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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...
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...
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...
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.

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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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, 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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