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West Coast Sea Grant Fellowship

marine research needs coverOn April 4th, 2011, the four west coast Sea Grant Programs in California, Oregon and Washington teamed up with the West Coast Governors' Agreement on Ocean Health (WCGA) selected four highly qualified young professionals for the West Coast Sea Grant Fellowship. The fellows will support regional research and information needs and advance elements of the WCGA Action Plan.

Launched in September 2006 by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington, the WCGA advances regional ocean governance and seeks to achieve clean coastal waters and beaches, healthy ocean and coastal habitats, effective ecosystem-based management, reduced impacts of offshore development, increased ocean awareness and literacy among the region's citizens, expanded ocean and coastal scientific information, research and monitoring, and sustainable economic development of coastal communities.

Beginning this spring, the four West Coast Sea Grant fellows, funded by Sea Grant, will begin their two-year assignments in federal and state agency offices in California, Oregon and Washington. USC Sea Grant's funded fellow, Alison Haupt will work in the California Natural Resources Agency. Alison will build upon the 2009 "West Coast Regional Marine Research and Information Needs" report by the four West Coast Sea Grant programs to develop a "Governor-level" research plan with clear priorities for West Coast research needs. Her work will further the WCGA Action Plan and ACT work plans by identifying research, science and monitoring needs.

Alison and the three other fellows will assist members of the 10 regional WCGA Action Coordination Teams (ACT) and will be directly involved in the implementation of the 2008 WCGA Action Plan, a plan that describes seven key priorities facing the West Coast: clean coastal waters and beaches; healthy ocean and coastal habitats; effective ecosystem-based management; reduced impacts of offshore development; increased ocean awareness and literacy among the region's citizens; expanded ocean and coastal scientific information, research, and monitoring; and sustainable economic development of coastal communities.
 
"We're very excited to have this opportunity to benefit from the academic expertise, experience and enthusiasm of our four new fellows," said Brian Baird, California's Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy. "In these difficult economic times, working collaboratively to advance important ocean and coastal initiatives on the West Coast is critically important."
 
The four fellows have been placed as follows:
 
Alison Haupt (USC Sea Grant) will work in the California Natural Resources Agency. Alison will build upon the 2009 "West Coast Regional Marine Research and Information Needs" report by the four West Coast Sea Grant programs to develop a "Governor-level" research plan with clear priorities for West Coast research needs. Her work will further the WCGA Action Plan and ACT work plans by identifying research, science and monitoring needs.

Todd Hallenbeck (Oregon Sea Grant) will be hosted in the Oregon Governor's Office. Todd will play a key role in CMSP, a science-based spatial planning process for analyzing current and anticipated uses of ocean and coastal areas. Todd will assist the WCGA and its regional planning body in development of a CMSP framework that includes data management, decision support tools, stakeholder engagement and policy aspects. His work will help inform CMSP regionally as he interacts with entities such as the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, Pacific Fishery Management Council and various federal agencies with responsibilities for ocean and coastal activities, as well as state leadership from the three West Coast states.

Alan Lovewell (California Sea Grant) will be hosted in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Seattle office. Alan's work will focus on integrating NOAA and WCGA Integrated Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) initiatives. IEAs describe the ecosystem, assess its current condition, forecast the future ecological health using current management strategies and evaluate alternate strategies and their potential impacts. He will serve in a management interface and communication role, helping to communicate the importance of IEAs. He will document and communicate key management needs and will identify where data is available and how that data could be shared among West Coast states.

Suzanna Stoike (Washington Sea Grant) will work in the Washington Department of Ecology. Her work will focus on sustainable coastal communities by assisting the Sustainable Communities ACT with carrying out its soon-to-be released implementation plan. Suzanna will help connect the West Coast Ecosystem-Based Network, a partnership of six community-based initiatives focused on the successful implementation of ecosystem-based management (EBM) along the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California, and the IEA ACT, among other activities.

For more information:
Phyllis Grifman, USC Sea Grant
Telephone: ((213) 740-1961
Email: Grifman@usc.edu

Lisa DeBruyckere, WCGA Coordinator
Telephone: (503) 704-2884
Email: lisad@createstrat.com