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NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program

 

Participants at the NMFS-SeaGrant 2017 Research Sympsoium

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics is designed to help Sea Grant fulfill its broad educational responsibilities and to strengthen the collaboration between Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Since 1999, Sea Grant and NMFS have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program in two specialized areas: population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resource economics. Population and ecosystem dynamics involve the study of fish populations and marine ecosystems to better assess fishery stock conditions and dynamics. 

 

The goals of the NOAA Fisheries/Sea Grant Fellowship Program are: 

  • To encourage qualified applicants to pursue careers in either population and ecosystem dynamics and stock assessment or in marine resource economics 
  • To increase available expertise related to these fields 
  • To foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NOAA Fisheries 
  • To provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.

Applying to the Fellowship

To help achieve the goals of the fellowship, each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries who will serve on the Fellow’s committee. The mentor may also provide access to research data sources and to working/laboratory space in a NOAA Fisheries research facility and/or research vessel, if appropriate.


Eligibility

The Fisheries Fellowship is available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the United States and its territories. Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

Length of Fellowship

Ph.D. candidates interested in the population and ecosystem dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status can receive up to three years of funding. Ph.D. students in marine resource economics, concentrating on the conservation and management of living marine resources, can receive two years of funding.

How to Apply

Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program and not submit information directly into grants.gov Only U.S. citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm, local Time January 27, 2017. Sea Grant Programs must transmit the application via Grants.gov by 5:00 pm, Eastern Time February 24, 2017. There are two separate funding numbers for the two portions of this competition. Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2017-2005039 Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity - NOAA-OAR-SG-2017-2005041 To obtain the RFP, please visit www.grants.gov.

Award and Expenses

The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of Federal funds, will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of $46,000 per year ($38,333 in federal dollars and $7,667 in matching dollars). The award provided to each Fellow is for salary (stipend), living expenses, tuition, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed research and to attend the annual Fellows meeting (at rotating locations).

For more information, please contact your local Sea Grant Program or OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov.

Annual Research Symposium

NMFS-Sea Grant Graduate Fellows are required to participate in an annual Research Symposium, which takes places at a different NMFS Lab each year.  Fellows are asked to update the group on the progress of their research, with first year Fellows giving posters, and second and third year Fellows giving presentations.  NMFS Scientists and Sea Grant staff also attend and participate, giving the Fellows the opportunity to hear about the cutting edge research being done at the NMFS Lab and the outstanding work conducted by the state Sea Grant program.  Most importantly, the Symposium provides each Fellow with feedback at critical stages of their research by their peers and NMFS scientists.  Field trips, lab tours, and socials also round out the Symposium, providing plenty of time to network with each other and the NMFS and Sea Grant participants.  The 2018 Symposium will take place at the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA.

Book of Abstracts - 2017 NMFS-Sea Grant Research Symposium (PDF)

Book of Abstracts - 2016 NMFS-Sea Grant Research Symposium (PDF)

Book of Abstracts - 2015 NMFS-Sea Grant Research Symposium (PDF)

Book of Abstracts - 2014 NMFS-Sea Grant Research Symposium (PDF)

Current Fellows

2015 Fellows

Nicholas Ducharme-Barth

Name: Nicholas Ducharme-Barth
Sea Grant Program: Florida Sea Grant
School: University of Florida
Professor: Robert Ahrens
NMFS Mentor: Kyle Schertzer
Research: Using VMS Data to Understand the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery and Targeted Populations
Award Ends: 2018

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

Mary Donovan

Name: Mary Donovan
Sea Grant Program: Hawaii Sea Grant
School: University of Hawaii, Manoa
Professor: Megan Donahue
NMFS Mentor: Ivor Williams
Research: Ecological Indicators of Coral Reefs across Multiple Spatial Scales in Hawaii
Award Ends: 2018
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
 

Cecilia O'Leary

Name: Cecilia O'Leary
Sea Grant Program: New York Sea Grant
School: Stony Brook University
Professor: Janet Nye
NMFS Mentor: Timothy Miller
Research: The Mechanistic Influence of Climate on Fish Population Dynamics and Distribution and its Implications for Spatially Integrated Stock Assessment
Award Ends: 2018 Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
 

Lisa Ailloud

Name: Lisa Ailloud
Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
School: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Professor: John Hoenig
NMFS Mentor: Matthew Lauretta
Research: Improving Stock assessments and Management Advice for Tunas and other Highly Migratory Species
Award Ends: 2018
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
 

