Knauss Marine Policy 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

Professional and Research Interests: Maggie expects to complete her PhD in fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, in December 2017. She is 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.


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.


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.