Five California students nominated by California Sea Grant have been awarded 2013 John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships and will soon head to the nation's capital for yearlong assignments. Four of the fellows will be working in the executive branch of the government and one will be working in a legislative office.
The five fellows are:
Kristin Anderson: Kristin graduated from Scripps Institution of Oceanography with a Master’s of Advanced Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation. She will complete her fellowship at the Office of Communications and External Affairs and Office of Legislative Affairs.
Jared Brewer: Jared earned his master’s degree in earth systems at Stanford University. He will complete his fellowship at the Office of International Affairs. Jared sees the Knauss Fellowship as an opportunity to help bridge the gap between science and policy.
Rachel Fontana: Rachel earned her Ph.D. in ecology from University of California, Davis. She will complete her fellowship at the Congressional Analysis and Relations Division and the Budget Formulation and Analysis Division. Rachel’s career goals involve helping communicate science and its importance to the general public.
Grantly Galland: Grantly earned his Ph.D. in marine biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He will complete his fellowship at the Office of International Affairs doing international relations with scientific agencies in other countries. After the fellowship, he hopes to continue to help manage marine resources, both domestically and internationally.
Miriam Goldstein: Miriam earned her Ph.D. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in biological oceanography. She will complete her fellowship at the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources- Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs. Miriam looks forward to seeing how this experience in policy influences her long-term goals.
The students are among 49 from across the country chosen for this honor this year.
The Knauss Fellowship is sponsored by the National Sea Grant College Program, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), under the U.S. Department of Commerce. The fellowship is named in honor of the distinguished ocean scientist and former NOAA Administrator, who was also a founder of the Sea Grant College Program. For more information on the marine policy fellowship program, visit: http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/.
Written by Nicole Lee