Watson Fellow Blog


A Thomas J. Watson Fellowship project exploring how people practice and experience aquaculture



Welcome to AquaCultureShock, a blog chronicling my (mis)adventures as a Watson Fellow!

From July 2016 to July 2017, I pursued an independent research project to learn more about the histories, experiences, and challenges that define aquaculture throughout the world. This year was fully funded by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation and was almost entirely self-directed, with few guidelines and plenty of room for spontaneity. For more information about this amazing organization, check out their webpage. For a more in-depth look at my project, peruse my very first blog post or any of the posts that followed!

August 2017: My Watson year has now ended, but I’m planning to play around with the blog’s format now that I have the time. I know that reading others’ blogs helped ease the feelings of loneliness I felt throughout the year so my hope is that this can serve as a resource for future Watson fellows.  If you are encountering this blog after August 2017 but want to talk with me about aquaculture, oceanography, fish, the Watson fellowship, or any other matter of ocean-related experiences, please  write to me!