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Knauss Marine Policy Fellows

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Ann-Christine Zinkann

Executive Fellow, 2020

Education: Ann-Christine has a Master of Science degree in Biology from University of Hamburg, Germany, working on the ecology of holothurians along the Southern Polar Front using fatty acid and stable isotope measurements.

Professional and Research Interests: Ann-Christine has participated in different research cruises working on food web analyses and identification of various benthic organisms in the Antarctic and Atlantic Ocean.

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Amy Kirkham

Legislative Fellow, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski's Office, 2019

Education: Amy earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from Stanford University, where she studied marine biology. After beginning a master’s in biological sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Kirkham transferred programs and is currently completing her Ph.D. in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is focusing on Weddell seals.

Professional and Research Interests: Amy traveled to Antarctica seven times over four years to study the seals for her research. She also spent time in the Pribilof Islands during graduate school. These experiences have provided Kirkham with insight into polar issues that will make her unique among Knauss fellows.

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Maggie Chan

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (Majority), Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, 2018

Education: BA in environmental biology, 2008, Barnard College, Columbia University; PhD in fisheries, 2018, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Professional and Research Interests: Maggie completed her PhD in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, in August 2018, studying the effects of subsistence halibut regulations in Alaska with assistant professor Anne Beaudreau. “My results provide much needed information on the adaptations harvesters make in response to environmental and regulatory changes,” she said. Experience working in coastal communities from Madagascar to Alaska has inspired her career plan to work in international marine policy.

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Kelly Cates

Executive Fellow, NOAA Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, 2017

Education: BS in marine biology, 2012, Western Washington University

Professional and Research Interests: Kelly expects to complete her MS in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2017. She is studying hormonal profiles of humpback whales to create baseline indices for future management decisions. “My studies pair nicely with my overall professional interests, sustainable conservation of natural resources,” Kelly said. She wants to foster cooperation between science, policy and stakeholders to create a system that can sustainably provide for all resource users. “I find work at the intersection of science and policy rewarding and engaging,” she said.

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Charlotte Regula-Whitefield

Legislative Fellow, Office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, 2017

Education: MS in marine sciences, 2010, University of New England; BS in marine biology, 2008, Roger Williams University

Professional and Research Interests: Charlotte is finishing her PhD in marine biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “I have always been fascinated by the unique adaptations of marine organisms to their environments, and coastal communities’ response to fluctuations in the marine resources they rely on,” she said. Charlotte is interested in public policy as well. She plans to continue to work with regional partners on resource management concerns and would like to become a marine scientist who is a liaison to managers and policy-makers. “These skills would be beneficial to me as I continue to work toward my career goal of developing multidisciplinary research alongside industry, community, and resource partners,” Charlotte said.

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Thomas Farrugia

US House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, 2015

Education: MS in marine biology, 2010, California State University, Long Beach; BS in biology, 2005, McGill University.

Professional and Research Interests: As a University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate student working toward a PhD in fisheries, Thomas has been studying sharks, skates and rays. His dissertation was put on hold for his year as a Knauss Fellow. After completing his doctorate, he said, “I’d like to work at the international level on developing fishery management plans with countries that may not have them.” Learning how legislation is crafted and what goes into the legislative process gave Thomas good experience with the public policy aspect of natural resource management in the oceans.

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Previous Alaska Knauss Fellows and what they're now doing

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  • Maryann Bozza (2009) was a program manager with the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University. She passed away in 2017.
  • Celeste Leroux (2009) is deputy associate director for Oceans and Coasts at White House Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, D.C.
  • Erin Steiner Malick (2009) is an economist with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington
  • Seanbob Kelly (2008) is a fishery management specialist with NOAA Fisheries in Juneau
  • Erika Feller (1995) is senior advisor for North America Conservation at the Nature Conservancy in Virginia. She recently completed a two-year assignment working on ecosystem restoration issues as a member of the White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • William Robie (1992) is the executive assistant of the Hardware Lumber Manufacturers Assoc. of Pennsylvania
  • Carl Rebstock (1992) is a colonel in the US Army and executive director of Passionfish.org, a public education program devoted to seafood health and sustainability
  • Jill Brady (1991) is an economist with the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council
  • Shannon Evans (1991) is an attorney in Calgary, Alberta, Canada