Quang Huynh

Name: Quang Huynh
Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
School: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Professor: John Hoenig
NMFS Mentor: John Walter III, Jon Brodziak
Research: Extensions and Applications of Mean Length Mortality Estimates
Award Ends: 2018
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
 

Kelli Johnson

Name: Kelli Johnson
Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant
School: University of Washington
Professor: Andre Punt
NMFS Mentor: Isaac Kaplan
Research: Multi-Species Methods to Facilitate the Transition from Heuristics to Statistics in an Ecosystem Based Approach to Fisheries Management
Award Ends: 2018
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

William Goldsmith

Name: William Goldsmith
Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
School: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Professor: John Graves and Andrew Scheld
NMFS Mentor: Kristy Wallmo
Research: Characterizing the Behavior and Preference of Anglers in the Recreational Fishery for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) along the US East Coast
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Marine Resource Economics
 

Andrew Carr-Harris

Name: Andrew Carr-Harris
Sea Grant Program: Rhode Island Sea Grant
School: University of Rhode Island
Professor: Hirotsugu Uchida
NMFS Mentor: Min-Yang Lee
Research: Econometric Models of Community Resilience and Regional Effects of Fishery Management: an Application to Northeast Fisheries
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Marine Resource Economics

2014 Fellows

Christine Stawitz

Name: Christine Stawitz
Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant
School: University of Washingtonk
Professor: Tim Essington
NMFS Mentor: Melissa Haltuch
Research: Evaluating the Importance of Growth Variation in Marine Fish Population Dynamics and Stock Assessment
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Lauren Yamane

Name: Lauren Yamane
Sea Grant Program: California Sea Grant
School: University of California, Davis
Professor: Lou Botsford
NMFS Mentor: Steve Lindley
Research: Quantifying the Roles of Environmental Variability and the Portfolio Effect in the Population Dynamics of the Sacramento River Fall Chinook Salmon Stock
Award Ends: 2016
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Allison Dedrick

Name: Allison Dedrick
Sea Grant Program: California Sea Grant
School: University of California, Davis
Professor: Lou Botsford
NMFS Mentor: Mandy Karnauskas
Research: Quantifying the Interactive Effects of Ocean Acidification, Temperature Change, and Fishing Behavior on Population Dynamics and Management Decisions
Award Ends: 2016
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Lisa McManus

Name: Lisa McManus
Sea Grant Program: New Jersey Sea Grant
School: Princeton University
Professor: Simon Levin
NMFS Mentor: Rusty Brainard
Research: Assessing the Impacts of Connectivity on Coral Reef Metacommunity Dynamics in the Coral Triangle
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Matthew Nuttall

Name: Matthew Nuttall
Sea Grant Program: Florida Sea Grant
School: University of Miami
Professor: Elizabeth Babcock
NMFS Mentor: John Walter III Research: Environmental and Ecological Influences on the Dynamics of Gulf Menhaden (Brevoortia patronus)
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Mark Stratton

Name: Mark Stratton
Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
School: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Professor: Rob LaTour

NMFS Mentor: Rick Hart Research: Ecosystem Drivers of US South Atlantic Coastal Fish Stock Assessment
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Katherine Kaplan

Name: Katherine Kaplan
Sea Grant Program: New York Sea Grant
School: Cornell University
Professor: Patrick Sullivan
NMFS Mentor: Dvora Hart
Research: Evaluating Atlantic Sea Scallop Incidental Mortality and Habitat Effects from Bottom Fishing using the Habitat Mapping Camera System
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Laura Urbisci

Name: Laura Urbisci
Sea Grant Program: California Sea Grant
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Professor: Hunter Lenihan
NMFS Mentor: Kevin Piner
Research: Developing a New Ecosystem-Based Management Approach: Using Ecosystem Models to Calculate a Better Estimate of Population Scale for Single-Species Models
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Peter Kuriyama

Name: Peter Kuriyama
Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant
School: University of Washington
Professor: Trevor Branch
NMFS Mentor: Alan Hicks, John Harms
Research: Integrating Hook and Line Survey Data and Ecological Observations to Improve Stock Assessments of Key Rockfish Species in Untrawable Habitats
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Benjamin Marcek

