2011-2013 West Coast Sea Grant Fellowship

University of Southern California Sea Grant announces an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of West Coast ocean and coastal research and policies. The four West Coast Sea Grant programs in Washington, Oregon, and California will sponsor four West Coast Sea Grant Fellows to collaboratively support implementation of common elements of the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health (WCGA) and the Sea Grant West Coast Regional Research and Information Needs Report (West Coast Research Report).

In 2006, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provided funds to the four West Coast Sea Grant programs to develop a marine research and information plan for the West Coast. The West Coast Research Report details priority research and information questions within three crosscutting themes and eight topical areas. Signed by the three West Coast governors in 2006, the WCGA is a groundbreaking agreement to protect and manage ocean and coastal resources along the entire coast. The ensuing WCGA Action Plan established ten Action Coordination Teams (ACTs) to serve as region-wide facilitators to inform and recommend how to best implement the Action Plan agenda. With the completion of the West Coast Research Report and the WCGA, it is critical to integrate the two processes to mesh policy, management and research priorities. The West Coast Sea Grant Fellowship was established to support these actions.

Beginning February 2011, each Fellow will be placed for two years in a state or federal agency that is directly involved in implementation of the WCGA Action Plan. Graduate students or recent postgraduates who have demonstrated skills and experience in marine or aquatic science or policy are encouraged to apply. Fellows may be involved in working on marine policy questions from a variety of scientific, legal, social or economic perspectives. Applications are due October 7, 2010.

The full fellowship announcement can be downloaded here.

West Coast Governors' Agreement Website: http://westcoastoceans.gov

Sea Grant West Coast Regional Research and Information Needs Report: http://www.wsg.washington.edu/research/econcomdev/regional_plan.html

Please contact Phyllis Grifman at grifman@usc.edu or 213.740.1963 for more information.

Alternately, prospective applicants are encouraged to contact their nearest Sea Grant program with questions. Program contacts are listed in the full announcement.