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Running Up That Hill: A View from the Capitol
Running Up That Hill: A View from the Capitol

Running Up That Hill: A View from the Capitol

Running Up That Hill: A View from the Capitol

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Running Up That Hill: A View from the Capitol

By: Spring Gaines. Recently, I had the unique opportunity to take a winding tour of one of the most symbolic sites in Washington, D.C.—The Capitol Dome. While climbing the almost 300 steps leading up to an eye-level view of Brumidi and Cox’s work with the Rotunda frieze, the Apotheosis of George Washington and beyond, I was...
Thoughts on Climate Optimism
Thoughts on Climate Optimism

Thoughts on Climate Optimism

Thoughts on Climate Optimism

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Thoughts on Climate Optimism

By: Eleanor Pierel. Upon entering the Knauss Fellowship, I was not sure where I would fall on the optimism scale by the end. You see, as the Climate Policy Fellow, my days revolve around climate change policy and action from the local to international scale. Yet, many of the conversations, meetings and trips throughout my fellowship had a theme of...
The Sky’s the Limit
The Sky’s the Limit

The Sky’s the Limit

The Sky’s the Limit

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The Sky’s the Limit

By: Michelle Nguyen. I stand there in the Hawk’s Nest launch viewing area right outside of Vandenberg Space Force Base near Lompoc, CA, watching as NOAA’s JPSS-2 satellite, atop an Atlas V rocket, successfully joins its Joint Polar Satellite System comrades in orbit. While my eyes are trained on the ascending rocket, I can’t...
Snapshots from the UN Ocean Conference
Snapshots from the UN Ocean Conference

Snapshots from the UN Ocean Conference

Snapshots from the UN Ocean Conference

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Snapshots from the UN Ocean Conference

As part of the Knauss Fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to engage in professional development and travel related to their placements. This summer, a group of fellows traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, for the United Nations Ocean Conference. Continue reading to learn about their unique experiences.  
Locating Progress
Locating Progress

Locating Progress

Locating Progress

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Locating Progress

By: Kate Shlepr. Change invites uncertainty and therefore risk. I feel the weight and exhilaration of this reality as I sit to reflect on events from the past six months, both in my personal life and in our world. For one, it strikes me that I am (now) an openly queer person writing from my desk in a Congressional office two generations after...
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...
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.
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.
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...
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,...
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.   
International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home
International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home

International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home

International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home

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International affairs... from the comfort/confines of home

By: Victoria Luu. A quick Google search reveals no shortage of articles and blog posts describing 2020 as what, at the end of 2019, many hoped and believed would be a “Super Year” for the ocean. However, with the travel bans and limits on in-person gatherings imposed in the wake of COVID-19, most of the international meetings have...
“Knauss” is everywhere you go
“Knauss” is everywhere you go

“Knauss” is everywhere you go

“Knauss” is everywhere you go

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“Knauss” is everywhere you go

By: Grace Roskar. From a summer internship in North Carolina to policy work in D.C., graduate school in Florida, and a research cruise in the Southeast, the variety of experiences I had and the people I met over the years are what influenced my journey to the fellowship.
The Business Case for Knauss Fellows
The Business Case for Knauss Fellows

The Business Case for Knauss Fellows

The Business Case for Knauss Fellows

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The Business Case for Knauss Fellows

By: Meredith Richardson. Knauss Fellows have the unique opportunity to follow their own interests during their fellowship year, rather than exact roles laid out in a job description. It’s this flexibility that allows fellows to serve as connectors between departments and agencies, identifying areas for improvement and increasing...
One NOAA ‘Ohana
One NOAA ‘Ohana

One NOAA ‘Ohana

One NOAA ‘Ohana

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One NOAA ‘Ohana

By: Alexandra Skrivanek. NOAA’s mission of science, service and stewardship is vast in scope, spanning the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean. I can personally attest to this because, in the first 24 hours of traveling with RDML Gallaudet in Hawaiʻi at the start of my fellowship year, we covered most of this breadth.
How a love of seafood brought me to Capitol Hill
How a love of seafood brought me to Capitol Hill

How a love of seafood brought me to Capitol Hill

How a love of seafood brought me to Capitol Hill

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How a love of seafood brought me to Capitol Hill

By: Kat Montgomery. Did you know that most of the salmon you see in grocery stores and restaurants comes from a fish farm? In fact, aquaculture, which is the farming of fish, shellfish and seaweed in fresh or saltwater, produces about half of the world’s seafood supply. I became interested in aquaculture sort of by accident, and that newfound...
Weathering the Storm: Improving Communications About Extreme Weather and Climate
Weathering the Storm: Improving Communications About Extreme Weather and Climate

Weathering the Storm: Improving Communications About Extreme...

Weathering the Storm: Improving Communications About Extreme Weather and Climate

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Weathering the Storm: Improving Communications About Extreme Weather and Climate

By: Christine Bassett. Given my experience thinking about past climate and oceans, it might seem peculiar for me, a geoscientist, to spend my Knauss Fellowship year in the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Office of Observations. Read about how my work at the NWS gives me the opportunity to bring my focus on past human-climate interactions...

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Far from HOMES*: The importance of place-based stewardship

*Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior

By: Kirsten Rhude. Even though my work as a Knauss Fellow makes me feel connected to coastal communities, lately I’ve been missing my time spent in nature. While I may not have realized it initially, my sense of stewardship and love of the natural world, which made me so passionate about becoming a Knauss fellow, have deep connections to home and a sense of place. For me, home is the Great Lakes.

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Decreasing Marine Debris: From Coastal Communities to National Efforts

By: Amanda Dwyer. One of the Knauss Fellowship’s most exciting opportunities is to explore areas of marine science that are outside your academic field of expertise. With my placement at the NOAA Marine Debris Program, I am working to support NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) Zero Waste Initiative to promote zero waste efforts in the organization’s daily operations and events.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

From Katrina to COVID-19: Influences on a Career in Environmental Policy

By: Connor Fagan. In August of 2005, the winds and waves of Hurricane Katrina smashed through the city of New Orleans. A middle-schooler at the time, my life, along with millions of others, as a New Orleanian would never be the same. Since then, I have directed my studies and career towards environmental policy as a result of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

How climate change is changing the way we do science

August 29th, 2005 is a day that I will never forget. My mother and I had evacuated our New Orleans home several days earlier, and we sat glued to the television, transfixed by the images of Hurricane Katrina inundating our city. In the months that followed, we scoured Google Maps, simply to see if our house still stood. When we finally returned home ten months later, I saw how easily entire ecosystems can be disrupted and destroyed by natural disasters. Hurricane Katrina left a legacy of destruction in its wake, but watching my city recover from the devastation gave me an intimate perspective on the issues associated with living in a coastal environment and compelled me to pursue a career in coastal resiliency. 

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Where in the World is Bianca Prohaska? Life as an International Activities Fellow

By Bianca Prohaska. Going into my fellowship position, I knew I would travel a lot, lead our collaborations with India, and  provide support for our work with China. What I didn’t realize is how quickly I would get to start my work and get traveling! Read about my experiences in India, Ireland, Hawai'i, France, Malaysia, and more!

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