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Overcoming barriers: Navigating fish passage at hydroelectric dams
Overcoming barriers: Navigating fish passage at hydroelectric dams

Overcoming barriers: Navigating fish passage at...

Overcoming barriers: Navigating fish passage at hydroelectric dams

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Overcoming barriers: Navigating fish passage at hydroelectric dams

By: Nicholas Anderson. I work at the NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation in support of one of the agency’s missions, to ensure our nation has sustainable fisheries and recover threatened and endangered species by promoting fish passage at hydropower dams. I visited two hydropower dams in May 2021 to see how at a local...
Building confidence in a new position
Building confidence in a new position

Building confidence in a new position

Building confidence in a new position

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Building confidence in a new position

By: Michaela Margida. If you type the title of this article into a Google search, as I did nearly a year ago when I was first placed in U.S. Senator Cory Booker’s office as a Legislative Knauss Fellow, you’ll find that there are over 27 pages of results. I read the first 30 or so search results before realizing that confidence...
Fight or Flight
Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight

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Fight or Flight

By: Shellby Johnson. When I received an unexpected invitation during my Knauss Fellowship to join an ocean exploration transit across the North Atlantic, stress definitely entered the room, but I chose to fight, and it was one of the best professional and personal experiences of my life. Learn about my experience in this interactive feature.
Achieving resilience through flexibility
Achieving resilience through flexibility

Achieving resilience through flexibility

Achieving resilience through flexibility

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Achieving resilience through flexibility

By: María Mercedes Carruthers Ferrero. “FEMA flexible” is a phrase I have heard many times throughout my Knauss Fellowship. I have learned that the mindset alluded to by this phrase is not only key to achieving community resilience, but to personal and professional success. 
Bipartisanship is Alive in the House Science Committee
Bipartisanship is Alive in the House Science Committee

Bipartisanship is Alive in the House Science Committee

Bipartisanship is Alive in the House Science Committee

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Bipartisanship is Alive in the House Science Committee

By: Megan McKeown. Turn on any of today’s news outlets and it’s easy to believe bipartisanship is dead. But after almost a year of witnessing how the “sausage gets made” on Capitol Hill, I can tell you that there are pockets of Congress where bipartisanship is still alive.
Centering communities at the heart of fisheries policy
Centering communities at the heart of fisheries policy

Centering communities at the heart of fisheries policy

Centering communities at the heart of fisheries policy

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Centering communities at the heart of fisheries policy

By: Marina Cucuzza. In my work on climate and fisheries issues at the national scale as a Knauss fellow, I am often reminded of the lessons learned from years working with fishers and fishing communities in Maine and in other coastal places. During my Knauss fellowship, I have been able to see firsthand how public input is critical in shaping...
Wondering “weather” to apply: How meteorology fits into the Knauss Fellowship
Wondering “weather” to apply: How meteorology fits into the Knauss Fellowship

Wondering “weather” to apply: How meteorology fits into the...

Wondering “weather” to apply: How meteorology fits into the Knauss Fellowship

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Wondering “weather” to apply: How meteorology fits into the Knauss Fellowship

By: Renee Richardson. The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship specifically targets students who “... have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.” Although it is not explicitly stated, meteorology does fall under this statement. The atmosphere and the ocean are...
From Paralichthys to Policy
From Paralichthys to Policy

From Paralichthys to Policy

From Paralichthys to Policy

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From Paralichthys to Policy

By: Kenneth Erickson. What makes a fisheries biologist qualified to communicate with Congress about satellites and space policy? The same skills that make a successful graduate student: good time management, effective communication and the ability to process and distill complex information.
Life at sea as a Knauss Fellow
Life at sea as a Knauss Fellow

Life at sea as a Knauss Fellow

Life at sea as a Knauss Fellow

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Life at sea as a Knauss Fellow

By: Lu Wang. To take full advantage of all this year has to offer, I adapted a mindset early on in the fellowship to try to say “yes” to every opportunity. And so when my host office asked me if I wanted to go to sea as part of my fellowship, my response could only be, “Absolutely, I do.”   
A decade of growth: How Knauss fellows shaped the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program
A decade of growth: How Knauss fellows shaped the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

A decade of growth: How Knauss fellows shaped the NOAA Ocean...

