Fellowship for doctoral students in marine resource economics

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:

  • Encourage students to pursue careers in marine resource economics
  • Increase available expertise related to the economic analysis of living marine resource conservation and management decisions
  • Foster closer relationships between academic scientists and NMFS
  • Provide real-world experience to graduate students and accelerate their career development.


This fellowship can provide support for up to two years for highly qualified graduate students working toward a PhD in a related field of study. Each fellow is 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 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.

For additional details, go to the Grants.gov website under Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006261


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 is expected to be in January 2021. Oregon applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application package with Sarah Kolesar prior to submitting their applications.

Marine Resource Economics Fellow 2016-18

Cassie Finer

ASSIGNMENT: Cassie Finer is a National Marine Fisheries Service - SeaGrant Marine Resource Economics Fellow in Oregon State University’s Applied Economics Department. 

EDUCATION: Cassie completed her B.A.'s in Economics and Human Geography from the University of Colorado Boulder. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Applied Economics at Oregon State University.

PROFESSIONAL AND RESEARCH INTEREST: Cassie's dissertation explores the effects of external impacts, such as climate change and habitat restoration, on natural resource land markets. She develops this analysis through three separate essays: the first essay extends the Ricardian Method, traditionally applied to agriculture land markets, to explore climate change’s impact on forest land markets in Oregon; the second paper uses hedonic modeling to determine how salmon habitat restoration decisions, such as dike removal, affect Oregon’s coastal land markets; the third paper estimates the welfare effects of current dike removal plans by comparing with a simulated removal plan that optimizes across both ecological and economic outcomes.