Summer Fellows 2014

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 during the summer between their 1st and 2nd years. Applications are due in the spring, followed by interviews with the project leaders. Students are then matched with projects that are best suited to their interests and skills.

Vicky Bell

Vicky Bell  will be  at Ant Atoll Micronesia, working under an emerging collaborative effort with Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO). Focusing on fish biomass and population size structure and related economic benefits, Vicki will work with SIO fish data collected at Ant, estimate biomass/pop structure, then provide reasonable projections about such elements as probable increases in fish abundance and population structure change over time. She will also estimate likely anticipated increases to direct economic benefits from increased fish abundance, especially of larger female fish.

Jessica Morten


Jessica Morten will be 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 will be 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 will be 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. Specifically, 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 will be working with Save the Waves in Bahia Todos Santos in Northern Baja Mexico.  The Project has three objectives.  The first is 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.  The second will be to assist in logistical support for the World Surf Reserve dedication on June 21 in Ensenada.  Finally, Trent  will 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 will work 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  will be working with The Nature Conservancy in Santa Cruz, CA and on the ground in Grenada 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.  Amanda said, "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 will be 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 nclude a desk review, evaluation, and future needs assessment of ML monitoring activities world-wide, an assessment of technical gaps in these monitoring activities, identification of potential projects to assist with future GPA implementation of ML activities, and assistance in the development and implementation of the GPA's ML Components of its Work Programme. Kelsey said, "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  will be 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 quantifying 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 will work with EcoViva in El Salvador along with 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.