Fellowship for doctoral students in marine ecosystem and population dynamics

The National Sea Grant Office and the National Marine Fisheries Service support a PhD graduate fellowship program in population and ecosystem dynamics. The intent of the program is to award fellowships to students interested in careers related to population and ecosystem dynamics with applications to living marine resources. Candidate projects will focus on at least one of the following:

  • Population dynamics of living marine resources
  • Stock assessment methodologies
  • Marine ecosystem modeling
  • Integrated ecosystem assessments
  • Ecosystem-based management of marine ecosystems.


The fellowship can provide support for up to three years to 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 be admitted to a PhD degree program in population dynamics, ecosystem dynamics, or a related field at an institution of higher education in the U.S. or its territories at the time of application, 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.

Additional details can be found on the Grants.gov website under Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2020-2006263


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


NMFS Population Dynamics Fellows

Claire Rosemond (2019-2022)

Assignment: Claire Rosemond is a National Marine Fisheries Service - Sea Grant Population Dynamics Fellow in Oregon State University’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. 

Education: Claire completed her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently working on her PhD with Dr. Scott Heppell.

Professional and Research Interests: Claire is interested in how climate change impacts long-term variability in the reproductive biology of commercially and recreationally important marine fish species. Her current research focuses on the influence of oceanographic conditions on Black Rockfish (Sebastes melanops) reproductive capacity in the northeast Pacific. Her research will pair biological data and environmental data to understand population-level response to environmental change and will incorporate that relationship in stock assessment models used to inform fisheries management. Claire is also working on a project in the Caribbean to estimate spatial movement and population vital rates of Red Hind (Epinephelus guttatus). Before joining the Heppell Lab, Claire worked as a fisheries biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina, and she studied offshore fish communities on artificial reefs as a technician at University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences.