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Michelle Tigchelaar

Michelle Tigchelaar

Early Career Fellow

Michelle Tigchelaar is an Early Career Fellow at the Stanford Center for Ocean Solutions, where she coordinates the Oceans & Future of Food initiative. In collaboration with the Stanford Center for Food Security and the Environment, this initiative aims to build a transdisciplinary research agenda on the role of the oceans within global food systems, highlighting issues related to food security, equity, poverty alleviation, marine ecosystems, and environmental change. Michelle obtained BSc and MSc degrees from Utrecht University, and a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Prior to coming to Stanford, she was a Research Associate at the University of Washington, studying the impacts of a warming climate on crop yields, agricultural workers, and pests. Michelle has extensive experience as a science communicator, acting as a Science Communication Fellow with the Pacific Science Center, co-developing a climate conversations web-app, and delivering climate justice workshops for labor unions in Washington State.