Coastal Management, Policy Fellows to work with state and federal agencies

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From left to right, Aka Beebe, Anita Tsang and Kiloaulani Kaʻawa-Gonzales.

Three postgraduate fellows have a unique opportunity to work directly with state and federal agencies through the University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program (Hawaii Sea Grant) E. Gordon Grau Fellowship Program for Coastal Resource Management and Policy (Grau Fellowship).

The paid scholarship, named in honor of Emeritus Professor E. Gordon Grau, Hawaii The visionary former director of Sea Grant offers students the opportunity to gain relevant political experience in Hawaii and, for many, to pursue career opportunities in their home countries. It is hoped that the Grau Fellows will help lead Hawaii to a better future.

Postgraduate Fellows

Anita Tsang, recently graduated from uh The Mānoa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management brings its experience in marine biology, conservation and scientific monitoring to the State of Hawaii Aquatic Resources Division (GDR). Throughout her two-year internship, she will focus on the effective management of coastal waters, working directly with GDR staff, communities and stakeholders.

Kilaulani Kaʻawa-Gonzales, who was born and raised on Molokaʻi and returned home with a master’s degree in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology from Colorado State University, will work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Pacific Region Executive Council on the Conservation of Natural and Cultural Resources at Lalo, or French Frigate Shoals, in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

Aliases Beebe, who successfully defended his doctoral thesis in biological oceanography at uh Mānoa last year, spent his scholarship at NOAA Pacific Islands Region Office of National Marine Sanctuaries working on climate adaptation and planning for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, American Samoa National Marine Sanctuary, and Papahānaumokuākea National Marine Monument.

Recruitment of reception desks

By March 1, Hawaii Sea Grant is recruiting potential Host Offices to provide educational opportunities for a new cohort of Grau Scholars who will begin their two-year fellowship on September 1. Host offices can be any municipal, state, federal or Hawaiinon-profit organization that works on coastal or marine research, policy or management.

Host office requests should be submitted by email to Maya Walton to [email protected] before March 1 at 5 p.m.

This scholarship is an example of uh Mānoa’s goal of improving student achievement (PDF) and Building a Sustainable and Resilient Campus Environment: Part of the Global Movement for Sustainability and Climate Resilience (PDF), two of the four objectives defined in the Strategic Plan 2015-2025 (PDF), updated December 2020.

–By Cindy Knapman

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