Center for the Blue Economy Professional education and research to promote ocean and coastal sustainability

Summer Fellows 2014

Students pursue fully-funded fellowships
with top marine organizations

Students enrolled in the International Environmental Policy (IEP) program who are pursuing the concentration in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management are eligible for fully-funded fellowships with top marine organizations. Applications are due in the spring, followed by interviews with the project leaders. Students then choose projects that are best suited to their interests and skills. 

Click on a photo for a personal description of the student’s adventure

Vicky Bell


Vicky Bell  is  at Ant, a (very small) atoll in Micronesia, working under an emerging collaborative effort with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO). Focusing on fish biomass, population size,  and related economic benefits, Bell will use data collected by SIO to project probable increases in fish abundance and distribution patterns, and track changes over time. She will also estimate increases to direct economic benefits from increased fish abundance.

Jessica Morten


Jessica Morten is working this summer for Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco as part of their Oceans Research and Development team. Jessica will assist with research and data analysis for EDFs global fisheries strategy.

Maren Farnum


Maren Farnum is a research assistant with the National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) here at the CBE. Her duties will include compiling market and non-market data for the NOEP website for sectors such as the commercial and recreational fishing industries, ports and cargo, coastal population and housing demographics, etc. In addition to data collection and analysis, Maren will also update and supplement NOEP's resource library for non-market and market studies.

Matt Nichols


Matt Nichols is working on sustainability issues for Maersk Drilling, a subsidiary of the A.P. Moller – Maersk Group, the world's largest shipping company, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He will help refine and communicate the company's environmental policy on a range of issues, including their efforts to mitigate risk, protect the marine environment and reduce carbon emissions. Matt is excited to collaborate with Maersk's sustainability team, building on his research on offshore oil & gas for the National Ocean Economics Program. He is also looking forward to visiting Legoland where "everything is awesome."

Trent Hodges


Trent Hodges is working with Save the Waves in Bahia Todos Santos in Northern Baja Mexico.  The project has three objectives.: first, to assist with the development and implementation of an economic valuation study for surfing resources in the bay.  This information will be used to show policy makers the importance of maintaining the ecological integrity of the coastal ecosystems and the economic benefits the sport of surfing provides to the community; second, to assist in logistical support for the World Surf Reserve dedication on June 21 in Ensenada;   third, to assist in the Local Stewardship Project of San Miguel ,which includes the promotion of the arroyo San Miguel as Baja California’s first state park.

Sara Pfeifer

Sara Pfeifer is working with The Nature Conservancy on their Coastal Resilience network project in southern Mexico, conducting a cost-benefit analysis (economic and non-economic) of the use adaptation practices along the Mesoamerican reef coastline and supporting the elaboration of the coastal vulnerability and coastal protection models.

Amanda Leinberger


Amanda Leinberger  is working with The Nature Conservancy out of  Santa Cruz, CA and is on the ground in Grenada working on coastal resilience projects. She will assist with a Cost-Benefit Analysis of coastal adaptation strategies being considered in Grenada, as well as work with the Red Cross on community outreach projects.  "I am excited to take what I have learned in the classroom and apply it to this critical work being carried out on the island of Grenada."

Kelsey Richardson


Kelsey Richardson is working as an intern for the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities (GPA), which is part of the Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.  Kelsey's work will focus on the GPA's Marine Litter (ML) activities and will include a desk review, evaluation, and future needs assessment of ML monitoring activities world-wide.  She will also conduct an assessment of technical gaps in these monitoring activities, identify potential projects to assist with future ML activities, and assistance in the development and implementation of the GPA's ML Components of its Work Programme.  "My area of specialization in OCRM is marine debris, so the opportunity to work with this division of UNEP is a dream summer internship."

Mairi Miller


Mairi Miller  is working in Bonthe, Sierra Leone with the Environmental Justice Foundation. Currently, little is known about what types of fish are being caught in the West African waters and of their relative abundance. Mairi's work will focus on a community science project investigating the relative impacts of commercial and artisanal fishing methods in the Sherbro River estuary aimed to support a campaign to end destructive and illegal fishing methods in the country’s coastal waters.  She will obtain and quantify commercial and artisanal fish stock data in order to determine the overlap in fish catch, fishing methods, and location of effort between commercial and artisanal fishers.This community science project will be complementary to a broader initiative to develop Co-Managed Marine Protected Areas (CMPAs).  

Jordan Sanchez


Jordan Sanchez is working with EcoViva in El Salvador along with the Mangrove Association, fishing cooperatives, and Ministry of the Environment to expand EcoViva's "Pesca Limpa" program in the internationally recognized mangroves of Bahia de Jiquilisco in El Salvador. The goal of "Pesca Limpia" is to empower local fishing cooperatives in their transition away from blast fishing into more sustainable fishing methods.