Sabra Marie TallChief Comet (2015-2016)

Program: Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship (2015), John D. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (2018)

Assignment: As a 2018 Executive Knauss Fellow, Sabra will be working in the NOAA NOS US Integrated Ocean Observing System office.  As a Malouf Scholar, Sabra developed baseline data on the past (ancestral) and present (recent, within the current generation) uses within Oregon’s newly established systems of Marine Protected Areas (MPA). She drew upon her past involvement with the California MPA network and several northern California tribes to capture a rich dataset of tribal input for the MPA process, as well as preserve and allow the future utilization of this information by tribal resource users.

Education: Sabra received her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology, from Southern Oregon University, and completed her Master’s in Environmental Management at Portland State University in 2017.

Professional and Research Interests: Sabra plans to study and develop professional and scientific expertise in marine resource planning and the mechanisms and institutions that guide interactions between tribal and non-tribal resource managers. She hopes to broaden her understanding of how other entities (public, private, federal, local governments) engage in marine issues, and incorporate the tribal perspective into the larger multi-jurisdictional framework of the MPA system.