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2018 Knauss Fellowship Students Selected

Feb 15, 2018 | News

Headshot of Cotti-Rausch.S.C. Sea Grant Consortium nominees Bridget Cotti-Rausch and Doug Bell have been selected for the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship , providing them the opportunity to spend a year living, working, and learning in the Washington, D.C. area.

The competitive fellowships are offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program . Recipients are matched with host organizations in the legislative and executive branches of government.

Cotti-Rausch earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Palm Beach Atlantic University and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in marine science from the University of South Carolina (USC). Her research focused on phytoplankton ecology, and she has studied phytoplankton in a variety of ecosystems, from coastal South Carolina to the North Pacific.

Cotti-Rausch joined the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium as a program specialist early in 2017, helping coordinate the Stormwater Ponds Research and Management Collaborative.

In Washington, Cotti-Rausch will hold a joint position between the non-profit Coastal States Organization (CSO) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. She will integrate the efforts of the EPA with the activities of the CSO, a group that seeks to advance coastal management needs through legislation, funding, and partnerships with federal agencies.

Photo of Bridget Cotti-Rausch by Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Headshot of Bell.Bell earned his bachelor’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in marine science from USC. His graduate focus was on understanding the cycling of dissolved and particulate phosphorous in coastal marine ecosystems.

Bell was selected in 2015 for the Kathryn D. Sullivan Fellowship, awarded by the S.C. Sea Grant and S.C. Space Grant consortiums. Bell also served three years as program coordinator for USC’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. In Washington, Bell will work on policy planning in NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). In addition to being involved in broad-scale strategic planning across OAR, he will assist with individual laboratory evaluations.

Photo of Doug Bell by Susan Ferris Hill, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

The Knauss fellowship program is designed to provide educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions that affect their use, management, and conservation.

More information about the Knauss fellowship and other opportunities for students.