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From Math to Mapping: Characterizing the U.S. Caribbean
From Math to Mapping: Characterizing the U.S. Caribbean

From Math to Mapping: Characterizing the U.S. Caribbean

From Math to Mapping: Characterizing the U.S. Caribbean

My Fellowship Position

From Math to Mapping: Characterizing the U.S. Caribbean

By Katharine Egan A few weeks ago, I was sitting in the wet lab on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster watching a video feed from the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that I helped to deploy. The pilot guided the ROV into shallower waters, and I was quick to identify the corals as these depths. I thought about what I was doing this time last year: sitting...
Conservation Success: How Regulations, Policy and Habitat Restoration benefit Wildlife and People.
Conservation Success: How Regulations, Policy and Habitat Restoration benefit Wildlife and People.

Conservation Success: How Regulations, Policy and Habitat...

Conservation Success: How Regulations, Policy and Habitat Restoration benefit Wildlife and People.

My Fellowship Position

Conservation Success: How Regulations, Policy and Habitat Restoration benefit Wildlife and People.

By: Alicia Wilson While spending my first field season of graduate school on the coastal barrier islands of Georgia, I thought I was lucky to witness a record number of loggerhead sea turtle nests for the state. Three years later, as I watch from my fellowship in D.C., I am even more amazed. Loggerhead sea turtle ladies are kicking butt in...
Spreading the Wing: Congressional Outreach for Monarch Butterfly
Spreading the Wing: Congressional Outreach for Monarch Butterfly

Spreading the Wing: Congressional Outreach for Monarch...

Spreading the Wing: Congressional Outreach for Monarch Butterfly

My Fellowship Position

Spreading the Wing: Congressional Outreach for Monarch Butterfly

By Liz Berg As a Congressional and Legislative Affairs Fellow with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), I act as a liaison between the FWS and Congress. One of the issue areas I work on is the conservation of pollinators, including the monarch butterfly. I have responded to inquiries from staff who work for Senators, House...
From “No” to “Ph.D”: a journey from “imposter” to scientist
From “No” to “Ph.D”: a journey from “imposter” to scientist

From “No” to “Ph.D”: a journey from “imposter” to scientist

From “No” to “Ph.D”: a journey from “imposter” to scientist

Communication

From “No” to “Ph.D”: a journey from “imposter” to scientist

By Zac Cannizzo “Not for you. You just don’t have the mind for science.” The words of my 8th grade science teacher when I asked to be placed in Biology for my freshman year. It hurt. I always liked science, and I loved biology. Some of my earliest memories are watching Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. From a young age, I...
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?

Thursday, August 22, 2019

From Math to Mapping: Characterizing the U.S. Caribbean

By Katharine Egan
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in the wet lab on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster watching a video feed from the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that I helped to deploy. The pilot guided the ROV into shallower waters, and I was quick to identify the corals as these depths. I thought about what I was doing this time last year: sitting in front of my laptop using math to find coral reefs just like these for my Master’s thesis research. More specifically, I was using spatial predictive modeling to produce maps showing the potential location of star corals, which can help researchers identify where important reef habitat is located. This year, I didn’t have to predict where the star corals were located, instead I was identifying them as they came across the video feed from the ROV.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Conservation Success: How Regulations, Policy and Habitat Restoration benefit Wildlife and People.

By: Alicia Wilson
While spending my first field season of graduate school on the coastal barrier islands of Georgia, I thought I was lucky to witness a record number of loggerhead sea turtle nests for the state. Three years later, as I watch from my fellowship in D.C., I am even more amazed. Loggerhead sea turtle ladies are kicking butt in Georgia. They are poised to break all nesting records in the state, with an anticipated final nest count of over 4,000! Just 15 years ago, the count hovered around 400 nests total for the entire state.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Spreading the Wing: Congressional Outreach for Monarch Butterfly

By Liz Berg

As a Congressional and Legislative Affairs Fellow with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), I act as a liaison between the FWS and Congress. One of the issue areas I work on is the conservation of pollinators, including the monarch butterfly. I have responded to inquiries from staff who work for Senators, House Representatives, and Congressional committees, including the Senate Energy and Natural Resources and House Natural Resources Committees. I have also prepared outreach materials, and helped coordinate a Congressional briefing – all concerning the monarch butterfly.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

From “No” to “Ph.D”: a journey from “imposter” to scientist

By Zac Cannizzo

“Not for you. You just don’t have the mind for science.” The words of my 8th grade science teacher when I asked to be placed in Biology for my freshman year. It hurt. I always liked science, and I loved biology. Some of my earliest memories are watching Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures. From a young age, I wanted to be a biologist. But, I guess it wasn’t for me. I guess I’m not smart enough. I guess maybe I need to do something else. I just don’t have the mind for science.

Two years. I believed her for two years.

 

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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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