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Look for the Helpers: Conservation-Focused Research amidst Environmental Crises
Look for the Helpers: Conservation-Focused Research amidst Environmental Crises

Look for the Helpers: Conservation-Focused Research amidst...

Look for the Helpers: Conservation-Focused Research amidst Environmental Crises

My Fellowship Position

Look for the Helpers: Conservation-Focused Research amidst Environmental Crises

By: Andie Chan. I pressed my SCUBA mask to my face as I back rolled off a small catamaran into the warm tropical waters of the Florida Keys. It was my first time SCUBA diving for my Ph.D. research, and I was eager to prove myself. I was starting a project on increasing our understanding of the reproduction and population sizes of pillar corals...
Switching Up Your Communication Style
Switching Up Your Communication Style

Switching Up Your Communication Style

Switching Up Your Communication Style

Tips and Advice

Switching Up Your Communication Style

In the academic world, communication comes in the form of peer-reviewed papers, theses or dissertations, seminar talks, conference talks, and posters. All long format and so deep into the science that you’re no longer certain what language they’re speaking. So, what do you do when you’ve been trained in those styles of...
Transitioning from Academia to Federal Government as a Sea Grant Fellow
Transitioning from Academia to Federal Government as a Sea Grant Fellow

Transitioning from Academia to Federal Government as a Sea...

Transitioning from Academia to Federal Government as a Sea Grant Fellow

Academia to Government

Transitioning from Academia to Federal Government as a Sea Grant Fellow

I hit Submit. I felt anxious. I felt nervous. But, I also felt excited. I had just taken a leap from my comfort zone to a world of unknown. Four months later, I found myself in tears as I read “Good News! You have been selected as a Finalist for a 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.” I was going to transition from academia to...
Sun, Sand and Science: My Path to NOAA
Sun, Sand and Science: My Path to NOAA

Sun, Sand and Science: My Path to NOAA

Sun, Sand and Science: My Path to NOAA

Policy

Sun, Sand and Science: My Path to NOAA

Growing up as an army kid, home was just wherever the military decided to stick my family, never a place I lived. But, as I was walking home from my third day as a Hollings Scholar at NOAA’s Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Pearl Harbor, HI, it hit me that this strange new place actually “felt” like home, it was...
From the dock to the bridge: a shift in perspective on maritime navigation
From the dock to the bridge: a shift in perspective on maritime navigation

From the dock to the bridge: a shift in perspective on...

From the dock to the bridge: a shift in perspective on maritime navigation

Policy

From the dock to the bridge: a shift in perspective on maritime navigation

For the past five years, my typical field day was spent waist deep in marsh mud wielding the tools I needed for success: sunscreen, bug spray (lots of it), and a GPS.  My work day as an environmental scientist and salt marsh ecologist is a very different world from the one I recently jumped into as a Knauss Fellow in NOAA’s Office of...
Around the U.S. in Eight Hours
Around the U.S. in Eight Hours

Around the U.S. in Eight Hours

Around the U.S. in Eight Hours

Day in the Life

Around the U.S. in Eight Hours

Annapolis. Honolulu. Oakland. Charleston. Minneapolis. St. Petersburg. Gloucester. My desk is in Silver Spring, but we also work in Saipan, Stennis, and Seattle. Working with NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management means working with regions across the nation’s states and territories and sometimes changing my surroundings, virtually, every...
A Lasting Humatak Watershed Adventure
A Lasting Humatak Watershed Adventure

A Lasting Humatak Watershed Adventure

A Lasting Humatak Watershed Adventure

Outreach

A Lasting Humatak Watershed Adventure

“Look! This is where we live?! I can’t believe we’re still on Guam! It’s so beautiful!” That was the genuine reaction of a middle schooler as our bus climbed a hill, revealing to us a breathtaking view of Sella Bay in southern Guam. We were en route to our first stop on the Humatak Watershed Adventure, which I was...
Never Underestimate the Power of a Free Meal
Never Underestimate the Power of a Free Meal

