The National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) support this PhD graduate fellowship program in marine resource economics. Fellowships are awarded to students interested in the economics of the conservation and the management of living marine resources. The overall goals of the program are:
AWARD & ELIGIBITY
This fellowship can provide support for up to three years for highly qualified graduate students working toward a PhD in a related field of study. Each fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentor) from NMFS who may provide data for the fellow's thesis, serve on the fellow's committee, and/or host an annual summer internship at the participating NMFS facility. Mentors will be from participating NMFS Science Centers or offices.
Prospective fellows must be U.S. citizens and admitted to a PhD degree program at the time of application in resource economics, environmental economics, or a related field at an institution of higher education in the U.S. or its territories, or submit a signed letter from the institution indicating provisional acceptance to a PhD degree program conditional on obtaining financial support such as this fellowship.
The NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics expects to award at least one new Ph.D. Fellowship in 2021 to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources.
For additional details, please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Number NOAA-OAR-SG-2022-2007042 (pdf)
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.
January 2023- Oregon applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application package with Sarah Kolesar prior to submitting their applications.
Russel Dame (2020-2023)
ASSIGNMENT: Rusty Dame is the 2020 National Marine Fisheries Service - SeaGrant Marine Resource Economics Fellow. Rusty is a PhD student in Oregon State University’s Applied Economics Department, and his research focuses on preferences of recreational charter anglers, targeting Alaskan Pacific Halibut.
EDUCATION: Rusty completed a BS and MS in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, where his research focused on financial risk of off-bottom oyster aquaculture along the west coast of Florida.
PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTEREST: Rusty is interested in estimating the welfare effects from changes to harvest rates on recreational anglers and the impacts on wild stocks from changes to recreational demand. He does this by estimating random utility maximization models from revealed and stated preference data and calculating welfare effects for changes in site-wise and regional harvest rates. Using the estimated demand model, Rusty will estimate a bioeconomic model that simulates hypothetical policy changes that allow for varying harvest rates of commonly harvested recreational species at different sites. The bioeconomic model will calculate how policy changes may affect the wild stock while recreational angler activity adjusts to policy and stock changes.