Name: Benjamin Marcek
Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant
School: Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Professor: Mary Fabrizio
NMFS Mentor: Richard Brill, Joseph (Kevin) Craig
Research: Individual-Based, Dynamic-Landscape Models of Marine Fishes Incorporating Ecophysiological Constraints
Award Ends: 2017
Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Jeffrey Schrader

Name: Jeffrey Schrader
Sea Grant Program: California Sea Grant
School: University of California, San Diego
Professor: Joshua Graff Zivin
NMFS Mentor: Dale Squires
Research: Forecasts and Adaptations
Award Ends: 2016
Fellowship: Marine Resource Economics

 

Jennifer Meredith

Name: Jennifer Meredith
Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant
School: University of Washington
Professor: Chris Anderson
NMFS Mentor: Amber Himes-Cornell
Research: Modeling the Migration Decisions of Fish Harvesters in Rural Alaska
Award Ends: 2016
Fellowship: Marine Resource Economics

 

Fellowship Alumni

2013 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Katelyn Bosley (OR) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Christopher Free (NJ) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Steven Garner (MS-AL) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Ian Kroll (NC) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Cole Monahan (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Lynn Waterhouse (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Marysia Szymkowiak (DE) - Marine Resource Economics


2012 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Lewis Barnett (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics 
Meagan Dunphy-Daly (NC) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Susan Hilber (OR) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Jeffrey Rutter (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Cody Szuwalski (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Kailin Kroetz (CA) - Marine Resource Economics
 

2011 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Elizabeth Council (FL) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Benjamin Galuardi (MIT) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Charles Perretti (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Holly Ann Perryman (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Matthew Smith (VA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
David King (CA) - Marine Resource Economics
Andrew Ropicki (FL) - Marine Resource Economics
Andrew Scheld (RI) - Marine Resource Economics


2010 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Emilius Aalto (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Valerie Brown (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Mark Fitchett (FL) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Dan Goethel (MIT) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Samuel Truesdell (ME) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Geret Depiper (MD) - Marine Resource Economics
Peter Hayes (ME) - Marine Resource Economics




 

 



2009 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Melissa Hedges (LA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Mark Henderson (VA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Patrick Kilduff (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Jocelyn Lin (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Patrick Lynch (VA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Skyler Sagarese (NY) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
James Thorson (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Ben Gilbert (CA) - Marine Resource Economics
Chris Keneddy (FL) - Marine Resource Economics

2008 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Dovi Kacev (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Brandon Puckett (NC) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Kevin See (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Taylor Chapple (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Steven Saul (FL) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Teresa Stafford (TX) - Marine Resource Economics
Stephen Kasperski (MD) - Marine Resource Economics

2007 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Kiersten Curti (RI) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Carey McGilliard (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Ming-Yang Lee (IL-IN) - Marine Resource Economics
Elizabeth Smith (RI) - Marine Resource Economics

2006 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Amanda Bradford (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Robert Leaf (VA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Cameron Speir (IL-IN) - Marine Resource Economics
Matthew Freeman (RI) - Marine Resource Economics



2005 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

John Brandon (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
William Eldridge (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Michael Errigo (ME) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Sarah Glaser (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Matthew Krachey (NC) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Harrison Fell (WA) - Marine Resource Economics
Joshua Wiersma (RI) - Marine Resource Economics
Tina Wilson (LA) - Marine Resource Economics

2004 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

James Murphy (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Beth Gardner (NY) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Jamie Leff (NH) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Leif Anderson (WA) - Marine Resource Economics
Joshua Abbott (CA) - Marine Resource Economics

2003 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Katherine Mills (NY) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Eric Ward (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
James Hilger (CA) - Marine Resource Economics
Alan Haynie (WA) - Marine Resource Economics

2002 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

Thomas Ihde (VA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Melissa Haltuch (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Yasmin Lucero (CA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Stephanie Wood (MIT) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

2001 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows

John Walter (VA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Michael Frisk (MD) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Ian Stewart (WA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Julie Neer (LA) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Reena Shaw (RI) - Marine Resource Economics
Michael Price (MD) - Marine Resource Economics

2000 NMFS/SG Fellows

Dana Hanselman (AK) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Christopher Grogan (WHOI) - Population and Ecosystem Dynamics
Sylvia Brandt (CA) - Marine Resource Economics
Ronald Felthoven (CA) - Marine Resource Economics

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