Never Underestimate the Power of a Free Meal

Never Underestimate the Power of a Free Meal

Tips and Advice

Never Underestimate the Power of a Free Meal

If someone told me a year back that I’d roll out of bed, wear formal clothing I’d never owned previously, and walk into work (with my own desk and everything), I would have laughed my loudest! Prior to 2019 I was the typical graduate student, living the lab life in my jeans and sneakers, and never having heard of the Knauss Fellowship....
My Knauss Story: A day in the life of a Congressional staffer
My Knauss Story: A day in the life of a Congressional staffer

My Knauss Story: A day in the life of a Congressional...

My Knauss Story: A day in the life of a Congressional staffer

Day in the Life

My Knauss Story: A day in the life of a Congressional staffer

As the air horn blew, I couldn’t help but laugh. Even NBC News caught me laughing. During a committee hearing, Representative Cunningham (D-SC) wanted to illustrate that seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic ocean would be as loud and disruptive to the endangered North Atlantic right whale as his air horn blast was to the hearing.
Welcome to the Knauss Fellowship Blog!
Welcome to the Knauss Fellowship Blog!

Welcome to the Knauss Fellowship Blog!

Welcome to the Knauss Fellowship Blog!

Knauss Blog

Welcome to the Knauss Fellowship Blog!

The Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is a one-year paid immersive policy experience that provides a unique educational and professional experience to graduate students, but what does that mean? Who are Knauss Fellows and what do they do?

Monday, July 15, 2019

Look for the Helpers: Conservation-Focused Research amidst Environmental Crises

By: Andie Chan. I pressed my SCUBA mask to my face as I back rolled off a small catamaran into the warm tropical waters of the Florida Keys. It was my first time SCUBA diving for my Ph.D. research, and I was eager to prove myself. I was starting a project on increasing our understanding of the reproduction and population sizes of pillar corals using genetic techniques, so I needed to collect small pieces of tissue from multiple colonies to bring back to the lab at Penn State. Fortunately, pillar corals at this dive site in Key Largo were conspicuous and prevalent. I swam along a 60 meter stretch of upward-reaching colonies that looked almost furry with their tentacles moving in the current. With great care, I took a small amount of tissue from several colonies to minimize wounding these animals – many of which were likely hundreds of years old.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Switching Up Your Communication Style

In the academic world, communication comes in the form of peer-reviewed papers, theses or dissertations, seminar talks, conference talks, and posters. All long format and so deep into the science that you’re no longer certain what language they’re speaking. So, what do you do when you’ve been trained in those styles of communication for the past five years and you begin a communications position in the federal government as part of the Knauss fellowship program for a climate modeling program?

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Transitioning from Academia to Federal Government as a Sea Grant Fellow

I hit Submit. I felt anxious. I felt nervous. But, I also felt excited.

I had just taken a leap from my comfort zone to a world of unknown.

Four months later, I found myself in tears as I read “Good News! You have been selected as a Finalist for a 2019 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.” I was going to transition from academia to the world of policy in Washington, DC.

And I was terrified.

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Sun, Sand and Science: My Path to NOAA

Growing up as an army kid, home was just wherever the military decided to stick my family, never a place I lived. But, as I was walking home from my third day as a Hollings Scholar at NOAA’s Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) in Pearl Harbor, HI, it hit me that this strange new place actually “felt” like home, it was something deep in my bones. Now, I am not typically one for signs from the heavens or one to put much stock in ‘feelings’, but I can tell you that this moment was life altering and set me on a path to one day make it back there.

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Friday, May 31, 2019

From the dock to the bridge: a shift in perspective on maritime navigation

For the past five years, my typical field day was spent waist deep in marsh mud wielding the tools I needed for success: sunscreen, bug spray (lots of it), and a GPS.  My work day as an environmental scientist and salt marsh ecologist is a very different world from the one I recently jumped into as a Knauss Fellow in NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, the nation’s nautical chart makers.

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