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Two SBU Students Selected for Competitive Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

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Noah Khalsa and Lisa Crawford, master’s and PhD candidates, respectively, in the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, have been chosen as finalists in the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program, which matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative branch, executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions located in the Washington, DC area, for a one-year paid fellowship. The program is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Khalsa, Crawford and three other Knauss finalists from New York will join 86 nationwide in the 2023 class, which represents the largest in recent years.

“I am thrilled by the opportunity to apply my academic background to a new discipline to advance my lifelong goal to champion the oceans,” said Crawford.

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Left: Lisa Crawford goes shark fishing while studying local New York sharks for her dissertation work on shark toxicology. Her team does all their work hanging over the side of the boat. This way they can keep the shark in the water so it can breathe and be easily released. She takes measurements as well as blood and tissue samples for her research. Credit: Jim Miller. Middle: “I had a common thresher shark on the line, the first shark I ever angled, and I was working on landing it boat-side,” says Crawford. Credit: Charlie Witek. Right: “This was the first shark I ever handled in the wild,” says Crawford. “I’m holding the shortfin mako shark upside down in tonic immobility; when you flip a shark over, they fall asleep and we’re able to safely draw blood and take measurements.” Credit: Mike Frisk

“As a Knauss fellow, I intend to further develop my skills as a fisheries scientist while contributing to the crafting of science-based and stakeholder-oriented marine resource management policies,” said Khalsa.

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Noah Khalsa aboard the R/V Sikuliaq in the Bering Sea, AK. “Being born and raised in Alaska, I developed a unique appreciation for the socioeconomic importance of ocean resources. Building on this, as a fisheries technician with the Sitka Tribe of Alaska during college, my eyes were opened to the value of involving stakeholders in resource management.” Credit: Anne-Lise Ducluzeau

For more on these fellows, see New York Sea Grant’s website.

More than 1,550 fellows have completed the one-year Knauss fellowship program since 1979, applying their experience to lasting careers in science, policy and public administration.

Learn all about the Knauss Fellowship in this video from the National Sea Grant College Program.

The application period and guidance for 2024 fellowships will open in Fall 2022.

Since 1971, New York Sea Grant, a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, has been one of 34 university-based programs under NOAA’s National Sea Grant College Program. The extension portion of NYSG’s programming is administered through Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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