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2013 California Sea Grant State Fellows have been announced and MLML Alum Katie Morrice is among them

January 23, 2013 - 10:00am

2013 California Sea Grant State Fellowship winners

January 23, 2013 

CA Sea Grant Announces Largest State Fellowship Cohort Yet


LA JOLLA - California Sea Grant has selected the recipients of the 2013 California Sea Grant State Fellowships in marine policy and resource management.


This year's cohort of 13 hails from the disciplines of marine biology, physical oceanography, paleogeology, fish physiology, environmental toxicology and marine resource management and is the largest class since the fellowship program began in 1987.


"Our State Fellowship program continues to attract a very talented pool of applicants," said California Sea Grant Associate Director Shauna Oh. "Agencies want to host these motivated and skilled recent graduates, and many of our fellows land jobs in marine policy after their fellowship ends, in large part because of the training and networking opportunities. I am very excited about the opportunities awaiting the fellows in the coming year."


All of this year's fellowship recipients have completed graduate-level training at California universities. Many have volunteered or held positions at non-profits or government entities engaged in public education, management or conservation. For others, the fellowship will offer a "soft landing" from academia to public sector service with yearlong mentorship and on-the-job training.


"I already have a lot of responsibilities and am being exposed to a lot of topics," said recipient Hayley Carter, who started at the California Ocean Science Trust in early January. "It's been really great."


Another recipient, Claire Waggoner, a recent master's graduate from CSU Long Beach, said she saw the fellowship as an "opportunity to transition to the next step."


"I would like to have a more direct impact, and make actual changes for the environment, through policy," said Waggoner who studied the endocrine-disrupting effects of pollutants on fish in Southern California.


"The Sea Grant State Fellowships are valuable, unique opportunities for students and scientists who want to understand and protect California's coastal ecosystems and resources," said Joe Street, currently a post-doctoral researcher at UC Santa Cruz, who will spend his fellowship at the California Coastal Commission.


Each State Fellow will receive a stipend of about $3,300 per month for up to a year. Major funding for the fellowships is being provided by the host agencies and the Ocean Protection Council, in partnership with California Sea Grant.


This year's hosts include the California Natural Resources Agency, the Delta Science Program, NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, and the California Coastal Conservancy, among others.


Read more about our State Fellows