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 2014-2015
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.
Kaity Goldsmith is assigned to the Governor’s Natural Resources Office in Salem, OR., to assist developing policy recommendations on coastal opportunities and challenges facing Oregon. She will engage in all facets of ocean policy development and implementation via: program and regulatory action; legislative action in the run up to and throughout the 2015 legislative session; intergovernmental coordination; media communications; and, stakeholder engagement. Kaity was a 2013-2014 OSG Malouf Scholar. She received her Master of Environmental Management, Environmental Studies from Portland State University in 2014.
Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholar 2014-2015
Keats Conley is currently a second-year Ph.D. student in Biology at the University of Oregon. She is researching the feeding preferences of pelagic tunicates, animals that serve as a key link between lower food-chain organisms, such as bacteria, and commercially important fishes. An important component of the project is artistic and educational outreach that will bring the microscopic images to a wide public audience.
Laura Ferguson is studying the way in which research team members engage with diverse stakeholders to develop a relevant model of water in the Willamette Valley over the next 90 years. She is focusing on the experiences of the engagement process participants to identify the challenges and successes of the process. She is currently a second-year graduate student in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University.
Joey Peters is assessing the effects of fluoxetine (i.e. Prozac) on the California mussel, Mytilus Californianus, to determine if environmentally relevant concentrations are affecting mussel physiology and their susceptibility to predation. He is currently a second year master’s student at Portland State University.
Sea Grant/Wild Rivers Coastal Alliance South Coast Resilience Scholar 2014
Dacotah-Victoria Splichalova is an OSU undergrad philosophy/writing major who is working for Wild Rivers Coast Alliance (WRCA) to help communicate the stories of WRCA Grantees and the work of WRCA, as well as helping to tell the South Coast story, and collaborating with Travel Oregon and other partners to promote ecotourism in the Wild Rivers Coast region of Oregon’s southern coast. She is also a dedicated Oregon surfer and enjoys teaching free surf lessons on Saturdays in Newport.
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.