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Meet the Scholars

Oregon Sea Grant/West Coast Governors’ Association Fellow

Kelsey Adkisson  is working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and the office of Governor Kitzhaber of Oregon on the application and analysis of the National Ocean Policy Implementation Plan, which provides a coordinated, nationwide framework for coastal and ocean stewardship.

John D. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow 2014

Zachary Penney  is serving his Knauss fellowship with Representative Jared Huffman (CA-2) and his staff.  Zach completed his Ph.D. in Natural Resources in 2013 with an emphasis in fisheries at the University of Idaho

Sarah Close is working as a Climate Adaptation Analyst for the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program at NOAA’s Climate Program Office.  Sarah completed her PhD in marine ecology, working with Dr. Bruce Menge, at Oregon State University in 2014.

Sea Grant Legislative Fellow 2013

Laura Hagen was our 2013 Legislative Fellow, and is spending the session in Salem working with members of the Oregon Coastal Caucus.  The next Legislative Fellow will be selected in 2014 for the 2015 legislative session.

Sea Grant Natural Resources Policy Fellow 2014

Rose Rimler is assigned to the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership in Garibaldi, OR., helping update the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan; convene a “State of the Bay” meeting and write a watershed health report card. She holds a M.S. from the University of Oregon’s Oregon Institute of Marine Biology and a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and is a former recipient of the Neil Richmond Scholarship, jointly awarded by OSG and the OIMB.

Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholar 2014

Michelle Fournet is pursuing her PhD at OSU.  She is interested in the interface between marine mammal’s and human behavior, including species resilience and public engagement.  She hopes her research will help positively inform human ocean users and engage Oregon residents with their local marine mammal populations.

Kaity Goldsmith studies coastal ecosystem services knowledge gaps in the policy and management community in Oregon. Her research will form a framework for connecting data needs of coastal policy makers and managers with scientific research with matching interests in the near future and long-term. She hopes this will provide a methodology for effectively connecting the scientific community with policy makers and managers in other coastal.  She is now a second year Masters of Environmental Management candidate under Dr. Elise Granek in the School of the Environment at Portland State University.

Annika O’Dea is using the wave model SWAN to model changes in the wave field at the shoreline due to the presence of offshore arrays of Wave Energy Converter (WEC) devices.  She is currently focusing on two permitted wave energy tests sites off the coast of Newport, Oregon.  She is currently a second-year Master of Science student in Coastal and Ocean Engineering at OSU.

NOAA Coastal Managment Fellowship 2012-2014

Kelsey Gianou, MS, Marine Resource Management, OSU (2012).  Kelsey is working with the Washington State Department of Ecology Shorelands and Environmental Assistance in putting together guidance for landowners around the Puget Sound who are looking to replace their bulkheads and riprap with soft engineering, and green, living shorelines.

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) – Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics

Fellows work with NMFS personnel on their dissertation projects and meet annually as a group to present research results.

Starting in 2013, Katelyn Bosley was awarded three years of NMFS fellowship support for her PhD work.  Katelyn’s advisor is Dr. Brett Dumbauld (USDA-ARS), and her mentor is Dr. Thomas Wainwright with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Fish Ecology Division in Newport, Oregon.  With her advisor, Katelyn is developing an age-based population model for burrowing shrimp using the novel lipofuscin aging method.

In 2012, Susan (Hilber) Piacenza was awarded three years of fellowship support.  Susie’s advisor is Selina Heppell, and she is working with mentors at Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Southeast Turtle Program in Miami (Paul Richards), and Pacific Island Fisheries, Marine Turtle Research Group in Honolulu (George Balazs).

For her PhD research, Susie will study the dynamics of two population of the green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas.  The green sea turtle is considered endangered in Florida and Mexico, and threatened elsewhere in US waters under the US Endangered Species Act (NOAA Fisheries).  However, the species is showing signs of recovery in some parts of its range.  Not only is this good news for green sea turtles, but it also represents an invaluable opportunity to study what happens to a large vertebrate population as it recovers after serious population decline.

Neil Richmond Award (2013)

The Neil Richmond Memorial Scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit and need to students attending the University of Oregon (UO) Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) in Charleston, Oregon fall or spring session. The scholarship is funded by a grant from Oregon Sea Grant and honors the memory, spirit, curiosity, and love of learning of Neil Richmond, a marine scientist who worked for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Coleman Garner is a junior at the University of Oregon studying marine biology and is studying the ecology of both intertidal and subtidal organisms to better understand them in their environment help their conservation.

Sea Grant Summer Scholars, 2013

Our 2013 undergraduate Summer Scholars:

Samantha Thiede, Purdue University, was assigned to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Coos Bay, assisting in research on Coos Bay clams.

James Kralj, the University of Wisconsin – Madison, is working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Newport on wetlands ecosystems.

Catherine Courtier, University of California Santa Cruz, was assigned to work with the Wild Rivers Coast Alliance in Bandon, Oregon as a tourism intern.

Sarah Heidmann, Oregon State University, was assigned to the US Department of Agriculture office in Newport, looking at fish and invertebrate use of estuarine habitats.

Patrick Cousineau, Oregon State University, is working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) at the Hatfield Marine Science in Newport where he will help conduct research in Oregon’s network of Marine Reserves.

Chelsi Burger, Michigan State University, was assigned to the ODFW’s Newport office, working on Rockfish Recompression Engagement with the local recreational fishers.

Read about other current and past Sea Grant Scholars

on the Oregon Sea Grant web site.

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