Lindsay Olsen

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From Yale
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University of Cape Town
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Beyond Fish: Exploring Alternative Livelihood Solutions for Rural Coastal Communities

Lindsay is a master’s candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where her work focuses at the nexus of conservation and development and coastal resilience. She is passionate about advocating for the needs of fishing communities, whose livelihoods are increasingly threatened by climate change. Lindsay is originally from Alaska where she spent over a decade working in the commercial salmon fishing industry, most recently as part of an all-woman crew. In 2013 she completed a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, researching knowledge-sharing networks within small-scale fishing communities in five different countries. She is particularly interested in the role social enterprise can play in solving environmental problems. She graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with a B.A. in History.