Anna Apostel, PhD candidate in Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE), has been named one of five Ohio finalists for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Finalists participate in a year-long program that places highly qualified graduate students in host offices in the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government.
“The Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides the ideal opportunity to take the next step towards advancing my career goals,” Apostel said. “I am excited about the opportunities to work with policy makers and learn more about the processes involved in marine policy development.”
Apostel chose to pursue her PhD in FABE, specializing in agricultural engineering, because of her passion for the interconnection between food and water. As a graduate student in FABE, Apostel has worked on watershed modeling in the Maumee River watershed, a major Lake Erie tributary. She has primarily focused on the historical impacts of land management practices in the region and how modeler decision making, data quantity, and data quality, can impact the uncertainty of developed models.
Apostel is advised by Dr. Margaret Kalcic, Assistant Professor in FABE.
“I am quite proud of Anna's achievement in receiving the Knauss fellowship and in being placed such an exciting program,” Kalcic said. “Anna has worked hard on her PhD, to conduct quality and policy-relevant research through engaging with stakeholders, and to learn about teaching through developing course materials in my classes. The Kalcic lab is excited to hear about Anna's upcoming exploits through this well-deserved opportunity.”
As a part of her Knauss Fellowship, Apostel will be placed at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research as the International Ocean Liaison for the Global Ocean Monitoring and Observing program. In this role, Apostel will be working on coordination and engagement for the upcoming OceanObs'19 conference, a decadal conference dedicated to connecting science to society in order to improve the global ocean observing system. She will also be working on developing relevant products for US priority areas for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
-by Chip Tuson