UNH Graduate Receives Dean
John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
Contact: Kirsten Weir
NH Sea Grant
Jan. 19, 2006
DURHAM, N.H. -- Recent University of New Hampshire graduate John
Meyer, who completed his master’s in zoology in May 2005,
has been awarded a Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship
for 2006. Sponsored by the National Sea Grant College Program, the
year-long paid fellowship program matches recent graduate students
with hosts in the legislative and executive branches of government.
Beginning in February, Meyer will spend one year in Washington,
D.C., working with U.S. Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-Maryland) on marine-related
policies and regulations. “I’ve been into ecology for
a long time, but I’ve always had policy in the back of my
mind,” Meyer says.
Meyer, originally from San Diego, first became interested in marine
policy while earning a bachelor’s in environmental studies
from the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a master’s
candidate at UNH, Meyer worked with assistant professor of zoology
Jeb Byers to study ecology in the Gulf of Maine. Specifically, he
investigated how the creation of the Western Gulf of Maine Closure
Area, an area closed to ground fishing, has affected the local community
Meyer has also been involved with the National Center for Ecological
Analysis and Synthesis. The project, based at UC Santa Barbara,
brings researchers together to synthesize ecological data, making
it available to both policy-makers and the public. Through his research
and his work with NCEAS, Meyer has been able to pursue his interest
in ecosystem-based management, a process that blends biological,
social and economic factors into a comprehensive strategy for protecting
“I think ecosystem-based management is going to be a big issue
in coming years,” Meyer predicts. He looks forward to becoming
even more involved through his work on Capitol Hill. “This
is exactly what I’m into: bringing science to inform policy,”
The Knauss fellowship program is named in honor of John A. Knauss,
a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
and a founder of the Sea Grant program. Sea Grant is national network
of more than 30 programs that provide support, leadership and expertise
for university-based marine research, extension and education.
Sea Grant is now accepting applications for the 2007 Knauss fellowship.
The program is open to graduate and professional students in marine-
or aquatics-related fields. The deadline for applications is April
6, 2006. For more information, visit http://www.seagrant.unh.edu/fellowships.html.
Editors: A photo is available to download here: http://unhinfo.unh.edu/news/img/seagrant/JohnMeyer.jpg.
Caption: John Meyer, Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow for