Graduate scholarship supports marine-science studies

The Malouf Scholarship is awarded to support graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement. There are no restrictions on the discipline, which may include, but is not limited to: biological, geological, physical and chemical sciences; marine resource management and policy; legal studies; marine resource economics; social sciences; engineering; geology; education or public health. Oregon Sea Grant awards two Malouf Scholarships annually to one master’s or professional student and to one PhD student.

Applications for the 2022 Malouf Scholarship are due August 15, 2022 by 5:00PM (Pacific).

A recording of the 2022 OSG Summer Fellowship Informational Webinar (July 15, 2022) offers information about the opportunities available in the summer of 2022A PDF of the 2022 fellowship webinar slides is also available. (If you have trouble viewing these materials please contact us.)


The award amount is not to exceed $11,100, and is disbursed in 12 monthly payments of $925. The scholarship is for one year and is not renewable. The scholarship may be used for tuition, supplies, research, travel for field work, attendance at professional and academic meetings, or general living expenses. How funds are used is at the discretion of the recipient.

The Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship is for graduate students enrolled in a master's/professional or PhD program in any discipline at any college or university physically located in Oregon. Master's/professional degree students must be in the first year, or just beginning the second year, of their degree program at the time of award. PhD students can be in the first, second, or just beginning the third year of their degree program at the time of award.

Additional information about this opportunity can be found in the 2022 Malouf Scholarship Request for Applications (PDF).

The 2022 Malouf Application Review Criteria Matrix provides detail on how your application will be reviewed.


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August 15, 2022

Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholars 

Laura Baker (2021)

Assignment: The goal of Laura's master assignment is to perform the first analysis of the impacts of razor clams on Oregon coastal communities. The project will look at the Pacific razor clams' ecological, economic, and socio-cultural impacts for coastal communities, focusing on the northern Oregon coast. From these results, she will create outreach materials that will be the most beneficial for the communities that rely on this natural resource. This project will be conducted in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. 

Education: Laura received her B.S. in Earth System Science with a concentration in Ocean Science from Oregon State University in 2019. During her undergraduate, she worked in a benthic marine ecology lab that led her to be interested in how the ecology of a place can impact the people that use that area. She is currently in her second year in the Marine Resource Management program. 

Professional and Research Interests: Laura's research interests lie in adding human dimensions to marine fisheries. She also hopes to address conflict areas between harvesters, managers, and the communities to manage marine resources effectively and engage the communities. Laura also is interested in using Geographic Information Science to help communities set up aquaculture projects and conserve natural resource areas.

View Laura's website.


Jess Schulte (2021)

Assignment: Jess’s research aims to comprehensively understand fisheries as part of a larger, cultural picture in the Pacific Northwest and contribute to critical outreach and engagement with the broader public. Combined with a variety of anthropogenic stressors, fisheries in this region have experienced significant drops in stock, followed by ecosystem effects and repercussions on local economies. Despite their often significant roles in local ecosystems though, large sharks have been conspicuously absent from modeling and management efforts in the region. Jess’s research will provide the first insights into the trophic ecology of an abundant apex predator in these marine ecosystems, the Broadnose Sevengill Shark (Notorynchus cepedianus). Her project will determine how this predator maintains Oregon’s productive marine ecosystems from a quantitative and cultural lens and inform our management of critical fisheries through top-down interactions.

Education: Jess graduated with honors from the University of Florida in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Science, focusing on climate change and other broad-spanning global anthropogenic impacts. She interned with the Florida Museum of Natural History’s shark research lab as well as the US Geological Survey’s Benthic Ecology Lab.  This work led to full-time opportunities in USGS’s Invasive Fish lab and, eventually, the Peace Corps. She worked on coastal resource management in the Philippines, and the State Department, working from Washington DC on international climate change programs and diplomacy. She is a first-year PhD student in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University in Dr. Taylor Chapple’s Big Fish Lab.

Professional and Research Interests: Jess is interested in the intersection of economically and culturally important fisheries, anthropogenic impacts, and adaptive management. Combining her experience in research, conservation, and policy, she hopes to use quantitative methods to study feeding ecology, movement, and population dynamics to bridge the gap between research, policymakers, and diverse stakeholders for effective ecosystem management.

