2022 California Sea Grant State Fellows.

Meet the 2022 California Sea Grant State Fellows

California Sea Grant is excited to welcome 25 recipients into the prestigious 2022 State Fellowship. This opportunity provides fellows with unparalleled and hands-on training at the interface of science, communication, policy, and management at either a municipal, state, or federal host agency in California for one year.

The 2022 State Fellows, hosted by 14 agencies and organizations throughout California, bring diverse experience in the realms of marine biodiversity and conservation, climate change adaptation, resource management, community outreach and education, molecular and biochemical research, environmental policy, toxicology, and sea-level rise adaptation, and more. 
Meet the Fellows

Reducing Methane Emissions with  Seaweed

Aquaculture extension specialist Luke Gardner is testing a creative solution to the growing problem of cow related methane emissions. The goal is to find a native California seaweed to sustainably feed cows and reduce methane in cow digestion.
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Bull kelp.

Kelp "Seed Bank" for Future Restoration

Kelp genetics could act as an insurance policy for an uncertain future. Banking on a species’ future revival means taking action now, which is why scientists are making a vault of bull kelp gametophytes before more is lost. 

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Managing Water for Coho Salmon and Communities

Researchers set out to identify the impacts of droughts on coho outmigration and to determine the minimum necessary water levels and streamflows that support the coho salmon moving downstream. 
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Scuba diver.

Wrapping Up Long-Term MPA Projects 

As an upcoming decadal review of California's Marine Protected Area network approaches, research teams have compiled results that will inform the future of the state's MPAs. Researchers worked to gain a better understanding of MPA impacts on ecosystems, diversity, and socioeconomic effects. 
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CASG Welcomes New Communications Manager

California Sea Grant is pleased to welcome Myriam Martin as Program Communications Manager. Martin will lead the communications department with over 20 years of experience in internal & external communications.
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Sea Grant Science on National Geographic

Don't miss former California Sea Grant Delta Science Research Fellow, Dr. Levi Lewis, in The Last Drop, a National Geographic documentary about drought and water scarcity in California. He is now the PI of the Biogeochemistry and Fish Ecology Laboratory at the University of California, Davis. Watch the full documentary at the YouTube link above, where Dr. Lewis' segment begins at minute 7:30. 

National Invasive Species Week

February 28 - March 4

California Sea Grant funded research seeks to understand how non-native species can impact California's lakes, rivers, and coastal ocean. Explore our research and resources:
California Ocean Litter Strategy Workgroup.
The California Ocean Litter Prevention Strategy (CA OLS) outlines actions that stakeholders can take to prevent and reduce ocean litter in California.
The February 2022 workgroups, run in part by California Sea Grant's NOAA Marine Debris Program Extension Fellow Tanya Torres, will include updates from CA OLS partners, agency updates, and legislative developments surrounding marine debris efforts in California. If interested in joining any of the workgroup calls, please reach out to the respective workgroup lead for meeting invite information.

Workshops will take place throughout the month of February. Please see dates, times, and registration info at the link below. 
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Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship — The application period is currently open for the 2023 John A. Knauss Fellowship. This year-long fellowship matches recent graduate students with federal agencies in the legislative and executive branch of government for hands-on training in science policy and resource management. Application Deadline: February 18, 2022.

2022 Delta Science Fellowship —  This fellowship funds research projects of up to two years in duration that will advance the state of knowledge underlying high priority science issues that affect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and its management as an integrated socio-ecological system. Eligible applicants include postdoctoral researchers, Ph.D. students, and master’s students. Notice of Intent Deadline: February 28, 2022.

Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program Field Internships — Located in Windsor, Sonoma County, the program monitors native, endangered salmon and threatened steelhead populations to support recovery efforts throughout the watershed. The intern will assist California Sea Grant biologists with scientific data collection for fish and environmental monitoring efforts. Application Deadline: April 17, 2022.
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