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Coastal Management Fellowship

2020-2022 Fellowship Project Summaries

California: Meghan Martinez, from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and nominated by Texas Sea Grant, was matched with the California State Coastal Conservancy to help implement, track, and evaluate a visionary regional plan to restore southern California’s wetlands, the Regional Strategy 2018, as well as support a community-based wetland restoration grant program in order to increase coastal wetland resilience that benefits all people in California.

Delaware: Nicole Marks, from Villanova University and nominated by Pennsylvania Sea Grant, was matched with the Delaware Coastal Programs to develop a decision-tree process for communities, homeowners, business owners, and land stewards to follow on actions they can undertake to mitigate flooding impacts from sea level rise and coastal storms; and provide outreach and education on the process.

Guam: Chelsey Willetts, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and nominated by Wisconsin Sea Grant, was matched with the Guam Coastal Management Program to update the draft Seashore Reserve Plan in conjunction with partner agencies in order to have the plan submitted through the Guam Territorial Planning Process for adoption.

Maryland: Kate Vogel, from the University of Michigan and nominated by Michigan Sea Grant, was matched with the Maryland Chesapeake and Coastal Service to identify and implement new technical guidance and on-the-ground climate adaptation best practices for several Maryland Department of Natural Resources land unit sites in order to assist land managers in ensuring the long-term resilience of our ecosystems, infrastructure, recreational uses, and public access.

Texas: Brian DeSanti, from Texas Tech University and nominated by Texas Sea Grant, was matched with the Texas Coastal Management Program to implement water quality management measures along the Texas coast through stakeholder engagement, data analysis and communication, and strategic programmatic review.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Kerrin Toner, from Louisiana State University and nominated by Louisiana Sea Grant, was matched with the U.S. Virgin Islands Coastal Zone Management Program to produce an updated St. Thomas East End Reserves 5-year Management Plan through a transparent, inclusive, and fully informed process in order to provide managers and partners with a prioritized set of actions that protect the social and ecological communities of St Thomas.