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3 Alumni, 1 PhD Candidate Receive California Sea Grant Fellowships

Three recent Bren graduates and a current PhD candidate were recently awarded California Sea Grant State Fellowships. Paige Berube, Heather Dennis, and Hilary Walecka (all MESM 2015) and Lindsey Peavey (PhD 2016) will soon begin their year-long paid appointments with their respective host organizations, gaining experience in coastal and marine policy and resource management.

California Sea Grant, headquartered in San Diego at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography, is a program within the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that supports marine research, outreach, and education throughout the state. Each year, outstanding students and recent graduates from graduate programs around California are accepted to the fellowship program. Fellows are placed with state agencies and organizations where they receive unique training in management and policy decisions related to the state’s ocean resources. The 2016 California Sea Grant Fellowship cohort comprises 21 recipients, the program’s largest class to date.

The placements for the four Bren School students are:


Paige Berube is at the Ocean Protection Council, where she will focus on the effects of climate change on ocean conditions, such as sea-level rise, ocean acidification, and El Niño.



Heather Dennis is at the State Coastal Conservancy as part of its South Coast Program, coordinating wetland restoration projects throughout Southern California and collaborating with various stakeholders to implement those projects.

Lindsey Peavey is the first State Fellow with the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service's Southwest Fisheries Science Center. She will be developing dynamic ocean-management strategies that can be included in state and federal fisheries management to maximize profits while reducing ecological damage.


Hilary Walecka is working with the Climate Ready Program at the State Coastal Conservancy, where she will be working to strengthen the program’s coastal climate adaptation work and projects by engaging stakeholders, refining parameters, and developing pilot studies.