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Delaware Sea Grant selects marine policy student for prestigious Knauss fellowship

Graduate student Meredith Kurz arrived at University of Delaware in 2015 to study marine policy because she “wanted to be directly involved in the policymaking associated with the sustainable management of our ocean and coasts,” especially as it relates to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Growing up, Kurz had always imagined she would become a marine biologist but as an undergraduate student she realized that her greatest passion was at the intersection of research and policy.

“I became convinced that the best way to position myself to affect our country’s relationship with the ocean and coasts was to build interdisciplinary knowledge including science, policy and economics,” she said.

Beginning Feb. 1, Kurz will use the knowledge she’s gained at UD to work as a 2018 Knauss Fellow within the Ocean Acidification Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research.

The National Sea Grant College Program and NOAA sponsor the  Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program, which provides a unique educational and career development experience to students interested in the national policy decisions that affect ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources.