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Joint Fellowship Program

NOAA Fisheries & Sea Grant 

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).

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Upcoming Event: July 31-August 2, 2023

2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Research Symposium

The 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Research Symposium will be held this year in Silver Spring, Maryland, from July 31-August 2, 2023. All of NOAA and faculty mentors are invited and encouraged to attend – please click on the button below to register for the event.

Population & Ecosystem Dynamics

Since 1990, 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.

Meet the 2023 Fellows

Andrea Odell
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow
California Sea Grant
University of California, Davis
Faculty Advisor: Marissa Baskett
Project: Improving empirical weight-at-age in fisheries stock assessments by incorporating spatiotemporal variability in growth
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
NOAA Mentor: Kristin Marshall
Annie Innes-Gold
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Hawai'i Sea Grant Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology Faculty Advisor: Lisa McManus Project: Where people meet the sea: how do climate change, resource management, and biocultural restoration drive fish population and fisheries dynamics in the Indo-Pacific? Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Tye Kindinger
Kaitlyn Malakoff
Marine Resource Economics Fellow Alaska Sea Grant Arizona State University Faculty Advisor: Kailin Kroetz Project: The Effects of International Tariff and Non-Tariff Trade Policies: Implications for Fishers and Fishing Communities in Alaska NOAA Fisheries NOAA Mentor: Ben Fissel
Katrina Zarrella Smith
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Woods Hole Sea Grant University of Massachusetts Amherst Faculty Advisor: Adrian Jordaan Project: Building a next-generation, climate-ready stock assessment informed by spatially explicit population process Northeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Timothy Miller
Max Grezlik
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow MIT Sea Grant University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faculty Advisor: Steve Cadrin Project: Application of Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management using Multispecies Models Northeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Sean Lucey
Sophia Rahnke
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Hawai'i Sea Grant Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology Faculty Advisor: Lisa McManus Project: Exploring historical dynamics and future management scenarios to support sustainable practices on Hawaiian coral reefs Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Donald Kobayashi
Zoe Rand
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant University of Washington Faculty Advisor: Trevor Branch Project: Modeling population dynamics of exploited whales using historical data National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Paul Wade
Anna Simeon
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant University of Washington Faculty Advisor: Lorenz Hauser Project: Stress-Testing Close-Kin Mark-Recapture: How does sampling bias in CKMR affect spawner population size estimates in Sockeye Salmon? Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Eric Anderson

How to Apply

Contact Your State Program

Click here to find your state program and begin the application process.

Review the Fellowship Student Guide

Click here to download the 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Student Guide.

Review the Student Applicant Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships

Click to download the Student Applicant Guide to Sea Grant Fellowships (pdf) for application preparation tips.

Eligibility

The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowships are available to U.S. citizens who are graduate students enrolled in or provisionally accepted to Ph.D. 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

The fellowship can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working towards a Ph.D. in quantitative programs including ecology, ecosystem ecology, population dynamics or related fields of study such as wildlife biology, fishery biology, marine biology, quantitative ecology, applied mathematics, applied statistics, simulation modeling, marine resource economics, natural resource economics, or environmental economics.

How to Apply

Students should submit applications to a Sea Grant Program. Student applications are due to Sea Grant Programs by 5:00 pm local time on January 25, 2023. 

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Federal Funding Opportunity
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics anticipates funding at least four new Ph.D. fellowships in 2023 to students who are interested in careers related to marine ecosystem and population dynamics, with a focus on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems, for assessing the status of fish, invertebrate, and other targeted species stocks and for assessing the status of marine mammals, seabirds, and other protected species.

Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics anticipates funding at least one new Ph.D. fellowship in 2023 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. 

For a list of required application materials and evaluation criteria, see the 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Student Guide.

Award and Expenses

The award for each Fellowship, contingent upon the availability of federal funds, will be in the form of a cooperative agreement of up to $58,333 in federal funding plus at least 20% matching funding per year. This fellowship can provide support for up to three years. The award provided to each Fellow is for stipend, tuition, fees, equipment, supplies, and travel necessary to carry out the proposed research and to attend the annual Fellows meeting (at rotating locations).

Connecting with Sea Grant programs and NOAA Fisheries Science Centers

Applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to the Sea Grant program in their state/territory at least one month prior to the state application deadline to receive application support and provide notification of intent to apply.

Applicants enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program in a state or territory served by a Sea Grant Program must submit to that program. Applicants in states or territories without a Sea Grant program must submit their applications to the Sea Grant program to which they were referred to by the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program Manager, who can be reached at OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov or (240) 507-3712.

