Public Affairs, The California State University

Marine Students Transitioning to the Next Step

By Stephanie Thara

California Sea Grant, a state-funded program supporting marine research and coastal conservation, has selected seven CSU students to work with state agencies to help solve issues that are plaguing California’s coast. As the recipients of the 2013 California Sea Grant state fellowships, students gain hands-on experience with planning and implementing policies that affect marine and coastal resources.

Of the 13 state fellows, seven are CSU students who are studying everything from marine biology and physical oceanography to fish physiology and environmental toxicology. In addition to the extensive field training, yearlong mentorship and ample networking opportunities, each state fellow will receive a stipend of about $3,300 per month for up to a year to support their studies.

This year’s recipients are:

Bethany Baibak, Humboldt State University: She will work closely with California Department of Parks and Recreation to develop strategies and policies to protect coastal parks from sea level rise and other climate-related impacts.

Hayley Carter, San Francisco State University: Part of her fellowship at California Ocean Science Trust will be spent identifying commercial fisheries in California that might be top candidates for a California sustainability certification.

Andrea Dransfield, San Francisco State University: As a state fellow at the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, she will continue efforts to reduce the threat of ship strikes to the recovery of endangered and protected whales.

Anniken Lydon, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: She will help the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission identify systemwide sediment dynamics that allow flood control and watershed managers to evaluate impacts of individual projects to the entire system.

Katie Morrice, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories: At the Delta Science Program, she will be assisting with programs related to ecosystem restoration and water-supply reliability and addressing how climate change and adaptive management can be incorporated into these programs.

Jessica Watson, CSU Monterey Bay: She will assist the Coastal Conservancy with its efforts to help the state prepare for climate change by researching the most urgent management challenges, and the needs for funding or technical assistance to support climate change adaption.

Claire Waggoner, CSU Long Beach: She will work with the State Water Resources Control Board on amendments to the California Ocean Plan and other water-quality projects, covering a broad range of issues, including desalination, beach water quality and ocean acidification.