Summer Fellows

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.

In 2013, our CBE Fellows’ projects span the globe: one is right here in Monterey, others are in California and Maryland, one is in both Chile and Peru, two are in Europe, two are in the Middle East and a few are in the Pacific Islands.

Read our blogs!

Tiffany Carlson

Tiffany Carlson is in Lyngby, Denmark to work with Maersk Drilling, developing environmental management plans for their rigs. Tiffany plans to learn everything she can about ocean engineering and the drilling sector, and forge a career as a sustainability officer in industry.


Sarah CowenSarah Cowen is working with KAI Marine Services in Malta to conduct a marine survey of turtle & cetacean populations. When Sarah finishes this fellowship, she will spend two years with the Peace Corps in Mexico.

Rainey Graeven

Rainey Graeven is on the beautiful west coast of Ireland to generate a travel cost model of recreational marine fishing in Irish waters. Rainey will be working with Dr. Stephen Hynes, a Fulbright Scholar who worked with us in Monterey in 2012 and 2013. Rainey is at the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit at the National University of Ireland in Galway.

Justin Wright

Two students are working with Save the Waves this summer. Justin Wright will design a willingness-to-pay study for a surf reserve on the Bukit Peninsula in Bali, Indonesia and assist community members in a World Surfing Reserve application.

Cindy Zuluaga Jimenez is in Huanchaco, Peru, to work on creating a methodology for analyzing the economic value of surf spots, using sites in California, Huanchaco, and Pichilemu Chile.

Malcolm JohnsonMalcolm Johnson is working with Oceana in Monterey, California to analyze California fisheries that interact with leatherback sea turtles and draft an international agreement codifying a trans-Pacific partnership between the U.S. and Indonesia to protect leatherback turtles. Malcolm is preparing for the first ever Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle conservation day!




Gabe Kiritz

Gabe Kiritz will be working with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Amman, Jordan and Dubai, UAE studying the Middle East and Northern African seas. Gabe will be researching the marine invasive alien species in the region and collaborating with local public, private, and non-profit groups to devise methods to manage these species.


Nate Maynard
Nate Maynard is working with the Ocean Recovery Alliance in Hong Kong to compare trash reduction methods in waterways and determine the economic impact that the Global Alert - Floating Trash platform will have on watershed and coastal communities around the world.


Rey MontanoIn Capitola, California, Nereyda Montano is working with Driscoll's and the community to address the issue of aquifer overdraft in the Pajaro Valley.





Hanna MueggeHanna Muegge is working with OneReef in Koror, Palau to mitigate sediment flow that smothers reef-building corals in the Pohnpei lagoon area.




Erich PachecoErich Pacheco is working with the Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program in Papua New Guinea to value the coastal resources in the Yopno, Uruwa and Som Conservation Area of the Huon Peninsula.


Sam Robinson


In Santa Cruz, California, Samantha Robinson is working with FishWise to prepare white papers and briefing documents on social issues in seafood and fishing and relevant proposed legislation. Sam is particularly excited to be building on work that 2012 CBE Fellow Tami Weiss began. One of the resultant papers is here.

Kelsey Schueler
Kelsey Schueler is in Silver Spring, Maryland with the National Marine Sanctuary program in NOAA, preparing a valuation survey to determine the economic value of tourism at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Kelsey also intends to assist with assessing the socioeconomic impact of expansions to the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary.