Learn about Natural Resource Policy at the State Level

This fellowship is intended to give a student first-hand experience in natural resource policy at the state level. In so doing, the student will contribute to policies that will benefit natural resource managers, stakeholders, and user groups. The Natural Resource Policy Fellowship will place graduate student fellows in an Oregon state agency or nonprofit for one year. Starting dates will depend on the needs of the student and host office. The applications deadline for the 2022 Fellowship has been extended to August 8, 2022 (original deadline was August 1, 2022).

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 length of assignment is one year and is nonrenewable. The fellowship will pay up to $42,000 for the year, in monthly stipend payments. The stipend will provide you with up to $3,500 per month to cover expenses during your full-time fellowship, which may include fellowship-related professional development, educational supplies, health insurance, and travel expenses. This fellowship is open to graduate students and those who have recently completed their graduate degree, with interest and experience in coastal policy from any U.S. university or college (preference will be given to eligible applicants from a college or university with a physical campus located in Oregon).

NEW! 2022 Natural Resource Policy Fellowship Host Position Descriptions (PDF)

Additional details about the opportunity can be accessed in the 2022 NRPF Request for Applications (PDF).

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


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Deadline August 1, 2022 EXTENDED to August 8, 2022

2021 Natural Resource Policy Fellows


Assignment: Kyle will be working with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Oregon Coastal Management Program to seek consultation with representatives of Oregon’s nine federally recognized Tribal nations to create procedures and policies to facilitate meaningful and transparent coordination and consultation with Tribal Nations during federal consistency reviews.

Education: Kyle graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from Texas A&M University at College Station and recently earned her M.S. in Conflict and Dispute Resolution from the University of Oregon. Her graduate research focused on the use of collaborative governance processes to manage environmental resource conflicts, with a focus on the marine sector.

Professional and Research Interests: Kyle’s interests in natural resource policy primarily stem from the 13 years she served as a commissioned officer in the NOAA Corps, supporting the collection of scientific and stock assessment data to inform marine resource management. Her graduate studies have shifted her interests into how to best integrate the human dimensions of resource conflict into management strategies through the design of effective collaborative processes and public participation opportunities. Through this fellowship, Kyle looks forward to gaining hands-on experience in policy analysis, policy implementation, and community engagement.



Assignment: Joanna will be working with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to explore the opportunities and obstacles for pursuing blue carbon projects in the Pacific Northwest. Blue carbon utilizes processes within coastal and marine ecosystems to capture carbon from the atmosphere. So far, carbon projects in Oregon have been focused on terrestrial systems, and TNC aims to include blue carbon in regional climate solution policies.

Education: Joanna graduated from University of Oregon with a B.S. in Biology in 2019 and earned a M.S. from the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in 2020. Her graduate work involved oceanographic research cruises, underwater imaging, and environmental sensing to study vertical distributions and migrations of pyrosomes off Oregon and northern California.

Professional and Research Interests: Joanna is interested in the complex interactions between marine life and their environment. She has particular interest in the pelagic ecosystems and understanding shifts in community structure and distributions due to climate change. Joanna is excited to leverage her experience in research to contribute to the development of climate solutions.



Assignment: Kendall will be working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for her assignment as a 2021-2022 Natural Resource Policy Fellow. The primary objective of this position will be to work with members of the Marine Resource Program within ODFW to develop and write a Conservation and Fishery Management Plan for red abalone in Oregon. As changes in the marine environment continue to be difficult to predict, the importance of having a plan in place to protect, manage and conserve this imperiled species is high.  

Education: Kendall graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Oregon and is currently in her second year of her M.S. in Marine Biology at the University of Oregon. Her master’s research project is a collaboration between ODFW and the UO to determine biological background information of red abalone populations in Oregon to inform management decisions.  

Professional and Research Interests: Kendall has a particular passion for utilizing biological and ecological population level information for application in industry and management. She believes that effective and sustainable management includes community involvement and dynamic solutions. Kendall is passionate about invertebrates and has focused on the ecological and biological issues facing the subtidal environment in Oregon for her master’s project. She hopes to continue to find unique and effective ways to study and manage Oregon’s marine resources in her future career. 


2020 Natural Resource Policy Fellow


ASSIGNMENT: In her time as a 2020-2021 Natural Resource Policy Fellow, Hailey will be working with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Oregon Coastal Management Program to create an erosion control guidebook for the Oregon coast. The guidebook will provide stakeholders with an organized resource on typical erosion control treatments for the Oregon coast and will cover the treatments’ permitting and regulation, the best available science on their performance and impacts, and their resilience to sea level rise impacts, along with other topics as needed.

