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Coastal Management Fellowship

2018-2020 Fellowship Project Summaries

California: Amber Roberts, from Stanford University and nominated by California Sea Grant, was matched with the California Coastal Commission to complete several key sea level rise-related projects that include data analysis, vulnerability assessment, and stakeholder engagement to advance the coastal commission’s overall planning and regulatory work on sea level rise.

Coastal States Organization: Alexis Cunningham, from the University of Delaware and nominated by Delaware Sea Grant, was matched with the Coastal States Organization to lead Coastal States Organization and Association of State Floodplain Managers’ efforts to promote and improve the Community Rating System (CRS) as a tool to achieve coastal flood resilience, including bridging the gap for communities that do not have sufficient capacity to join or advance in the CRS.

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: Kelsey McClellan, from the College of Charleston and nominated by South Carolina Sea Grant, was matched with the CNMI Division of Coastal Resources Management to establish and pilot a stakeholder-informed method of calculating the user capacity of impaired and emerging tourist sites in the CNMI and provide clear implementation recommendations to guide the sustainable development of a growing tourism industry.

Delaware: Sierra Davis, from the University of Rhode Island and nominated by Rhode Island Sea Grant, was matched with the Delaware Coastal Program to use stakeholder input to develop a method to prioritize dredging projects in Delaware that is easily understood and accepted by the public.

Illinois: Cody Eskew completed his fellowship with the Illinois Coastal Management Program where he worked with the Illinois Sand Management Working Group, a regional community of practice collaborating on shoreline management, to identify stakeholder needs and develop resources. He also collaborated on the development of two innovative coastal resilience projects and explored regional beneficial use of dredge material opportunities.

Maine: Ellen Bartow-Gillies, from Texas A&M University and nominated by Texas Sea Grant, was matched with the Maine Coastal Program to protect critical ecosystem services by designing and applying a method to prioritize habitats at risk and inform robust policies and strategies that will increase the resilience of important resource areas.

National Association of Counties: Shanna Williamson, from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and nominated by Virginia Sea Grant, was matched with the National Association of Counties in Washington, D.C. to conduct original research and outreach that will help coastal counties in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi increase their long-term resilience by assessing their mitigation plans, evaluating their disaster-related spending to determine their return on investment, and ensuring their use of cutting-edge Digital Coast tools.

National States Geographic Information Council: Richard Buzard, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and nominated by Alaska Sea Grant, was matched with the National States Geographic Information Council to help rural Alaskan coastal communities understand flood impacts and respond to coastal storms, and develop flood impact guidance for coastal mapping on the last frontier, while working with the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys and collaborating with local, regional, state, federal, and national stakeholders.

Washington: Sydney Fishman, from Duke University and nominated by North Carolina Sea Grant, was matched with the Washington Coastal Zone Management Program to provide coastal managers with information and tools to improve implementation of shoreline armoring regulations on Washington’s Puget Sound.