Two chosen for prestigious marine policy fellowship

May 29, 2012

By Jim Hiney

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Two candidates sponsored by the Texas Sea Grant College Program have been named finalists for prestigious 2013 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships.

Sepp Haukebo and Henry Busch Hodde III will travel to Washington, D.C., this fall to interview with representatives from potential host offices in the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government. Once they are each placed with a host office, Haukebo and Hodde will be formally accepted as Knauss Fellows. They will begin their fellowships in early 2013 and spend the rest of the year learning about marine policy issues through their work for their host offices.

Haukebo graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston and he is pursuing a master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station. His ultimate goal is to earn a doctorate in coastal ecosystem management and then promote conservation through research and education.

Hodde received a bachelor’s degree in residential science from Florida State University and he is on track to receive his master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Houston-Clear Lake by the end of this year. His graduate research focuses on coastal community resilience and sustainability — two areas that he wants to make the focus of his professional career.

Administered by the National Sea Grant Office, Knauss Fellowships provide a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting these resources. The program is open to students who are enrolled toward a degree in a graduate or professional program and they are required to apply through the nearest state Sea Grant Program. The fellowship is named in honor of one of Sea Grant’s founders, former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator John A. Knauss.

Since the fellowship’s inception in 1979, Texas Sea Grant has had 52 applicants accepted into the program. Texas Sea Grant has four 2012 Knauss Fellows — three from Texas universities and one from Oklahoma State University. For more information on Knauss Fellowships, go to http://texas-sea-grant.tamu.edu/WhatWeDo/KnaussFellowships2012.html.

The Texas Sea Grant College Program is a partnership of university, government and industry focusing on marine research, education and outreach. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is one of 32 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is based in the College of Geosciences Texas A&M University.

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(Left to right) Sepp Haukebo and Henry Busch Hodde III

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.