CC&E Researcher Receives National Academies Fellowship



BATON ROUGE - David Reeves, a Ph.D. candidate in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, has been awarded a Science Policy Fellowship from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Fellows are granted a one-year experience at a federal or state environmental, natural resources, oil and gas, or public health agency in the Gulf of Mexico region.  


Reeves, whose research interests include fisheries ecology and natural resources management, will work at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Lafayette, La., where he will participate in a variety of ecological assessments and the planning of restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast. John Tirpak, science coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf Restoration Program, will serve as his mentor.



Reeves, a native of Fairhope, Ala., received his Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences at Loyola University in New Orleans in 2012 and a Master    of Science in oceanography and coastal sciences at LSU in 2015.  Don Baltz, professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, and Ed Chesney, associate professor, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, or LUMCON, serve as Reeves’ Ph.D. advisers.


“I look forward to increasing my understanding of how science can be applied to inform policy,” said Reeves. “I also see the fellowship as a great  opportunity to build upon the skills I have learned at LSU and to better apply my research to natural resources management.”


Nine researchers from Gulf Coast-area institutions received the 2017 Science Policy Fellowships. Awarded to graduate or professional students, or those who have completed their studies within the past five years and have shown a strong scientific or technical background, superior academic achievement, and leadership qualities, the fellowship provides an annual stipend of $45,000 for current students or $55,000 for graduates.




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