To help achieve the goals of the fellowship, each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NOAA Fisheries who may provide data for a fellow’s thesis, serve on the fellow’s committee, and/or host an annual summer internship at the participating NOAA Fisheries facility. Mentors will be from participating NOAA Fisheries Science Centers or offices. Staff lists and recent publications for each of the NOAA Fisheries Science Centers are listed on each Center’s website, linked below. Applicants in the Great Lakes region or in an area without a NOAA Fisheries Science Center may contact a potential mentor whose research aligns with their own. 

Alaska Fisheries Science Center (staffpublications); Northwest Fisheries Science Center (staffpublications); Southwest Fisheries Science Center (staffpublications); Northeast Fisheries Science Center (staffpublications), Southeast Fisheries Science Center (staffpublications); Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (publications)

For more information, please contact your local Sea Grant Program or OAR.SG.Fellows@noaa.gov / (240) 507-3712.

 

Annual Research Symposium

Funding News & Announcements

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 2023 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Research Symposium will be held this year in Silver Spring, Maryland, from July 31-August 2, 2023. This event offers the opportunity to learn from our fellows as they share with you their research in marine resource economics and population and ecosystem dynamics. Additionally, it is a chance for NOAA employees to engage and network with our future workforce. All of NOAA and faculty mentors are invited and encouraged to attend – please register for the event here.

Agenda   |   Book of Abstracts

2022 Fellows

Karl Aspelund
Resource Economics Fellow MIT Sea Grant Massachusetts Institute of Technology Faculty Advisor: Benjamin A. Olken Project: Individual tradable quotas: Balancing impacts on efficiency and labor markets Northeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Min-Yang Lee
Johnna Brooks
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow North Carolina Sea Grant North Carolina State University Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey A. Buckel & Jie Cao Project: Development of a novel seasonal size-structured, tag-integrated, state-space stock assessment model with application to an estuarine fish stock Southeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Kyle W. Shertzer
Emily Chen
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow California Sea Grant University of California Berkeley Faculty Advisor: Stephanie Carlson Project: Incorporating age structure into pre- and post-season assessments of California’s salmon fishery Southwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentors: Michael R. O’Farrell & William H. Satterthwaite
Matthew Marrero
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Florida Sea Grant Florida International University Faculty Advisor: Alastair Harborne Project: Modeling ecosystem-scale coral reef fisheries in South Florida using novel recreational fisher behavior data Southeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Matthew McPherson
Katrina Munsterman
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Michigan Sea Grant University of Michigan Ann Arbor Faculty Advisor: Jacob E. Allgeier Project: Incorporating consumer-producer feedbacks to quantify fish production on artificial reef habitats Southeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Matthew D. Campbell
Kristin Privitera-Johnson
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant University of Washington Faculty Advisor: André E. Punt Project: Methods for improving catch stability & informing assessment frequency Northwest Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Richard D. Methot
Genoa Sullaway
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Alaska Sea Grant University of Alaska Faculty Advisor: Curry James Cunningham Project: Applying an integrated population model to understand marine processes affecting Western Alaskan Chinook salmon productivity and aid in bycatch prediction Alaska Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Lauren A. Rogers
Sarah Weisberg
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow New York Sea Grant Stony Brook University Faculty Advisor: Janet A. Nye Project: Advancing climate-informed, ecosystem-based fisheries management through food web modeling, indicator development and risk analysis in the rapidly warming Gulf of Maine Northeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA Mentor: Sean M. Lucey

2021 Fellows

Grant Adams
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant University of Washington Faculty Advisor: André Punt Project: Performance of multispecies harvest control rules Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) NOAA Mentor: Kirstin Holsman
Thomas Anderson
Marine Resource Economics Fellow California Sea Grant University of California, Davis Faculty Advisors: James Sanchirico, Tyler Isaac Project: Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Antibiotic Use in Aquaculture Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) NOAA Mentor: Dale Squires
Nima Farchadi
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow California Sea Grant San Diego State University Faculty Advisors: Kiva Oken, Rebecca Lewison Project: Improving Predictions of Distribution Change Under Anomalous Conditions Using a Joint Fishery-Species Distribution Model Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) NOAA Mentor: Elliott Hazen
A. Challen Hyman
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Virginia Sea Grant William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science Faculty Advisors: Romuald Lipcius, Grace Chiu Project: Demographic modeling of nursery habitat for the blue crab Callinectes sapidus Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Daniel Hennen
Janelle Morano
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow New York Sea Grant Cornell University Faculty Advisor: Patrick Sullivan Project: Quantifying Spatio-Temporal Responses of Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change and Other Anthropogenic Habitat Modifications to Facilitate Adaptive Management Strategies Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Kevin Friedland
Samara Nehemiah
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Maryland Sea Grant University of Maryland Faculty Advisor: Michael Wilberg Project: Evaluating the performance of spatially explicit population models to estimate abundance of Chesapeake Bay fishes Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Amy Schueller
Shelby White
Marine Resource Economics Fellow Virginia Sea Grant William & Mary Virginia Institute of Marine Science Faculty Advisors: Andrew Scheld, Michael Loeffler Project: Assessing Participation and Diversification in Virginia’s Small-Scale Commercial Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Scott Crosson

