Ohio Sea Grant’s five 2021 Knauss fellowship finalists have completed Placement Week in Washington. D.C., meeting with potential host offices and interviewing for positions of interest. Four fellows will work in executive branch offices, with one fellow joining a congressional office on the legislative side.
Margaret Beetstra from Little Rock, Ark. is a PhD graduate in the School of Environment & Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. She was placed in NOAA’s Office of Education as a Science Education and Policy Fellow, where she will support the NOAA Education Council, working on engagement strategies between the Council and Office of Education, and developing communication products to showcase NOAA Education. She will also coordinate the Coastal Ecosystem Learning Centers Network.
Kerri Dobson from Norwich, England is a PhD candidate in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University. She will be the International and Domestic Policy Fellow within NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program, helping to facilitate engagement and development as a member of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) and participating in the organization of international capacity development workshops in small island states.
Michaela Margida is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Environmental Sciences at The University of Toledo. She received a placement in New Jersey Senator Cory Booker’s office, working with constituents, developing policy on climate, environmental justice and other environmental topics, and supporting work in the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Environmental Justice Caucus
Helena Pound from Knoxville, Tenn. is a doctoral candidate in microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was placed in the Department of Energy’s Wind Energy Technologies Office, working on environmental and siting research for offshore wind development to identify and mitigate potential concerns associated with wind farm establishment. She will also assist with new initiatives and funding solicitations that will provide the data and tools needed to safely and efficiently install offshore wind turbines.
James Price from Suwanee, Ga. is a PhD graduate in the School of Earth Sciences at The Ohio State University. As the RESTORE Act Fellow with the U.S. Coast Guard, he will be responsible for helping to cultivate relationships and support activities that advance the goals of the RESTORE Council’s Comprehensive Plan, including the role of the Coast Guard in incident preparedness, risk-based restoration, and reducing vulnerabilities in the Gulf of Mexico.
The prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is a year-long NOAA Sea Grant program that places highly qualified graduate students in host offices in the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government. The five Ohio finalists join a group of 74 graduate students recommended to the National Sea Grant office from 27 Sea Grant programs across the country.
More information about the Knauss Fellowship Program is available at seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss-Fellowship-Program. Applications for 2021 fellowships are open now, and applications must be submitted by February 19, 2021. Information on the application process is available at ohioseagrant.osu.edu/about/jobs/knauss.
The Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 34 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.