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.

Applications for the 2020-2021 Natural Resource Fellowship are due July 3, 2020 by 5PM (Pacific) via eSeaGrant.

Additional details on the fellowship and how to apply can be found below and linked here.

NEW!! The 2020 Host Descriptions are now available here (Updated 6/19/2020).

View the 2020 OSG Spring/Summer Fellowships informational webinar here and the slides are available here.


The length of assignment is one year and is nonrenewable. The fellowship will pay up to $36,000 for the year, in monthly stipend payments. The stipend will provide you with up to $3,000 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). Additional details linked here.


Oregon Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for fellowship application submissions. To access eSeaGrant, send an email to eseagrant@oregonstate.edu 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.


The next deadline for this fellowship is July 3, 2020.


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.


2018 Natural Resource Policy/Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee Fellow


ASSIGNMENT: As an Oregon Sea Grant 2018-19 Natural Resource Policy fellow, Anne Hayden-Lesmeister is currently working with Oregon Sea Grant to support the legislatively mandated Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) in its work related to the assessment of Oregon’s marine reserves.

EDUCATION: Anne completed her BS in Environmental Geology with a minor in Watershed Sciences from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), her MS in Geology from Utah State University, and her PhD in Environmental Resources & Policy from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in August 2018.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Anne has conducted interdisciplinary and applied research on diverse river systems, ranging from headwater streams in semi-arid settings to large, highly modified rivers that support multiple and sometimes conflicting uses. Her dissertation research focused on using hydraulic modeling and spatial analyses to help stakeholders evaluate whether proposed (but not yet implemented) restoration projects will improve surface-water connectivity in the nation’s largest river swamp, the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana. During her fellowship and beyond, she looks forward to learning from and collaborating with diverse stakeholder groups to inform science-based policies that promote resilience for Oregon’s residents and marine ecosystems.


2018 Oregon Sea Grant Natural Resource Policy Fellow (OASE/DEQ/OSMB)


ASSIGNMENT: Valerie is working with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE) Program, and the Oregon State Marine Board. During her fellowship, Valerie is coordinating the 2019 OASE Program and working on a project with OSMB, conducting research and outreach on copper boat bottom paint usage in Oregon.

EDUCATION: Valerie earned her bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in paralegal studies from Boise State University, her master of science in education with a minor in environmental education from Concordia University, and her master of science in environmental science from the University of Idaho.

PROFESSIONAL & RESEARCH INTERESTS: A native of Idaho, Valerie has been a frequent visitor to the Oregon coast for most of her life. She began her work in environmental education and outreach, working with wildlife as a zookeeper, and spent 10 years as a wildlife rehabilitator, working with bears, cougars, primates, ungulates and small mammals. Focusing on humane and sustainable solutions to environmental issues, she was the program manager for a population control and conflict resolution program for beavers residing in a large urban area, and improved native fish habitat by relocating beaver groups into areas needing restoration. She continues her work as an educator and presenter, and as a facilitator for human-wildlife conflict resolution. She has presented at professional conferences in the United States, Canada and Greece, and is pursuing a doctorate in environmental science, focusing on human-marine mammal conflict resolution and the human dynamics of restoration efforts for sea otters along the Oregon coast.


2018 Natural Resource Policy Fellow


ASSIGNMENT: As an Oregon Sea Grant 2018 Natural Resource Policy Fellow, Bryn is currently working with Governor Kate Brown’s Natural Resource Office. In her role supporting ocean policy, Bryn aids in the implementation and advancement of the Governor's natural resource and environmental agenda, and assists state departments in managing issues and advancing their budget requests and legislative proposals. She provides critical support on a range of coastal issues including coastal water quality, coastal zone management, ocean acidification and hypoxia, sea-level rise, marine renewable energy, planning for rocky shores, invasive species, marine fisheries, research, climate change and more.

EDUCATION: Bryn completed a B.S. in Aquatic Biology and a Minor in Educational Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She recently completed a Professional Master of Science in Environmental Management from Portland State University, where she researched fishing effort shifts and familial succession in Oregon’s nearshore fisheries.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTERESTS: Bryn has many interests surrounding aquatic systems and the socioeconomic relationships that humans have with them. She has primarily focused on various potential economic, behavioral and political impacts of the marine protected area and reserve designation. By creating these cross-disciplinary connections, Bryn’s research has contributed to a greater understanding of the human dimension in Oregon’s ocean conservation policy. She hopes to continue aiding in the development and implementation of equitable natural resource policy.