Hard at Work in Washington, D.C.
UW Sea Grant is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Watters was selected as Wisconsin’s 2007 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow. Watters traveled to Washington, D.C., in early 2007 to begin his work in the office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington.
Watters is busy helping the senator and her staff with several pieces of legislation involving oil spills and marine-related impacts of climate change, and establishing a national ocean observing system. Cantwell is a member of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and she chairs the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard. “My responsibilities include a combination of anything and everything,” said Watters, who plans to defend his thesis for his M.S. in limnology later this summer. “It’s definitely been a learning experience so far.”
Sponsored by the National Sea Grant College Program, the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in the national policy decisions affecting ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. The one-year paid fellowship places highly qualified graduate students in positions within the legislative and executive branches of government located in the Washington, D.C., area. For more information, visit www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/knauss.html.