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

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

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

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

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...
Decreasing Marine Debris: From Coastal Communities to National Efforts
Decreasing Marine Debris: From Coastal Communities to National Efforts

Decreasing Marine Debris: From Coastal Communities to...

Decreasing Marine Debris: From Coastal Communities to National Efforts

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

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

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

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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...
How climate change is changing the way we do science
How climate change is changing the way we do science

How climate change is changing the way we do science

How climate change is changing the way we do science

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

Where in the World is Bianca Prohaska? Life as an...

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

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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...
Thinking Fast and Slow: Keeping pace with international fisheries policy
Thinking Fast and Slow: Keeping pace with international fisheries policy

Thinking Fast and Slow: Keeping pace with international...

Thinking Fast and Slow: Keeping pace with international fisheries policy

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Thinking Fast and Slow: Keeping pace with international fisheries policy

By Madi Harris Speed-walking down 5th Avenue in my suit while fighting early Manhattan summer humidity was not the morning I had planned for myself. Expecting the early Amtrak train from D.C. to New York to be on schedule may have been my own naivety, but I now found myself tempting a late arrival for my very first meeting at the United Nations...
Belonging: a look into my year in the Knauss fellowship as a first generation immigrant
Belonging: a look into my year in the Knauss fellowship as a first generation immigrant

Belonging: a look into my year in the Knauss fellowship as a...

Belonging: a look into my year in the Knauss fellowship as a first generation immigrant

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Belonging: a look into my year in the Knauss fellowship as a first generation immigrant

By Lisa Kim I never expected my Knauss Fellowship to land me in South Korea. Yet, there I was, full of anxious excitement on a bumpy car ride in the narrow streets of the country I was born in. I looked in the rear view mirror to make sure my hair was neat and my button down shirt was straight. I got out of the car, and saw an old woman, tears in...
Using Dungeons and Dragons to Navigate the Knauss Fellowship
Using Dungeons and Dragons to Navigate the Knauss Fellowship

Using Dungeons and Dragons to Navigate the Knauss Fellowship

Using Dungeons and Dragons to Navigate the Knauss Fellowship

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Using Dungeons and Dragons to Navigate the Knauss Fellowship

My position as the Knauss Policy Fellow working on the GEO Blue Planet Initiative has required organization, flexibility, creativity, teamwork, and comfort with (lots) of learning on the job. The thing above all that has helped me to navigate these challenges is my role as a Dungeon Master (abbreviated as DM) in Dungeons and Dragons. I thought it...

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Learning to Swim with the Big "Fish" (Marine Mammals)

By Roxanne J Carini

In graduate school, I would quip that I studied everything about the ocean, except what lived there! So, imagine my surprise when I wound up at the Marine Mammal Commission for my year-long Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. 

Falling in love with the world of marine mammals didn’t take long! But, not for the reasons you may think.

 

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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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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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