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Getting trashy: A Knauss fellow’s venture into marine debris

October 26, 2023

Madison Willert, 2023-2024 Knauss Fellow

My name is Madison Willert and I have a Ph.D. in biology from Georgia Tech. I entered the 2023 Knauss Fellowship Program through Georgia Sea Grant. My work in the National Sea Grant Office and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program supports… Full story

Adjusting from academia to the speed of Congress

July 6, 2023

Jeffrey Beauvais, 2023-2024 Knauss Fellow

I am Knauss Fellow working in the office of Congressman John Garamendi, who represents California’s 8th Congressional District. As someone born and raised in the Lowcountry, my only exposure to the different paradigms of water management/rights in the Western U.S…. Full story

Marine policy on the Hill

December 12, 2022

Chandler Countryman, 2022 Knauss Fellow

As a Knauss Fellow, I am working in Congress, commonly referred to as the Hill, in the U.S. House of Representatives with Congresswoman Doris Matsui. Working for a California Representative means that I am learning a lot about West Coast… Full story

Achieving resilience through flexibility

November 19, 2021

María Mercedes Carruthers Ferrero, 2021-22 Knauss Fellow

A love of law, science, and the coast led me to the Knauss Fellowship and my placement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Hazard Mitigation Planning Program. I am a UGA Law School graduate and am privileged to… Full story

How parenthood prepared me for my Knauss Fellowship

August 23, 2021

Amara Davis, 2021-2022 Knauss Fellow

I have been and done many things, but this year as a Knauss Fellow has not only given me experience but has given me a change in perspective—about my work and about myself. My name is Amara Davis, and I’m… Full story

Being open to the journey: reflections from a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

October 8, 2020

Emily Horton, 2019 – 2020 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

“Not all who wander are lost,” – J.R.R. Tolkien. This quote resonates with the value and vision driven—albeit less conventional—journey I have taken that has led me to a Ph.D. in Integrative Conservation and Anthropology and my current position as… Full story

Early stage reflections on pursuing a career in fisheries conservation

July 6, 2020

Guy Eroh, 2020-2021 Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

For as long as I can remember, I have thought that fish are the most fascinating creatures in the world which is why I am dedicating my life to fisheries conservation. As a student at the University of Georgia, I… Full story

Reflections from sea

September 4, 2019

Christine Burns, 2019-20 Knauss Fellow

As I write this, I am sitting aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship, Fairweather, learning how NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey collects the data needed to create our nation’s nautical charts. On this particular cruise, we’re collecting… Full story

Exploring the world of policy: The experience of a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

November 14, 2018

Mary Kate Rogener, 2018-19 Knauss Fellow

I have been involved in active scientific research for more than five years and the majority of my doctoral work focused on highly politicized topics within the oceanic environment (Deepwater Horizon disaster, Gulf hypoxia, methane emissions in the Arctic, etc.)…. Full story

A Year in the Life of a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

April 12, 2016

Natalie McLenaghan, 2015 NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow

This April marks the sixth anniversary of the tragic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon MC252 drilling platform in 2010, which released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and resulted in devastating impacts to wildlife and coastal… Full story

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