USC Scientists Work on Policy Issues in D.C.

Two USC College doctoral students are spending the year in Washington, D.C. as Knauss Marine Policy Fellows through the National Sea Grant program of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Nominated by the USC Sea Grant office, David Ginsburg and August Vogel were among 43 fellows selected for the 2007 class. Ginsburg, who completed his Ph.D. work with biological sciences professor Donal Manahan, took a post in the NOAA’s Office of Education.

Vogel, from associate professor Suzanne Edmands’ marine population genetics lab, has spent the last eight months traveling far and wide working on international fisheries issues as part of the Oceanographer of the Navy’s office.

Over the summer, fellows met with Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, head of the NOAA and Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere in the Department of Commerce.

The fellowship program, established in 1979, is named after Sea Grant founder and former NOAA administrator John A. Knauss.