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Sea Grant Scholar: Geoff Ostrove
Program:Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resource Policy Fellowship
Geoff is working with the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) on their Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP). The goal of this program is to provide schools and local first responder buildings across Oregon with funding to retrofit important buildings that need improvements in case of a natural disaster. Geoff will also work with the Governor’s Tsunami Marine Debris Task Force and the Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris (JTMD) Coordination Group to coordiante a mitigation plan that addresses recent and impending marine debris issues.
Geoff is currently attending the University of Oregon where he is pursuing a Master's of Community & Regional Planning, as well as a PhD in Media Studies. His terminal project for the Community & Regional Planning program will focus on the need to acknowledge the polyrational nature of our communities in order to implement effective public engagement campaigns. Geoff already holds an M.S. in Communication & Society from the University of Oregon, as well as a B.A. in Communication from Humboldt State University. While working on his undergraduate degree, Geoff was named Humboldt State University's 2010 "Emerging Scholar" in the field of Communication.
Professional and Research Interests:
Geoff has a wide range of research interests, including intercultural communication, religious studies, and urban planning to name a few. He primarily focuses on integrating communication theory into the world of community planning, and analyzing the role that the political economy of space plays in influencing our perception of land use and development.