Earlier this year, former PICRC Researcher Lincoln Rehm was selected as a finalist for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Sixty-eight fellows were selected across the United States to work with either the Legislative or Executive Branch of the U.S. within a marine policy capacity.
The goal of this fellowship is to provide graduate students the opportunity to network and gain professional experience in offices that focus on marine policy issues. Fellows can choose to work with either branch, and Lincoln Rehm selected to work with the Executive Branch, interviewing with 18 different offices such as NOAA, Department of Treasury, Department of Energy, and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
After the interview process, Lincoln matched with NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service as a Data Governance and Policy Fellow. His job will be to work alongside multiple offices to ensure data is equitable and accessible to decision-makers at all levels. Many previous fellows have gone on to continue working in high level positions within the US government, run for state office, or even continue research as a post-doc!
The one-year fellowship begins on February 1, 2022 right around the date of his PhD defense. Lincoln Rehm hopes to use his experiences at PICRC and through his graduate studies to positively impact how fisheries data is used across NOAA and throughout the government.