PhD student named 2020 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Finalist
Meredith Richardson is a finalist for the 2020 class of the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program. This prestigious fellowship provides a unique experience to qualifying graduate students interested in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and related policy decisions. Finalists are placed in host offices in the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government for a “one-year paid immersive policy experience in the Washington, D.C. area.”
Richardson is a Ph.D. student in the Water Resources Engineering and Science program, where her research focuses on the thermodynamic underpinnings of natural ecosystems and how human perturbations impact their stability.
“In this fellowship I aim to gain a broader understanding of how the Executive and Legislative branches work together to implement new policies, so I am looking for a position that enables me to experience science policy work that spans multiple agencies and/or branches of government,” Richardson said. “I would love to eventually build a career in leadership in environmental policy and the opportunity to shape policy development and future research directions at the national level.”
Richardson will join 68 other finalists in Washington, D.C., this fall to interview with several executive or legislative offices. Following placement, finalists will begin their fellowship in February 2020.