USC Sea Grant's Knauss Fellow for 2013

Katherine Nixon


Oceanographer of the Navy (US DOD, NAVY)


College of Letters & Science – University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Master of Arts in Economics (expected December 2012)
Environmental Economics emphasis, 3.7 GPA

2012 Bren School of Environmental Science & Management – University of California, Santa Barbara
Master of Environmental Science and Management (expected June 2012)
Coastal Marine Resource Management specialization, 3.7 GPA
2008 Emory University—Atlanta, GA
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies (May 2008)
Minor in Art History and Visual Arts, 3.7 GPA
Study Abroad  
2007 School for International Training - Panama, Fall 2007
Areas Of Specialization  
  Fisheries and marine resource management, natural resource economics, bioeconomic modeling

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management – University of California, Santa Barbara:

  • Bren Tebbe Award – Merit-based recruitment award, received Fall 2010
  • Winner of Group Eco-Entrepreneur Opportunity Assessment Competition – Received December 2010
2004 - 2005

Emory University:

  • Emory Dean's List - 2004, 2005.
  • National Recycling Coalition Scholar –National scholarship given to students actively involved in promoting recycling on college campuses.
  • James G. Lester Scholar -highest departmental award, awarded to three students in the Environmental Studies department for excellence in Environmental Studies.
  • Emory Senior Book Scholar – Schoolwide award for excellence among the Emory University senior class of 2008.
  • Emory Study Abroad Scholar – Scholarship for exceptionally qualified students for international studies in Panama.
Master's Thesis Group Project  
2011 - Present

Saving Nemo: Mariculture and Market-based Solutions to Reform the Marine Ornamental Trade (April 2011 - present)

Advisor: Dr. Steven Gaines. Client: Olazul
Economic analysis of the marine aquarium trade to evaluate the viability of potential legislative recommendations and alternative production methods.
Presenting at the World Aquaculture Society Conference (2/29/2012)

Marine And Fisheries Research  

Sustainable Fisheries Division Intern
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service. Gloucester, MA. (6/11 – 8/11)

  • Created outreach material for distribution at Council meetings to educate the public on getting involved in the fisheries management process.
  • Designed a guide to prohibited species for use by offshore fishermen.
  • Wrote an in-house training manual on the Reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Act of 2006.
2009 - 2010

Fisheries Lab Intern. Advisor: Dr. Sean Powers.
Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Dauphin Island, AL. (8/09-5/10).

  • Collaborated with The Nature Conservancy, the FDA, and the University of South Alabama in collecting otoliths, muscle and liver samples, measurements and population counts.
  • Assisted in labwide projects, including constructing, maintaining and monitoring experiments dealing with species such as rays, sharks, oysters, red drum and red snapper, using techniques including using seines, fishing rods, spearguns, gillnets and longlines.
  • Collected pre- and post- BP Oil Spill data to monitor effects on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico.

Research Intern. Advisor: Dr. Peter Verity.
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Savannah, GA. (6/07-8/07).

  • Conducted independent research comparing size and abundance of ctenophores and hydromedusae to abundance of zooplankton.
  • Performed weekly samplings of the estuary for dissolved oxygen levels, salinity, temperature, bacteria and virus counts.
2007 Independent Study Project.
School for International Training/ Emory University. (9/07-12/07). Killing the Hen that Laid the Golden Egg: Environmental and Social Impacts of Tourism Development in Bocas del Toro, Panama.

Habitat Restoration Intern.
Save the Bay. Providence, RI (5/06 – 8/06)

  • Monitored wetland salinity levels and gathered pre- and post- restoration data.
  • Harvested and replanted hundreds of plants to enhance habitats.

Research Intern.
NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center. Narragansett, RI (1/04 – 6/04)

  • Collected data on haddock spawning cycles; prepared and monitored experiments.
  • Performed maintenance including cleaning, feeding, water analysis and egg collection.
Teaching Experience  

Teaching Assistant for Environmental Ecology undergraduate course, UCSB. Fall 2010, Fall 2011.

  • Led three discussion sections for 25-30 students, guest lectured to 350 students.

Emory Science and Math Leadership Program. Emory University. 2005.

  • Received training to run peer learning groups in math and sciences.

Peer Tutor in Calculus, Emory University. 2005.

SAT/ACT Tutor, Appelrouth Tutors. Atlanta, GA. 2009.

Additional Experience  
  Endowment for Youth Committee, Curriculum Coordinator, Santa Barbara, CA (1/11-4/11)
Randstad Temping Agency, Office worker, Atlanta, GA (12/08 – 8/10)
Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Native Plant Education Intern, Atlanta, GA (5/09 – 8/09)
Eldridge Gardening, Gardener, Atlanta, GA (8/08 – 8/09)
Emory Recycles, Student Program Coordinator, Atlanta, GA (9/06 – 5/08)
Emory Center for Lifelong Learning, Customer Service Representative, Atlanta, GA (9/04 – 5/08)
Skills / Interests  

Computer: Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), R, GIS, MatLab, EViews, Graphmatica.

Certifications: SCUBA Certified.

Skills: Spanish (spoken and written); Studio Art and Design.

Volunteer work: Channel Islands Restoration (Santa Barbara, CA). Latin American Association (Atlanta, GA). Habitat for Humanity (Atlanta, GA). Alternative Spring Break (Kiln, MS).

Extracurricular Activities: Inner Tube Water Polo Intramurals (UCSB). Emory Club Field Hockey (Executive Board). Atlanta League Field Hockey (Atlanta, GA).