Learn and Network While Working in D.C.

The Knauss Fellowship Program provides a unique educational experience to students enrolled in graduate programs in fields related to marine or Great Lakes studies. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with hosts in the legislative branch, the executive branch, or appropriate associations and institutions located in the Washington, D.C. area. Recipients spend one year working on substantive national policy issues related to marine issues.

The National Sea Grant Office hosted a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program 101 Webinar on Tuesday November 10th for an overview of the program, career spotlights, and a Q&A session with Knauss alumni. The webinar recording is available.

ELIGIBILITY

Any student, regardless of citizenship, is eligible to submit to this opportunity if:

  1. The student is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program at any point between the onset of the 2020 Fall Term (quarter, trimester, semester, etc.) and February 19, 2021;
  2. The graduate degree will be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories, and;
  3. The student has an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

Details and application requirements from grants.gov are available under opportunity number NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2006631 and you can find additional details about becoming a Knauss Fellow. Interested and eligible applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Stephanie Ichien or Sarah Kolesar at least one month before the application deadline. 

HOW TO APPLY

Oregon Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for fellowship application submissions. To access eSeaGrant, send an email to [email protected] declaring your interest in applying. Please include the name of the fellowship you wish to apply for in the subject line. An eSeaGrant account will then be created for you. All components of your application, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted through eSeaGrant. Stating your interest does not obligate you to apply. We are here to provide assistance as needed; however, please do not wait until the last minute to apply. Here is a link to the 2019-2020 PowerPoint (PDF) for the winter fellows and a link to a recording of the 2018 winter fellows webinar.

NEXT DEADLINE

The next deadline for this fellowship February 19, 2021.

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellows

Lu Wang (2021)

Assignment: Lu is a 2021 Knauss Executive Fellow with NOAA OAR's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

Education: Lu completed her B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2014, and her PhD in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 2020.

Professional and Research Interests: Lu is a microbial ecologist interested in how research findings are used to inform policy, and how policy decisions influence which research projects and areas are prioritized. She is also interested in expanding research opportunities and mentorship for students of color. Her dissertation focused on how environmental perturbations such as nutrient pollution, transplantation, and ocean acidification influence seagrass microbiomes. This body of work contributes to our basic understanding of the relationship between seagrasses and their microbial communities, and highlights how the seagrass microbiome can potentially exacerbate the effects of environmental stressors and alter biogeochemical cycling within coastal sediments. More broadly, she is interested in research related to global change on both macro and micro levels in order to enhance our overall understanding and create proactive solutions towards mitigation and conservation.

Recent publications:
Recovery and Community Succession of the Zostera marina Rhizobiome after Transplantation 
Nutrient enrichment increases size of Zostera marina shoots and enriches for sulfur and nitrogen cycling bacteria in root-associated microbiomes 

Theresa Keith (2021)

Assignment: Theresa Keith is a 2021 Executive Fellow with NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research in the role of UN Decade-Domestic Engagement Policy Advisor and Secretariat.

Education: Theresa received a B.S. in Biology and Spanish Language with a minor in Latin American Studies from the University of San Francisco in 2018. She participated in the Joint-Degree Water Cooperation and Diplomacy program, receiving an M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management awarded by Oregon State University and IHE-Delft Institute for Water Education (Netherlands) and an M.A. in Water Cooperation and Diplomacy awarded by the University for Peace (Costa Rica) in 2020.

Professional and Research Interests: Theresa is an interdisciplinary scientist passionate about the science, policy, and human dimensions of a changing climate. She is enthusiastic about international collaboration and has an appreciation for the diverse ways in which communities and environments are intertwined around the world. Her graduate research explored women’s roles in climate change adaptation around the world and examined the differences between academic and practitioner perspectives. Most of her research has centered around water, both marine and fresh, and she is looking forward to working on the UN Decade for Ocean Science during her fellowship year.

In addition to her graduate work, Theresa is excited to be a part of several efforts to communicate science and engage different communities, particularly young people. She is an active member of the North American Youth Parliament for Water and serves as the Editor and Program Manager for their Drops of Change blog, in which young professionals share their views on climate, adaptation, and water topics. Theresa will also serve this year as an All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador representing the United States at the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance where she will work with her counterparts from other countries to develop communication and engagement strategies to promote conservation of the Atlantic Ocean.

Connect with Theresa on Twitter @waterworldtrvlr.

Willem Klajbor (2021)

Assignment: Willem Klajbor is a 2021 Knuass Executive Fellow working jointly between the Offices of National Marine Sanctuaries and Fisheries and the National Center for Environmental Information.

Education: Will received a BS in Environmental Science and Policy and a BA in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018 and a MS in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University in 2020.

Professional and Research Interests: Will is a transdisciplinary scientist who works at the nexus of social, economic, and environmental systems. His graduate work explored the application of dynamic seascape classification methods to fisheries management objectives in the California Current and socioeconomic risk in the Gulf of Alaska. As an undergraduate and a graduate student, Will has pursued opportunities that allowed him to connect new and exciting science to tangible policy and regulatory solutions for complex environmental issues. In his spare time, you can find will out on a trail or reading in his hammock.

