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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.
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,...
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...
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.   
Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes
Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes

Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes

Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes

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Lessons learned: The difference a mentor makes

By: Tiffany Atkinson. I can’t emphasize enough how incredibly valuable it can be when someone takes you under their wing as a mentor. The lessons we learn from these relationships can teach us so much about ourselves and the world.
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...
The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss
The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss

The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss

The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss

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The Lost Geographer: Following the road signs to Knauss

By: Michelle Harris. There’s a common joke that geographers “know where it’s at” - but for this geographer, a sense of direction is not something I’m inherently adept at. No matter how much I plan, there is always an unexpected turn somewhere along the way to be laughed about later. When comparing this to my life...

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Power of Connection: Knauss Fellow and Alumni Engagement During a Pandemic and Beyond

By: Emily Y. Horton. Social connection. It’s part of what makes us human and it’s fundamental to our wellbeing. So how does the 2020 cohort of Knauss Fellows network when required to “physically distance” at home? In this blog post, I share about virtual alumni-engagement initiatives our cohort is leading and discuss how in my fellowship as a Partnership Specialist for Sea Grant, I will help lay the groundwork for a fellows network.

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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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Monday, March 9, 2020

Photo story: 5 lessons learned during my Knauss Fellowship

Over a year ago, I packed my belongings and moved from Long Beach, California, to Washington, D.C. to get firsthand experience working in the federal government as a Sea Grant Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Embarking upon my year, I knew one thing for sure: it was bound to be full of surprises. I’ve learned a number of important lessons this year about NOAA’s role in advancing the human dimensions of coastal, atmospheric, and marine sciences.

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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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