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Sea Grant, NOAA Fisheries Announce 2022 Joint Fellowship Program Awardees

Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries are pleased to announce the 2022 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship recipients. Seven population and ecosystem dynamics fellowships and one marine resource economics fellowship will be awarded through this national program.

Since 1999, the NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship program has trained the next generation of specialized experts in fisheries management. The program addresses the critical need for future fisheries scientists with expertise in stock assessment by supporting students pursuing doctoral degrees in related fields.

The field of population and ecosystem dynamics is vital to making high quality fishery stock assessments in order to properly manage U.S. fisheries. Fellows’ research focuses on modeling and managing systems of living marine resources, which includes quantitatively assessing the status of marine ecosystems, fish, invertebrates, marine mammals, seabirds and other targeted and protected species. The marine resource economics fellowship concentrates on economics related to the conservation and management of living marine resources.

“Through the NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Program, this year’s class of talented fellows will advance their scientific and technical skills while informing current sustainable fisheries and environmental management challenges,” said Jonathan Pennock, Ph.D., National Sea Grant College Program director. “We are excited to welcome the incoming fellows and see where their research interests will take them in the future.”

Fellows are chosen through a competitive process that involves national review by an expert panel. The 2022 fellows are geographically diverse, attending universities in Alaska, California, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and Washington. See some of the words they use to describe themselves and their work in the word cloud below.

During their fellowship, fellows are guided by at least two mentors, one from the fellow’s university and one from NOAA Fisheries, and they are required to participate in a yearly research symposium.

This year’s NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Research Symposium will take place concurrently with the annual American Fisheries Society meeting (August 21-25) in Spokane, Washington. Combining these events offers an opportunity for fellows to network with fisheries professionals and share their science with the larger fisheries community. During the symposium, fellows who have completed at least the first year of their fellowship will present updates on their research. The gathering will also include a professional development workshop for fellows on science communication, resume building and career opportunities.

Since the fellowship began, it has supported over 100 population and ecosystem dynamics and 38 marine resource economics doctoral fellows. Alumni of this fellowship typically hold future positions in NOAA Fisheries, other agencies, academics and fishery management councils. To learn more about the field of fisheries management and how experiences like the NMFS-Sea Grant fellowships address the need for career development opportunities in this specialized field, see this report to Congress and this academic paper.

Meet the 2022 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellows below.

  • Marine Resource Economics Fellow:
    • Karl Aspelund
      • MIT Sea Grant
      • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      • Faculty Advisor: Benjamin A. Olken
      • Project: Individual tradable quotas: Balancing impacts on efficiency and labor markets
      • Northeast Fisheries Science Center
      • NOAA Mentor: Min-Yang Lee
  • Population and Ecosystem Dynamics Fellows:
    • Johnna Brooks
      • North Carolina Sea Grant
      • North Carolina State University
      • Faculty Advisor: Jeffrey A. Buckel & Jie Cao
      • Project: Development of a novel seasonal size-structured, tag-integrated, state-space stock assessment model with application to an estuarine fish stock
      • Southeast Fisheries Science Center
      • NOAA Mentor: Kyle W. Shertzer
  • California Sea Grant
    • Emily Chen
      • University of California Berkeley
      • Faculty Advisor: Stephanie Carlson
      • Project: Incorporating age structure into pre- and post-season assessments of California's salmon fishery
      • Southwest Fisheries Science Center
      • NOAA Mentors: Michael R. O’Farrell & William H. Satterthwaite
  • Florida Sea Grant
    • Matthew Marrero
      • Florida International University
      • Faculty Advisor: Alastair Harborne
      • Project: Modeling ecosystem-scale coral reef fisheries in South Florida using novel recreational fisher behavior data
      • Southeast Fisheries Science Center
      • NOAA Mentor: Matthew McPherson
  • Michigan Sea Grant
    • Katrina Munsterman
      • University of Michigan Ann Arbor
      • Faculty Advisor: Jacob E. Allgeier
      • Project: Incorporating consumer-producer feedbacks to quantify fish production on artificial reef habitats
      • Southeast Fisheries Science Center
      • NOAA Mentor: Matthew D. Campbell
  • Washington Sea Grant
    • Kristin Privitera-Johnson
      • University of Washington
      • Faculty Advisor: André E. Punt
      • Project: Methods for improving catch stability & informing assessment frequency
      • Northwest Fisheries Science Center
      • NOAA Mentor: Richard D. Methot
  • Alaska Sea Grant
    • Genoa Sullaway
      • University of Alaska
      • Faculty Advisor: Curry James Cunningham
      • Project: Applying an integrated population model to understand marine processes affecting Western Alaskan Chinook salmon productivity and aid in bycatch prediction
      • Alaska Fisheries Science Center
      • NOAA Mentor: Lauren A. Rogers
  • New York Sea Grant
    • Sarah Weisberg
      • Stony Brook University
      • Faculty Advisor: Janet A. Nye
    • Project: Advancing climate-informed, ecosystem-based fisheries management through food web modeling, indicator development and risk analysis in the rapidly warming Gulf of Maine
    • Northeast Fisheries Science Center
    • NOAA Mentor: Sean M. Lucey
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