Programs: John D. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (2016), Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship (2014), Oregon Sea Grant - OSU Marine Resource Management Fellowship (2013)


Laura Ferguson is serving her Knauss Fellowship as an Ecosystem and Sea Turtle Coordinator in the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology. As a 2014 Malouf Scholar, Laura studied the way in which research team members engage with diverse stakeholders to develop a relevant model of water in the Willamette Valley for the next 90 years. She focused on the experiences of the engagement process participants to identify the challenges and successes of the process. In 2013, she was selected to participate in an Oregon Sea Grant-MRM collaboration, working with Sam Chan on a project studying how to involve scientists and policy makers in research on water quality and scarcity issues.


Laura earned a B.S. in marine biology and a B.A. in Spanish from the College of Charleston in 2010. From there she worked in the Peace Corps in Peru as a community-based environmental management volunteer. In 2015, she graduated with an M.S. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University. 

Professional and Research Interests: 

Laura is interested in responsible resource use and conservation, scientific outreach and engagement, and marine and aquatic ecosystem dynamics, including one of their most influential members, humans.