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 2013
Jenny Thompson, an Oregon State University graduate in Marine Resource Management, is assigned to the NOAA Fisheries Office of Policy in Washington, D.C.
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 2013
Geoff Ostrove, our newest Natural Resources Policy Fellow, is assigned to the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.
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.
Amy Burgess is a third year PhD student in Craig Young’s lab at OIMB. Her dissertation looks at the effects of large pacific waves and other water movements on hard bottom communities off Cape Arago, Oregon. Amy enjoys engaging the public in research and education about the marine environment. In the future she hopes to teach and conduct research as a college professor and continue her involvement in public outreach.
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.