A decade of growth: How Knauss fellows shaped the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

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A decade of growth: How Knauss fellows shaped the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program

By: Halle Berger. Over the past decade, the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) has grown through the recruitment of Sea Grant Knauss fellows like myself. In celebration of OAP’s 10th anniversary, I interviewed the former Knauss fellows currently working in OAP to better understand how the program has evolved since its...
A Day in the Life of a Legislative Fellow
A Day in the Life of a Legislative Fellow

A Day in the Life of a Legislative Fellow

A Day in the Life of a Legislative Fellow

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A Day in the Life of a Legislative Fellow

By: Elle Wibisono. As an Indonesian fishery scientist, I had no previous knowledge of or experience with the inner workings of the U.S. Congress. Now, as a "leg" fellow, I've learned I need to be prepared to respond to virtually anything. Here is a glimpse of a calm day in the life of a legislative fellow.
A Work in Progress
A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

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A Work in Progress

By: So-Jung Youn. There’s something to be said for the strength and comfort you find in being surrounded by a community that’s passionate and dedicated to the same issues you care about. Listening to the Capitol Hill Ocean Week 2021 speakers, I was inspired by their stories, dedication and perseverance.
Floating in Interagency Space
Floating in Interagency Space

Floating in Interagency Space

Floating in Interagency Space

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Floating in Interagency Space

By: Clea Harrelson. “Who is that?” was a constant refrain in my head for the first few months of my Knauss fellowship. The feeling of being overwhelmed that comes with the beginning of any new job is often described as a “crush”, but for me, it was more accurately a sensation of being untethered, floating in interagency...
Lessons from the (corn) field
Lessons from the (corn) field

Lessons from the (corn) field

Lessons from the (corn) field

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Lessons from the (corn) field

By: Maggie Beetstra. As a social scientist in the Midwest, I spent hours and hours having conversations with farmers, visiting their farms, meeting their families, and trying to understand how they make conservation decisions. Now, as a Knauss fellow, I’ve traded the corn and soybean fields for community resilience and marine education,...
From professional development plans to interpersonal skills, how the Knauss Fellowship offers unexpected and lifelong lessons
From professional development plans to interpersonal skills, how the Knauss Fellowship offers unexpected and lifelong lessons

From professional development plans to interpersonal skills,...

From professional development plans to interpersonal skills, how the Knauss Fellowship offers unexpected and lifelong lessons

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From professional development plans to interpersonal skills, how the Knauss Fellowship offers unexpected and lifelong lessons

By: Kaitlyn Lowder. As a Knauss fellow who just finished up her fellowship year, I can confidently say I had the opportunity to gain the experience that I envisioned and more. Yet, reflecting on this past year, there is an aspect to this fellowship that I had not expected but now cannot imagine advancing my career without: a wealth of professional...
Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and management
Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and management

Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and...

Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and management

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Two sides of the same coin – fisheries science and management

By: Bryan Keller. There are plenty of fish in the sea and some of them taste really good. That is how the saying goes, right? Fisheries management is the reason why plenty of fish continue to be in the sea. But, without fisheries science, fisheries management would not be successful. Transitioning from the world of academia to the world of policy,...
The female mentors who made me
The female mentors who made me

The female mentors who made me

The female mentors who made me

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The female mentors who made me

By: Taylor Goelz. In honor of National Mentoring Month, I wanted to add my two cents to the #WomenInSTEM mentorship conversation and use my Knauss Blog to highlight the female mentors that have made a difference in my life and journey. These women, among many others that I’ve interacted with over the years, exemplify the type of mentor that I...
Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual fellowship
Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual fellowship

Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual...

Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual fellowship

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Five things every Knauss fellow needs during a virtual fellowship

By: Josie Lindsey-Robbins. This fellowship year has been unlike years past, with the majority of fellows in my cohort exclusively teleworking since March 2020. For all future fellows, here are five things I think you need in order to have a successful virtual fellowship.
Learning to tame monkeys
Learning to tame monkeys

Learning to tame monkeys

Learning to tame monkeys

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Learning to tame monkeys

By: Caroline Wiernicki. Who has the monkey? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately. In the words of William Oncken Jr. and Donald L. Wass, the proverbial “monkey” is a concept key to working on a team: an individual’s responsibility or task that contributes towards the team’s broader goals.
A FORCE for Good!
A FORCE for Good!

A FORCE for Good!

A FORCE for Good!

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A FORCE for Good!

By: Jessie Straub. By applying my coastal resilience skills and knowledge during my Knauss Fellowship, I knew I could become a “force” for good. As part of an informal working group for 2020 Knauss fellows, FORCE (Fellows for Organized Coastal Efforts), I have the chance to do just that.   

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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