EDUCATION: Hailey graduated with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a M.S. in Coastal Engineering from Oregon State University. Her graduate research focused on the physics of scarp formation in beach dunes and involved a large-scale dune experiment in the OH Hinsdale Wave Research Lab.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Although her degrees are in engineering, Hailey believes that using engineering solutions alone to respond sea level rise, erosion, and natural coastal change will not solve long-term coastal challenges. Her professional interest is in using a combination of engineering, research, and policy to address coastal issues in a more sustainable manner. Through this fellowship, she hopes to learn more about the field of coastal policy while contributing a technical perspective to the conversation around erosion control treatments on the Oregon coast.


2019 Natural Resource Policy Fellow


ASSIGNMENT: Nick will be working with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s Ocean and Coastal Mapping Division by assisting in the development of a Geographic Location Description (GLD). Upon completion, the GLD will assist regulators in both state and federal positions to make informed decisions pertaining to activities that may adversely affect the Oregon coast.

EDUCATION: Nick graduated from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a B.S. in Marine Biology, where he assisted with microbiological research and coastal rehabilitation work. Recently, he earned his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental Law, where he compared multiple Coastal Zone Management Plans of U.S. States.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Nick has a wide range of interests related to natural resource conservation and marine policy. Beginning his work in environmental education and animal husbandry, Nick has always been extremely interested in the intersection of law and natural resource protection. Through this fellowship, he looks forward to gaining experience and knowledge in adequately protecting Oregon’s natural resources by compiling groundbreaking scientific research with current environmental policy. Moving forward, Nick hopes to focus his experience in marine policy to better bridge the divide between science professionals and lawmakers regarding the protection of Oregon’s coastal resources.


2019 Natural Resource Policy Fellow


ASSIGNMENT: As an Oregon Sea Grant 2019-2020 Natural Resource Policy Fellow, Haley is currently working on the Human Dimensions Project with the Marine Reserves Program within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The primary objective of this project is to assess the socioeconomic impact of marine reserve implementation on coastal communities and ocean users. 

EDUCATION: Haley completed a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Bioresource Research with an option in Sustainable Ecosystems from Oregon State University. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the riparian microhabitat use of the juvenile Pacific treefrog. She recently completed a M.S. in Interdisciplinary Ecology with a concentration in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Her graduate research focused on how shifting savanna vegetation impacts animal behavior and diversity.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Haley has a wide range of research interests and has previous experience studying amphibians, birds, bats, small mammals, large herbivores and people. Her primary objective is to approach research projects with an interdisciplinary approach that couples the human and natural dimensions for informing management decisions.


2019 Natural Resource Policy Fellow


ASSIGNMENT: Astrea is a 2019-2020 Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resource Policy Fellow, working at the Portland Nature Conservancy office. In her role as a climate and fisheries fellow, Astrea assists with the creation of climate change scenario plans for both state (Dungeness crab) and federal fisheries as well as climate change-related buffering opportunities in commercial fisheries.  

EDUCATION: Astrea holds a B.A. from Prescott College in Marine Studies with a minor in Geography. in 2019 she completed an M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University, with a minor in Risk and Uncertainty Quantification in Marine Sciences. Astrea's graduate thesis work examined aging trends in state and federal fishery participation off the coast of Oregon. While at OSU, Astrea also held a social science role on a transdisciplinary fellowship team, which examined climate change impacts on the West Coast Dungeness crab fishery.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Astrea’s professional interests focus on the interface between human and environmental needs in marine systems, primarily related to the commercial fishing industry. She believes that a holistic approach is necessary when addressing complicated issues within coupled human natural systems. She values the integration of political, biological and stakeholder insights within natural resource decision making processes.


Oregon Sea Grant West Coast Ocean Fellow


ASSIGNMENT: Marisa will support both the West Coast Ocean Alliance (WCOA) and the West Coast Ocean Data Portal (WCODP) in ocean management, planning and data coordination between tribal, state and federal government partners on the U.S. West Coast.

BIO: Marisa recently moved to Corvallis, prior to which she was a Washington Sea Grant Fellow at the Washington State Department of Health, focusing on issues related to shellfish and environmental health. She has a B.S. in Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island and is finishing her Masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington.


2018 Oregon Sea Grant Dungeness Crab Fisheries Management Fellow


ASSIGNMENT: Brittany is currently working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to develop a Dungeness Crab Marine Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) for the state of Oregon. This plan will provide a resource analysis and document existing state fisheries management policies and tools as they pertain to the Dungeness crab resource.

EDUCATION: Brittany completed a B.S. in Environmental Science specializing in Marine Ecology at Western Washington University. She recently earned an M.S. in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University, where she researched climate change impacts to the growth, condition, and survival of larval fish in the Alaskan Arctic.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Brittany has a wide range of interests related to the marine ecosystem and fisheries management. Broadly, she has experience with fisheries-related climate change laboratory research, habitat restoration, and community engagement. Through this fellowship, she looks forward to gaining experience with the practical applications of fisheries management and policy. Moving forward, Brittany hopes to focus on the use of collaboration and communication to help bridge the gap between fisheries science and policy to make it more accessible to resource managers and users alike.