11/07/2012 09:18 AM
BATON ROUGE – Ryan Orgera, an LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology graduate
student who will complete his Ph.D. in environmental geography this December, has
been named a Knauss Fellow for 2013.
The National Sea Grant College Program’s Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship,
established in 1979, provides a unique educational experience to graduate students
who have an interest in ocean and coastal resources and national policy affecting
those resources. The program matches them with hosts in legislative or executive branch
offices in Washington, D.C., for one year.
Orgera grew up in Surfside Beach, S.C., and Englewood, Fla., but has lived in Baton
Rouge for a number of years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and a Master’s
of Arts degree in French studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Orgera is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish, and conversant in Swahili. He has
worked as a hazards mitigation and coastal management research associate in the LSU
Disaster Science and Management Center for nearly three years, as well as a French
instructor at LSU since 2008. He also taught English in France during the 2006-2007
“Simply put, my foremost professional goal is to work toward a sounder model of sustainable
marine stewardship,” said Orgera. “I pledge my unique skills as a marine geographer,
editor, linguist, author, researcher and community leader to any task that leads to
a healthier marine ecosystem. I am drawn to public service so to be able to effect
positive change in how we treat and manage marine spaces, and I can’t think of any
more distinguished way to start this career than as a Knauss Fellow.”
Orgera said through his doctoral research into congressional hearings, court decisions,
executive orders and legislation, he discovered a pattern of reverence for the terrestrial
wilderness emerges but not for the oceanic environment.
“This research will be invaluable to closing that gap,” he added.
Orgera is one of the 51 fellows selected nationwide for 2013. He was nominated for
the Knauss Fellowship by the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, and is the first
LSU geography and anthropology student nominated by Louisiana Sea Grant.
The Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship is named in honor of one of Sea Grant’s
founders, former NOAA administrator John A. Knauss. For more information, visit http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/knauss/.
For more information on the LSU Department of Geography and Anthropology in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, visit http://www.ga.lsu.edu/. For more on the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, visit http://hss.lsu.edu/.
Posted on Wednesday, November 7, 2012