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Cannizzo, Lundsted, and Weinstock Earn Fellowships

Nov 28, 2018 | News

Cannizzo. S.C. Sea Grant Consortium nominees Zachary Cannizzo, Justine Lundsted, and Stacey Weinstock have been selected for the 2019 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 National Sea Grant College Program. Recipients are matched with host organizations in the legislative and executive branches of government.

Cannizzo earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and biological aspects of conservation from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and recently completed his Ph.D. in marine science at the University of South Carolina. His research work focused on climate mediated range expansion of the mangrove tree crab Aratus pisonii into the salt marshes of northern Florida and southern Georgia.

Lundsted.During his fellowship year, Cannizzo will work in the Marine Protected Area Center of NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. His role will be to support collaborative interagency efforts related to climate vulnerability and adaptation of Marine Protected Areas and the protected species found within them.

Photo of Zachary Cannizzo by Linda Cannizzo.

Lundsted obtained her bachelor’s in marine science at Coastal Carolina University before entering a joint Peace Corps Master’s International and M.S. in Environmental Studies program at the College of Charleston. On the way to earning her master’s degree, she spent 26 months in the Philippines, where she worked as a coastal resource management advisor with a local government evaluating Marine Protected Area effectiveness, conducting socio-economic assessments, and assessing coastal ecosystem health.

Lundsted’s Knauss fellowship will be a joint coastal resource management position between the Environmental Protection Agency and the nonprofit Coastal States Organization.

Photo of Justine Lundsted provided by Justine Lundsted.

Weinstock.Weinstock has two B.S. degrees from Virginia Tech – one in fisheries science with a focus on marine fisheries and one in wildlife science with a minor in biology. She worked as a graduate research assistant in the S.C. Sea Grant office while earning her M.S. in Environmental Studies from College of Charleston.

Weinstock’s thesis work concerned trip satisfaction among recreational charter fishing stakeholders. She will continue in that field during her Knauss year as an international policy fellow in the Office of Law Enforcement at NOAA with a focus on illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

Photo of Stacey Weinstock provided by Stacey Weinstock.