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Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries announce 2017 Joint Fellowship Recipients

Sea Grant together with the National Marine Fisheries Service are pleased to announce the 2017 NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship recipients. Six population and ecosystem dynamics fellowships and one marine resource economics fellowship were awarded through the 2017 competitive selection process. Fellows are chosen through a two-step competitive process that involves review by the sponsoring state Sea Grant program followed by a national review by an expert panel.

“The NMFS-Sea Grant joint fellowship is a unique and valuable workforce development program for early career scientists interested in applying their work to specific management decisions. I, along with the entire Sea Grant network, would like to congratulate each of the fellows chosen for the 2017 class,” said Jonathan Pennock, Director, National Sea Grant College Program.

The NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program supports students pursuing doctoral degrees in population and ecosystem dynamics as well as marine resources economics. The program is a focused workforce development effort to train highly qualified professionals for NOAA’s science-based approach to fisheries management.

“NOAA Fisheries and Sea Grant have enjoyed a wonderful relationship over the years and this fellowship program has been a successful piece in helping NOAA Fisheries meet its mission objectives, said Ned Cyr, Director of NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology. “We here at NOAA Fisheries are excited to see the contributions of this year’s class.”

Since its inception, the joint fellowship program has supported 81 population and ecosystem dynamics students and 32 marine resource economics students. About 40% of the alumni now work for NOAA.

2017 Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellows:
Caitlin I. Allen Akselrud, Washington Sea Grant and [University of Washington], Lowering the risk of overfishing while increasing profits for California’s most valuable fishery, California market squid

Reed Michael Brodnik, Maryland Sea Grant and [University of Maryland], Impacts of misspecification of spatial structure of assessment and stock on reliability of reference points

Natalie Lowell, Washington Sea Grant and [University of Washington], Genetic risk assessment of native shellfish aquaculture

Elizabeth Ng, Washington Sea Grant and [University of Washington], Does predation information improve stock assessment?

Cassidy Peterson, Virginia Sea Grant and [Virginia Institute of Marine Science], Management Strategy Evaluation of Highly Migratory Coastal Sharks  

Megan Winton, MIT Sea Grant and [University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth], Integrating telemetry data to improve abundance estimates and management advice for a highly migratory marine predator

2017 Marine Resource Economics Fellow:
Adam Hayes, Washington Sea Grant and [University of Washington], Network analysis of a quota share market

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