View Jess's LinkedIn, the Big Fish Lab website, and Big Fish Instagram site.


Rebecca Smoak (2021)

Assignment: Rebecca Smoak’s research project focuses on understanding how the ocean's changing physical factors reverberates through lower trophic levels and affects the energy available to commercially and ecologically important fisheries in the Northwest. Rebecca is also co-collaborating on an upcoming CEOAS Summer Camp for 2022. This camp will promote coastal and marine science and conservation to low-income- first-generation, and underserved students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to have access to a University STEM-oriented camp.

Education: Rebecca completed her B.S in Earth and Environmental Sciences, focusing on Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and minors in Forestry and Biology at Washington State University. During her time as an undergrad, she participated in four NOAA research cruises that led to her current research at OSU. Rebecca was awarded the CIMRS First-year Marine Studies Graduate Fellowship in 2020-21. She is a second-year Master’s student in the Marine Resource Management program at Oregon State University.

Professional and Research Interests: Rebecca’s long-term goal is to bridge the gap between marine research and outreach. Hoping to work in research upon completion of her degree, she is also looking to use her voice and love of people to connect with members of small coastal communities in the Northwest and develop relationships with those members. In addition to her research, Rebecca is working as a STEM Ambassador to create opportunities for scientists, fishermen, and members of coastal communities to interact and build relationships with one another.


Mee-ya Monnin (2020)

Assignment: The goal of Mee-ya’s master’s project is to perform a feasibility analysis for an alternative form of electronic monitoring in Oregon’s recreational charter fleet. Mee-ya’s research will utilize stereo-video photogrammetry (calculating measurements and/or the creation of models of objects using photos or videos) to identify, quantify, and measure recreational catch in Oregon’s nearshore bottomfish fishery and compare it to sampling data collected by state port samplers via standard sampling techniques. If stereo-video provides an enhanced method for data collection and fishery monitoring, recommendations will be made for adoption of the new technology. Mee-ya plans to collaborate with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and local fishers to conduct her work.

Education: Mee-ya completed her Honors BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Science at Oregon State University in 2014. During her undergraduate degree, Mee-ya spent two seasons at McMurdo Station, Antarctica studying the thermoregulation of Weddell seals (Leptonychotes wedddellii) using photogrammetry to calculate surface area and volume measurements of the seals. Mee-ya is currently a second year MS student in Fisheries Science at Oregon State University.

Professional and Research Interests: Mee-ya’s research interests include evaluating the effects of human activities (fishing, gear use, pollution, etc.) on fish populations and marine ecosystems. Mee-ya is interested in a career that places human dimensions issues at the forefront of research. Mee-ya seeks to assist in bridging communities and various professional disciplines together to approach marine issues in a more holistic and effective manner.


Janet (Shu Min) Tsai (2020)

AssignmentJanet's doctoral research project is exploring the relationship between environmental identity (i.e., how people see their relationship with the natural environment based on their personal experience, culture and history) and environmental-crisis learning, especially issues related to abstract concepts – ocean acidification – in free-choice learning settings (i.e., museums and aquariums). Janet's research project will focus on people who visit museums and aquariums, including Western people (in the U.S.), indigenous peoples (in the U.S.), and both Brazilian and Taiwanese people to see how cultural-historical contexts influence individuals’ environmental identity that somehow might affect their learning experiences in free-choice learning settings.

Education:  Janet completed a B.S. in Life Sciences and M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from National Taiwan University. During her undergraduate studies, Janet worked on several climate warming and conservation projects. Janet then completed her M.A. in Bioethics and Science Policy from Duke University; she is currently a PhD student in Environmental Sciences at Oregon State University.

Professional and Research Interests: Janet was trained as an ecologist and environmental ethicist. Her current research is in Dr. Shawn Rowe’s Free-Choice Learning Lab and she is working toward a career as a research curator, focused on science education at a major science museum. Janet's research interests include environmental crisis, environmental ethics, environmental psychology, environmental identity, museum study, and environmental education in free-choice learning settings. She is also particularly interested in exploring how the general public learns science in museums or aquariums and to what extent this kind of public science education does or does not affect public’s awareness on critical science issues.
View Janet's website .