 Connect with Willem on LinkedIn and Twitter @willklajbor.

Katherine Dziedzic (2020)

Assignment: Katherine is a 2020 Knauss Executive Fellow with NOAA Headquarters as a Congressional Fellow in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Education: Katherine completed her B.S. in Marine Science and Biology at University of Miami, FL in 2013 and her Ph.D. in Zoology from Oregon State University in 2019. Following her Ph.D., she was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Oregon State University in the Department of Integrative Biology.

Professional and Research Interests: Katherine is a coral reef biologist passionate about finding ways science can be effectively communicated and applied to management and policy. Her graduate research explored how corals can adapt to changing ocean temperatures using genomic techniques. She conducted experiments across multiple coral species from Panama and the Indo-Pacific to determine differences in the capacity for adaptation and survival – information that can help pinpoint more at-risk coral species for priority in conservation and management efforts.

In addition to her graduate work, Katherine is very passionate about communicating science to a variety of audiences such as the general public, scientific audiences, and policy-makers and managers. She is constantly thinking about different ways to effectively communicate science and educate her audiences about what is happening to coral reef ecosystems around the world. She has taken part in many science communication courses and workshops at OSU, has been a guest on a local radio show to talk about the current and future state of coral reefs and her research, and was an Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Science Communication Fellow.

Feel free to check out her website at katherinedziedzic.com or follow her on Twitter @_K_Dziedzic.

Leah Mupas Segui (2020)

Assignment: Leah Mupas Segui is the 2020 Knauss Executive Fellow in the NOAA Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division as part of the GEO Blue Planet team.

Education: Leah completed her B.S. in Biology with an emphasis in Marine Biology and a minor in Geography with an emphasis in Natural Resources and the Environment from San Diego State University in 2010 and her Ph.D. in Zoology from Oregon State University in 2019.

Professional and Research Interests: Leah's dissertation explored the role of stage structure in species interactions and its consequences across levels of biological organization. Specifically, her work on crayfish contributes to our understanding of how life history traits affect feeding rates, nutrient cycling, gut microbial communities, and the impact of introduced species on the recipient ecological community. She is passionate about community building and social justice and has led efforts to support diverse and inclusive communities in STEM.

Checkout Leah's website https://leahsegui.weebly.com/, not to be confused with https://crayoftheday.weebly.com/ or follow her on Twitter @LMSegui.

Katie Morrice (2020)

Assignment: Katie Morrice is serving her Knauss fellowship as an executive fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy at the Water Power Technologies Office.

Education: Katie completed her B.A. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Marine Sciences at Smith College and her M.S. in Marine Science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. She is currently a PhD candidate at Oregon Health & Science University working on a degree in Environmental Science and Engineering, with a concentration in Estuaries and Ocean Systems.

Professional and Research Interests: Katie is interested in oceanography, fluid dynamics, and fisheries and how modeling can be used to improve our understanding of physical processes and their influence on estuary and coastal systems. Her PhD dissertation focuses on the Columbia River estuary and how it supports juvenile Chinook salmon, with a particular emphasis on how river dynamics and spatio-temporal variability influence migration patterns. She is particularly interested in marine spatial planning and how modeling can be used as a tool to address management questions and to inform decision-makers on how to sustainably manage marine resources. Previously, she worked as a fisheries observer in the Bering Sea and as a California Sea Grant State Fellow at the Delta Science Program, an agency tasked with providing the best available science to inform water and environmental decision-making in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Papers: Environmental and behavioral controls on juvenile Chinook salmon migration pathways in the Columbia River estuary

An Individual-based Model to Evaluate Juvenile Chinook Salmon Migration in the Columbia River Estuary

Vanessa Constant (2020)

Assignment: Vanessa Constant is a 2020 Knuass Legislative Fellow with Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Education: Vanessa received her BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University in 2014 and her PhD in Integrative Biology from Oregon State University in 2019.

Professional and Research Interests: Vanessa is a coastal ecologist passionate about finding ways to couple science with policy for the development of practical solutions to complex environmental problems. Her dissertation research explored the role of marine subsidies in invasive beachgrass growth and the significance of this relationship for coastal protection along the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast. Throughout her graduate program, Vanessa also pursued opportunities in science communication and interdisciplinary collaboration, delving deeply into the role of science in policy, management, and public understanding. Vanessa is particularly interested in using scientifically-grounded and stakeholder-informed strategies to build coastal adaptive capacity.

Katie Darr (2020)

Assignment: Katie Darr is a 2020 Knauss Executive Fellow with the Marine Protected Areas Center in NOAA's Office of Marine Sanctuaries. 

Education: Katie received her B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University in 2017 and completed her M.S. in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University in 2019. 

Professional and Research Interests: Katie is interested in communicating the connections between people's lives and the ocean with the goal of promoting ecologically and economically sustainable resource use. While Katie's thesis research focused on illuminating these connections between Oregonians and their deep sea, she is looking forward to highlighting these social-ecological connections in the context of recreation and tourism in Marine Protected Areas during her fellowship year. Ultimately, Katie is invested in developing coastal management strategies that support a healthy environment, economy, and community.