2020 Fellows

Kathrine Dale
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow California Sea Grant University of California San Diego Faculty Advisor: Rita Mehta Project: Predicting spatio-temporal shifts in larval fish abundance in the eastern Pacific using Bayesian hierarchical modeling Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) NOAA Mentor: Andrew Thompson
Matthew Damiano
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow North Carolina Sea Grant North Carolina State University Faculty Advisor: Jie Cao Project: Development and application of a spatially-explicit stock assessment and management strategy evaluation tool for common dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea Beaufort Lab (SEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Kyle Shertzer
Nicholas Fisch
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Florida Sea Grant University of Florida Faculty Advisor: Robert Ahrens, Ed Camp Project: Evaluating the use of composition data within fisheries assessment and its effect on management Beaufort Lab (SEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Kyle Shertzer
Amanda Hart
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Woods Hole Sea Grant University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Faculty Advisor: Gavin Fay Project: Tackling technical interactions in ecosystem-based fisheries management through management strategy evaluation Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Jonathan Deroba
Cameron Hodgdon
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Maine Sea Grant University of Maine Faculty Advisor: Yong Chen, James Sulikowski Project: A framework to assess and forecast spatio-temporal dynamics of fish stocks in a changing environment Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Burton Shank
Samuel May
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant University of Washington Faculty Advisor: Kerry Naish Project: Quantifying the effects of assortative mating on population recruitment and viability Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) NOAA Mentor: Eric Ward, Robin Waples, Mike Ford
Victoria Quennessen
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Oregon Sea Grant Oregon State University Faculty Advisor: Will White Project: Sea turtle population dynamics: consequences and response to climate-shifting sex ratios Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) NOAA Mentor: Stephan Munch
David Nicholas Weber
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Texas Sea Grant Texas A&M University Faculty Advisor: David Portnoy Project: Applying genomic techniques to fisheries management: a focus on exploited groupers (family Serrandiae) Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) NOAA Mentor: Beverly Barnett
Devynn Wulstein
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Hawai’i Sea Grant University of Hawai’i Faculty Advisor: Joshua Madin Project: Structure-from-motion to benthic population models: developing a pipeline for broadscale decision-making on coral reefs Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) NOAA Mentor: Thomas Oliver
Russell Dame
Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant University of Washington Faculty Advisor: Kerry Naish Project: Quantifying the effects of assortative mating on population recruitment and viability Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) NOAA Mentor: Eric Ward, Robin Waples, Mike Ford

Fellowship Alumni

2019 Fellows

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow California Sea Grant Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz NOAA Mentor: Stephan Munch

Claire Rosemond Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Oregon Sea Grant Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle and Newport NOAA Mentors: Jason Cope and Aaron Berger

Emily Liljestrand Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Michigan Sea Grant Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Woods Hole NOAA Mentor: Jonathan Deroba

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle NOAA Mentor: James Thorson

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Virginia Sea Grant Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Miami NOAA Mentor: Matthew Lauretta

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Auke Bay and Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle NOAA mentors: Dana Hanselman and Melissa Haltuch

 

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow Washington Sea Grant Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle NOAA mentors: Eric Ward and Christopher Harvey

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow California Sea Grant Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Santa Cruz NOAA Mentor: E.J. Dick

2015 Fellows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 Fellows

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow
California Sea Grant
University of California Santa Cruz
Project: Oceanographic effects on rockfish (Sebastes spp.) reproductive success and consequences for population
https://sabrinabeyer.com/

Marine Resource Economics Fellow
California Sea Grant
University of California Berkeley
Project: Estimating the Effectiveness of the World’s Fishing-Restricted Areas

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow
Rhode Island Sea Grant
University of Rhode Island
Project: A bayesian state-space approach to improve projections of stock biomass for managing New England groundfish
https://web.uri.edu/gso/joe-langan/

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow
Maine Sea Grant
University of Maine
Project: Developing a management strategy evaluation framework for the Maine lobster fishery in a changing Gulf of Maine
http://mackenzie-mazur.squarespace.com/

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow
Virginia Sea Grant
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Project: Dealing with most species: improving methodology for forming and assessing species complexes

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow
Hawaii Sea Grant
University of Hawaii
Project: Understanding and predicting population outbreaks of the destructive coral-eating crown-of-thorns sea star, Acanthaster planci, in the U.S. Pacific Islands

Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellow
MIT Sea Grant
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Project: Performance evaluation of qualitative and Bayesian network social-ecological models for use in an integrated system
http://www.smast.umassd.edu/lab_fay/

2014 Fellows

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016/2017 Fellows

Caitlin I. Allen Akselrud

Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant

School: University of Washington

Professor: Trevor Branch and Andre Punt

NMFS Mentor: Anne Hollowed

Research:  Lowering the risk of overfishing while increasing profits for California’s most valuable fishery, California market squid

Award Ends: 2020

Sea Grant Program: Maryland Sea Grant

School: University of Maryland

Professor: Thomas Miller

NMFS Mentor: Kiersten Curti

Research: Impacts of misspecification of spatial structure of assessment and stock on reliability of reference points

Award Ends: 2020

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Adam Hayes

Sea Grant Program:  Washington Sea Grant

School: University of Washington

Professor: David Layton

NMFS Mentor: Alan Haynie

Research:  Network analysis of a quota share market                                                                     

Award Ends: 2019

Fellowship: Marine Resource Economics

 

Name: Natalie Lowell

Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant

School: University of Washington

Professor: Lorenz Hauser

NMFS Mentor: Eric Ward and Robin Waples

Research:  Genetic risk assessment of native shellfish aquaculture                                               

Award Ends: 2020

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Elizabeth Ng

Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant

School: University of Washington

Professor: Timothy Essington

NMFS Mentor: Jonathan Deroba

Research: Does predation information improve stock assessment?                                              

Award Ends: 2020

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Cassidy Peterson

Sea Grant Program: Virginia Sea Grant

School: Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Professor: Rob Latour

NMFS Mentor: Enric Cortes

Research: Management Strategy Evaluation of Highly Migratory Coastal Sharks  

Award Ends: 2020

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Megan Winton

Sea Grant Program: MIT Sea Grant

School: University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

Professor: Gavin Fay

NMFS Mentor: Benjamin Galuardi

Research: Integrating telemetry data to improve abundance estimates and management advice for a highly migratory marine predator

Award Ends: 2020

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Cassie Finer

Sea Grant Program: Oregon Sea Grant

School: Oregon State University

Professor: David Lewis

NMFS Mentor: Cameron Speir

Research: Dike removal and salt marsh restoration for fish habitat: Estimating the effects on coastal land markets

Award Ends: 2018

Fellowship: Marine Resource Economics

 

Name: Charles Waters

Sea Grant Program: Washington Sea Grant

School: University of Washington

Professor: Naish

NMFS Mentor: Jeff Hard Research: Modeling the effects of inbreeding in salmon hatcheries on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of supplemented wild populations

Award Ends: 2018

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Dan Ovando

Sea Grant Program: California Sea Grant

School: University of California, Santa Barbara

Professor: Costello & Gaines

NMFS Mentor: Jason Cope

Research: A Bayesian framework for utilizing fishery independent Marine Protected Area monitoring data in stock assessments

Award Ends: 2018

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Erin Bohaboy

Sea Grant Program: Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant

School: University of South Alabama

Professor: William Patterson

NMFS Mentor: Shannon Cass-Calay

Research: Modeling the Effects of Release Mortality Mitigation in the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Reef Fishery: Red Snapper

Award Ends: 2019

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Mikaela Provost

Sea Grant Program: California Sea Grant

School: University of California, Davis

Professor: Louis Botsford

NMFS Mentor: Michael O’Farrell

Research: Sensitivities of West Coast fish stocks to environmental variability, and their use in management

Award Ends: 2019

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Robert Dunn

Sea Grant Program: California Sea Grant

School: San Diego State University/University of California, Davis

Professor: Hovel/Baskett

NMFS Mentor: Steve Munch

Research: Analysis of size-structured predation and multi-trophic level harvest using stage-structured and integral projection models

Award Ends: 2019

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Zack Oyafuso

Sea Grant Program: Hawaii Sea Grant

School: University of Hawaii

Professor: Erik Franklin

NMFS Mentor: Jon Brodziak

Research: Transitioning stock assessments of commercially important Hawaiian demersal fish species through age-structured assessments

Award Ends: 2019

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Brandon Chasco

Sea Grant Program:  Oregon Sea Grant

School: Oregon State University

Professor: Selina Heppell

NMFS Mentor: James Thorson

Research: Integrated spatial, temporal mixed-effects models: leveraging stock assessment techniques for threatened and protected species.

Award Ends: 2019

Fellowship: Population and Ecosystem Dynamics

 

Name: Anna Birkenbach

Sea Grant Program:  North Carolina Sea Grant

School: Duke University

Professor: Martin Smith

NMFS Mentor: Min-Yang Lee

Research:  Structural modeling of transitions to catch shares                                                          

Award Ends: 2018

Fellowship: Marine Resource Economics

 
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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