USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellow for 2010
USC Sea Grant's 2010 Knauss Fellow Leslie Abramson
Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee-Majority
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Social Anthropology from Stanford University, Leslie began a career as a professional mariner, diver and outdoor educator. She spent seven years working for non profits such as Outward Bound, Sea Education Association and the Los Angeles Maritime Institute, sailing along both coasts of the United States, the Caribbean islands, Mediterranean Sea and twice across the Atlantic. She also spent 1½ years on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) hydrographic research vessel RAINIER, where she worked as a Seaman Surveyor throughout Southeast Alaska and down the Aleutian Island chain. Leslie completed a Master of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, with a specialization in Coastal Marine Resource Management. While at UCSB, Leslie worked with the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, where she analyzed policy to protect large cetaceans from fatal ship strikes in Santa Barbara channel.
As a Knauss Legislative Sea Grant fellow, Leslie is thrilled to be working in the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. The Subcommittee is responsible for legislation and oversight of matters that impact our oceans, coasts, Great Lakes and climate, including: coastal zone management; marine fisheries and marine mammals; oceans, weather and atmospheric activities; marine and ocean navigation; ocean policy and NOAA. In her capacity as a fellow, Leslie has been able to draft legislation, prepare for and participate in hearings and connect with leaders in ocean science and conservation. She plans to continue work in ocean policy after her fellowship, either within Congress or NOAA.