Keiko Nomura (2019)

Assignment: Keiko studies the resilience of fisheries to environmental changes. Communities of marine organisms available for fishermen to catch may change as ocean conditions fluctuate and geographic distributions of fisheries species shift in response. Her research examines the abilities of fisheries to cope with environmental shifts in areas along the California Current including Baja California and Oregon.

Education: Keiko completed her B.S. in Environmental Sciences from San Diego State University. During her undergraduate, she worked on several marine ecology and spatial planning projects that led to her current interests in marine resource use. She is currently in the Marine Resource Management program at Oregon State University, where she researches fisheries resilience.

Professional and Research Interests: In her career, Keiko would like to work at the intersection of science and policy to advance the sustainability of the U.S. West Coast’s marine resources and the communities that rely on them. She is especially interested in fisheries viability and seafood security in light of changing ocean conditions. Ultimately, she hopes to advance marine research and management practices by engaging with scientists and coastal communities.


Brittany King (2019)

Assignment: Brittany King’s dissertation research aims to examine the factors that help determine whether individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups pursue and persist in careers in marine and fisheries science professions and explore the value of diverse perspectives in coastal marine resource management. Brittany will also be interning with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, in the spring, working on a project focused on stakeholder engagement and outreach in the Pacific Northwest, including Oregon, as it relates to protected marine resources. 

Education: Brittany completed her BS in Marine and Environmental Science at Hampton University and her MESM in Environmental Science and Management at the Bren school at UC Santa Barbara. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara, Brittany spent a year working in NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as a 2013 National Sea Grant College Program Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, before returning to California and working as a community organizer. Brittany is a third year PhD student in the department of fisheries and wildlife at Oregon State University.

Professional and Research Interests: Brittany’s primary research interests lie in diversity, equity and inclusion in marine and fisheries science professions. Britany is interested in pursuing a career that allows her to continue researching, and potentially influencing management decisions related to underrepresentation in marine and fisheries related science professions. Brittany also plans to spend time, whether in a professional or service capacity, working with underrepresented youth in programs that focus on marine and fisheries related science education.


Megan Wilson (2019)

Assignment: Megan Wilson’s research seeks to align environmental, ecological, and social systems to examine sources of variability that drive fluctuation in marine fish populations. Specifically, the goals of her research are 1) to better understand the linkages between the environment, anthropogenic disturbance, and population replenishment through the study of the early life history stages of marine fishes, and 2) to characterize the social-ecological system surrounding Oregon’s nearshore fisheries using qualitative network analysis (QNA). Megan is committed to using her research as an avenue to broaden participation in STEM for folks at all stages of their scientific education. 

Education: Megan first became interested in societally-relevant research when she was an undergraduate at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo on the central Coast of California. There, she monitored harmful algal blooms and reported her findings to a coastwide network of institutions (SCCOOS) and to the California Department of Public Health. Megan witnessed the Pseudo-nitzschia bloom of 2015, which lead to elevated levels of domoic acid and the closure of the Dungeness crab fishery. Megan was also a member of the California Collaborative Fisheries Research Program, a group of scientists and members of the recreational fishing industry who worked together to monitor fish ecology in relation to the California Marine Protected Area Network. Megan is currently a PhD student in the Integrative Biology department at OSU. To support her commitment to societally-relevant research and the incorporation of multiple perspectives in the production of scientific knowledge, she completed a year-long, NSF-funded fellowship for transdisciplinary graduate education. With her team, she developed an approach to assess change over time in the Oregon Marine Reserves social ecological system.  

Professional and Research Interests: Megan’s ultimate career goal is to become a researcher and educator who promotes sustainable, equitable, and effective management of marine resources by A) advancing our understanding of the dynamics and predictability marine fish populations, B) more effectively disseminating scientific information for education and to stakeholder groups, C) collaborating with stakeholder groups to increase types of knowledge used in the scientific process, and D) equipping and empowering the next generation of marine scientists to achieve and advance these goals.

See a list of past Maulof Scholars