California Hastings College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Dr. Judith A. Youngman was also reappointed as Interim Director. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Youngman has served as director or as a member of multiple government-sponsored projects focusing on building capacity and resilience in security sector public organizations, with a particular emphasis on the maritime security sector. Youngman is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and the Inter-University Center on Armed Forces and Society. She received her doctorate and master’s in government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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