Meet the current Coral Reef Management Fellows. Archives for previous fellowship terms and a news section are also available below.
Derek Toloumo will play a pivotal role in the development, coordination, and implementation of sustainable development and community resilience projects and programs, focusing on the human aspect of coral reef ecosystem management, including sustainable development projects and climate change adaptation. By addressing human use of the Territory's limited resources, Derek will concentrate on actions and efforts that will increase the Territory’s ability to sustainably adapt to an ever-changing environment. In addition to empowering communities to conserve the health and sustainability of their coral reef resources, Derek will work to enhance community resilience to climate change via sustainable development and planning.
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Britta Baechler will primarily support local staff on projects related to the implementation of CNMI's marine sanctuary management plans. Additionally, she'll collect information on the newly established Tinian Fish Reserve and help draft a marine management plan. Another goal of this position is to mitigate anthropogenic impacts on local coral reefs by assisting in watershed conservation efforts and investigating the impacts of various fishing methods.
Karen Bohnsack is working with the FDEP Coral Reef Conservation Program, where she is responsible for coordinating the Southeast Florida Action Network - a marine incident reporting and response program, and the Marine Debris Reporting and Removal Program. Karen will also lead the development and implementation of local action strategies and management options to increase resilience of reef resources in the southeast Florida region, as well as oversee CRCP's participation in the Florida Reef Resilience Program Disturbance Response Monitoring surveys.
Roxanna Miller is working within the Guam Coastal Management Program, which is under the Bureau of Statistics and Plans. As a part of this program, Roxanna is heavily involved with the implementation of Guam's Long-Term Coral Reef Monitoring Program. She assists with data collection, entry, and analysis. She also assists in the development of outreach materials, with training for the Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program, and also provides outreach and educational activities to students of various age groups. Roxanna helps with review of any proposed actions concerning Guam’s coastal resources, including review of EIS document.
Anne Rosinksi is working in the Division of Aquatic Resources at the Department of Land and Natural Resources in Honolulu, HI. Her work will focus on the Makai Watch program, providing community members with opportunities to assist managing local resources. She will also aid in the implementation of Hawai‘i‘s Rapid Response Contingency Plan, which addresses the specific threats of bleaching, disease, and invasive species on the State’s coral reefs. Lastly, she will be helping to plan and implement conservation actions in marine managed areas on the islands of Maui and Hawai‘i, working with partner agencies and local communities in those areas.
Jeiger Medina’s host agency is the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico, Bureau of Coasts Reserves and Refuges. He will be working in Puerto Rico's coral reef priority areas, including Cabo Rojo and the North East Reserve, where he’ll be implementing plans that address overfishing, recreational overuse, and lack of local awareness.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Jenn Travis is responsible for further development of the Friends of the St. Croix East End Marine Park non-profit. In order to recruit more Friends members and build the value of membership, Jenn will work with the East End Marine Park rangers and education specialists to develop more events and activities for Friends group members and the community at large. Expansion of the program of events and activities are part of the other major task of her fellowship: implementing the Sustainable Tourism Plan as developed by previous fellow.
Coral Fellowship Newsletter
The Coral Fellowship Newsletter is a quarterly newsletter providing information about NOAA Coral Reef Management fellows and the fellowship program. This newsletter is published by the Coral Reef Conservation Program and celebrated its inaugural issue in January of 2008. It replaces Fellow News as the source of current events pertaining to the Coral Reef Management Fellowship.
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Fellow News is a quarterly newsletter providing information about NOAA fellows and fellowship programs. Between April 2006 and December 2007, the Coral Reef Management Fellowship was highlighted in each issue.