Doctoral student chosen as finalist for John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Jack Ouligian
August 03, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Brian Redder, a doctoral student studying soil science and biogeochemistry in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was chosen by Pennsylvania Sea Grant to participate in the National Sea Grant's John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program, class of 2021.

Knauss finalists are enrolled in or recently have completed master’s, juris doctor or doctoral programs with a focus or interest in marine and coastal science, policy or management. Finalists are chosen through a competitive process that includes several rounds of review at the state Sea Grant program and national levels. Since 1979, more than 1,400 fellows have completed the program, becoming leaders in science, policy and public administration roles.

Brian Redder

Brian Redder, a doctoral student studying soil science and biogeochemistry.

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Redder, who also holds a master’s degree in forest resources from Penn State, cited his research on water quality as crucial to his goals as a Knauss Fellow.

“My current work at Penn State revolves around water quality and the preservation of our nation’s waterways,” he said. “I work to understand sources of pollution to rivers and streams and calculate how much of a certain pollutant will end up in lakes, oceans and estuaries.”

He said while his work focuses on the Chesapeake Bay watershed, specifically the area surrounding the Susquehanna River, poor water quality is a problem “in every corner of the country, and my research aims to identify and reduce the amount of pollutants making their way into oceans and harming aquatic ecosystems.”

This fall, Redder will interview for placements with potential host organizations, which can include agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of the Interior and the National Science Foundation, as well as Senate and House committees and other legislative offices.

During his one-year appointment, Redder said he wants to build his skill set and focus on translating his research into meaningful political action. He explained that placement in either the legislative or executive branch would allow him to enhance his science communication skills and build connections that can lead to future career opportunities.

“I’m very excited to participate in the Knauss Fellowship Program,” he said. “With this fellowship, I can combine my technical training in water sciences, effective communication skills, and interest in government and policy to protect and preserve our water resources.”

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Last Updated August 04, 2020