UAF student Maggie Chan awarded marine policy fellowship in DC

July 12, 2017

woman's smiling face Maggie Chan

Maggie Chan, graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will head to Washington, DC, next year as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow.

She is in a select group of 61 fellows nominated by Sea Grant programs nationwide who will start their fellowships in February 2018.

Chan is a PhD candidate in the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, studying the effects of regulations on subsistence and sport halibut fishing in Alaska. Her results provide much needed information on the adaptations fishers make in response to environmental and regulatory changes. She plans to graduate in December 2017.

If given the option, Chan would choose to work in the legislative branch of government. “A legislative fellowship would help me synthesize our national perspective toward marine resources, and I hope to take that perspective to the international fisheries management stage,” she said.

Experience working in coastal communities from Madagascar to Alaska has inspired her career aspiration to work in international marine policy.

Alaska Sea Grant currently has two Knauss Fellows in DC. Charlotte Regula-Whitefield is a legislative fellow in US Senator Lisa Murkowski’s office, and Kelly Cates works as an executive fellow in the NOAA Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs.

The one-year Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship was established in 1979 to provide an educational opportunity for students interested in marine resources and national policy decisions. The experience has served as a springboard to related careers for over a thousand fellows.

Alaska Sea Grant is a statewide marine research, education, and outreach program, and is a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program agents provide assistance that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy marine and coastal resources.